8 years ago I was in France, there was a museum strike for the entire time I was in the city of Paris. This meant that I could not go to Versailles, top of my bucket list, nor the Louvre.
When we arrived in Arequipa we wanted to visit the Colca Canyon to see the world's deepest canyon, and the famous flight of the condor. BUT there was a strike, so we waited for 2 days for the situation to clear up. Lucky for us, it did.
We managed to get a spot on a 2 day 1 night Colca Ca
Day Four, our last day on the trail, my alarm went off at 250am. I wasn't confident that I could ready myself in 20 minutes and there was no way I was going to hold my group up, jeopardising our place in the queue.
Everyone had the same idea. We opted for a boxed breakfast instead of a sit down affair to gain a further advantage and we all but ran to the checkpoint. We were third in line.
The checkpoint has a few benches covered by a tin roof. Unless you arrive early you h
Day Three was easily my favourite day of the hike. Not because it was easier, it was but anything is easier after Day Two, because we visited my favourite ruins of the hike. That's right, I actually enjoyed them more than the main event- Machu Picchu. Ooohh zing!
That morning we had a sleep in, 6am what a luxury! Coca leaf tea, hot water to wash, breakfast and we were off again. Day Three was to be a short walking day, in total 5 hours. The first 25 minutes was a punishing
I had been warned that day two would test my mettle. For the conventional 4 day classic Inca Trail day 2 consisted of hiking the highest peak, Dead Woman's pass, and also going to an altitude of 4,250 metres.
Most companies do this ascent, taking approximately 4 hours, and then the descent, taking around 2 hours, and call it a day. However, like I said in Part One Llama Path has a slightly different itinerary. Not only were we to conquer Dead Woman's pass, we also had to com
With excitement bubbling inside, we started day one - 16kms over approximately 7 hours. We were told it would be an ‘easy day’ but as you come to realise ‘easy days’ on the trail are only comparative.
The first couple of hours were comprised of flats and gently undulating paths which only lulled us further into a false sense of security at the day's ease. We had started the trail, in earnest, by 9am so it would be at least 2pm before we were expected at our lunch location. B
We made the decision to hike the Inca Trail long before we booked our flights to the South American continent. For us, taking an alternative route, or the train, was never an option. It was always going to be the traditional 4 day hike that took us to the enigmatic ruins of Machu Picchu.
The toughest decision was which tour operator to go with. If you have read our previous articles regarding trekking or adventure trips you will know we like to select responsible tourism ope
Our first stop in Peru, after landing in Lima, was Paracas (pronounced Par-ac-as).
The main reason people come to Paracas is for the Ballestas Islands, touted as the poor man's Galapagos, a must see for those unable to afford or travel to the real thing. At around $15 (USD) per person for a 2.5 hour boat tour of the islands many find this a much more affordable option than traveling to Ecuador and paying $50 just to enter the national reserve.
Paracas is a mere 6 hour bus
Recently Dean and I were flying with American Airlines from Seoul, Incheon Airport in South Korea to Lima, Peru with a 6 hour trasit through Dallas Fort Worth airport in Texas, USA. About half an hour before we were scheduled to begin boarding our last leg an announcement came over the PA that our 1015pm flight had been pushed back to 830am the next day.
My first reaction was one of utter jubilence, Why? Because I am almost compleltely unable to get any shut eye on a plane.