Lima: A First Impression and a boat trip to the Islas Ballestas

It has been an amazing yet quick first week here in Peru. Though the time has gone fast I have already seen and learned a lot about Peruvian culture. Of course I have only scratched the surface and am excited for what is yet to come. When I first arrived in Lima I was greeted by Julio and Tim at the gate. The moment that we stepped out from the airport into the nights humid yet chilly air, Julio greeted me by saying, “Welcome to Lima, the most depressing city.” Though he meant it in the context of the looming grey skies that bear above the city I have found that the people of Lima make this city far from depressing. They seem to be happy and jovial people who [Continue reading…]

Sep 162009
Last look at the Nazca Lines

I spend my sober nights in Lima tossing and turning like a kid in need of a Dum-Dums fix. Usually, the cause of my uneasiness is the cold — Lima keeps stiff with a thick fog that drops temperatures below 50F most nights and proves far more effective at coverage than my wool blanket. Sometimes, it’s my content — unlike my colleague Sophie Ball, who is charged with the enviable task of reviewing Peruvian cuisine (she will be running out of stars before long), my content can get grim at times, like when I’m asking a supermodel how long she thinks it take before global warming ravages the Peruvian farming industry. Therefore, my trip to the desert towns of Haucachina and Nazca was made with a slight air of desperation [Continue reading…]

Machu Picchu Town Celebrates Anniversary with Artistic Show

The Andean town of Machu Picchu, which houses the famous Inca citadel bearing the same name, will celebrate its 68th foundation anniversary with a series of activities including a serenade, a fireworks display and an artistic show. The local municipality said the activities will begin on September 30 with a children’s show, a parade and a serenade in which local artists and the Hermanos Yaipen band will participate. A fireworks show called “Noche de Luces” will be put on Thursday, October 1, at midnight in Machu Picchu town. Anniversary activities will run through the day and will include a flag-raising ceremony, followed by a school parade and a mass to be attended by local authorities. According to the municipality, a series of bands will perform on October 2 to officialy [Continue reading…]

Visiting Puno, Sillustani and the Floating Islands

If you make your way to Puno it is a must to see the Floating Islands! They are unique in the world and really interesting to see. The Floating artificial Islands are generally made of bundled reeds, and the best known examples are those of the Uros people of Lake Titicaca, Peru, who build their villages upon what are in effect huge rafts of bundled totora reeds. The Uros originally created their islands to prevent attacks by their more aggressive neighbors, the Incas and Collas. We booked an organized tour to see the Floating Islands – again I had to make the experience that the tour agencies promise more than they will actually give to you!!! You can also go by yourself to the islands, but I think it is [Continue reading…]

Sep 122009
DIY Arequpia and Colca Cañon

After doing the Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu, me and Chani were “toured out“. No way that we were gonna go onto another tour in Arequipa… We went to the local bus station, bought a ticket to Chivay and then we took it easy from there. In the same afternoon we walked to the local hot springs of Chivay and we got healed from all kinds of diseases that we did not even know that we had haha. Next day – following the “instructions“ of the Lonely Planet we made our way to Yanque and back to Chivay– and the hike was sooooooo beautiful. There were almost no tourists around and we were enjoying the silence and of course the beautiful landscape of the Colca Cañon. We passed pre-Incan terraces [Continue reading…]

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