Ollantaytambo is probably one of my favourite day trips from Cusco, Peru. It is 72 kilometres from Cusco which is about 2 hours away by minibus.
The buses from Cusco go from Calle Pavitos with Calle Belen, which is about a 10 minutes walk from the Plaza de Armas and it costs about 10 soles (3 USD). You will find buses going to Urubamaba (you can change in the bus station) or directly to Ollantaytambo. Continue reading
As I was spending over 3 weeks in Cusco I decided to get the tourist ticket for 130 soles (40 USD) so that I could go and see all the Inca Ruins in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. I had already seen them all 4 years previously on a tour but this time I wanted the option of spending more time and being able to fully explore them. I decided the first ruin I would visit was Pisac (or Pisaq in the local Quechua language), it is located 33km east of Cusco. Continue reading
Before I visited Peru I had seen many pictures of Rainbow Mountain and my old guide from my trek to Choquequirao, was now a guide on this trek, and kept posting lots of pictures on facebook and I knew when I returned to Cusco it was a trek I had to do.
When I arrived in Cusco I met with my old guide who told me about the hike to Rainbow Mountain. There are options of 1 or 2 days though the 2 day hike is normally booked as a private trek. His company is more exclusive and takes small groups early in the morning (2am) so that when you get to Rainbow Mountain there is no one else in your pictures. The rest of the companies normally leave between 3.30 and 4 so when you get to the summit there are hundreds of people and that is just in the low season!! Continue reading
Last month (December 2016) while I was in Arequipa I decided that I needed a second attempt to reach the summit of El Misti.
I first tried 4 years ago when I spent 2 months in Arequipa at Spanish school. At the time I felt I was physically fit but I was not used to carrying a heavy backpack or the altitude and when I booked the trip I only found out the night before that I was expected to carry everything up to basecamp!! This included my clothes, tent, sleeping bag, crampons, ice pick and 5 litres of water. Continue reading
I first saw Choquequirao on Ben Fogle’s Extreme Dreams in 2006. I had visited Machu Picchu the previous year and had fallen in love with Peru and to know that there was another Inca ruin, visited by very few people in the middle of nowhere, made me determined that the next time I was in Peru I would go. Continue reading
Have you ever thought of visiting Machu Picchu? Did you know it is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World?
I love the place and that is why I have visited Machu Picchu 3 times!! Is that a bit excessive?? I don’t normally visit a place more than once but this place has certainly captured my heart and I can’t wait to visit for a fourth time in January 2017.