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More dead bodies – Puerto Inka, Peru

One of our overnight stops while in Peru, was a pretty basic resort in the middle of what seemed like nowhere, at Puerto Inka (or Inca).  Its saving grace was the amazing Incan ruins just behind the hotel.  We’d already seen the desert mummies so we knew what mummy remains looked like, and human remains and … Continue reading

Hair-cutting ceremony – Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo is where most trekkers set off on their four day hike to Machu Picchu. When we planned to go to Peru, I never in a million years would have considered I’d be involved in a special ceremony in a small Quechua village just near here.  In Quechuan culture, the baby hair cutting ceremony goes back … Continue reading

The many varied faces of Peru

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Ollantaytambo – gateway town to Machu Picchu, Peru

Ollantaytambo is where most trekkers set off on their four day hike to Machu Picchu.  Its where we started our epic 1.5 hour train ride to same.  Forgive me but I’m not walking for 4 days at high altitude and sleeping in a tent when I can easily catch a train.  If that’s your thing, go … Continue reading

Huacachina – Peruvian Oasis

A unique place in the middle of the vast, arid Peruvian desert is the Huacachina Oasis.  A small town of only about 100 people, which boasts a number of cafes, restaurants, hotels and activities due to the steep sand dunes and the beautiful lake.  In such a dry environment, its had to imagine such a lush … Continue reading

Desert Mummies of Peru

When many people think of Peru, they think of the jungle or Machu Picchu, which is what I knew before I travelled there. Now having been there, when I think of Peru, I think of the vast and incredible desert, enormous sand dunes and crystal clear skies.  Yes Machu Picchu was amazing but I’m not so … Continue reading

The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca – Peru

There is something I find a little uncomfortable at viewing people as you would animals in a zoo.  Thats a bit like how I felt visiting the floating island of Lake Titicaca.  The islands themselves are located near Puno, Peru, and the people are known as Uros and speak a language called Aymara, and no doubt … Continue reading

Volcanoes and Architecture in Arequipa, Peru – UNESCO World Heritage Site

The historic center of Arequipa, Peru is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Its history, scenery and cultural sites make it a popular destination and with good reason.  The scenery is spectacular with the snow-covered volcanoes and the Andes mountains surrounding the city.  With an mix of interesting architectural styles and an easily walkable historic district, … Continue reading

Santa Catalina Monastery – Arequipa, Peru

In Arequipa, Peru is a fully functioning convent of Catholic nuns of the Dominican Second Order called the Santa Catalina Monastery. Nowadays, they only occupy a small portion of this huge monastery and the rest is open for the public to visit. For much of its 400 year history, the convent was closed to the … Continue reading

Aguas Calientes – gateway to Macchu Picchu, Peru

Macchu Picchu is a must do destination for any traveller to Peru.  Its quite simply spectacular, and I’ll be sure to do a post about that in future.  As Macchu Picchu is high up in the mountains, when you are visiting, you will likely stay in the small township of Aguas Calientes in the valley below … Continue reading

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