The Inca-redible Sacred Valley

For our second week in Peru, we wanted to revisit an area we first explored 11 years ago: Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. Back then we hiked the four day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and enjoyed the nightlife of Cuzco. This time we wanted to stay somewhere else (as well as revisiting Cuzco) in the…

Ceviche and Pisco sours A.K.A. how to cope with turning 35

A misunderstanding of the US visa rules meant we needed to exit and re-enter the country to get another 90 days in the States so we could finish our exploration. Countries neighbouring the USA were forbidden, so a trip back to South America was soon devised. We quickly booked two weeks in Peru, and in that time one of our…

Highlights from one year of travelling (2010-11)

It was an amazing year and I can’t believe we are home. Here are some of the best bits (along side ratings as you would expect from us): Brazil (8.5/10) Staying in the cool neighbourhood of Santa Teresa in a lovely pousada (Rio) Dancing the samba and getting drunk in Lapa (Rio) Watching the World…

Huacachina: a desert oasis

Huacachina was initially not a must-see destination in Peru but more of a stopover to break our long journey between Huaraz and Tacna, on the Chilean border (around 30 hours if you did it all in one go!). However, as soon as we drove into the village from Ica (where you take the bus to) I…

The Santa Cruz trek

After visiting the vast Chimu ruins at Chan Chan (where we were constantly asked to have our picture taken with locals) we took a nightbus to Huaraz. I have never been much of a trekker but once we got to Huaraz, doing a four-day, three-night 45 km hike (and for only US$120) seemed like the…