As the sun sets on our time in Latin America, I find myself reflecting on our five month adventure. I’ll cherish the memories of trekking through the Andes, snowboarding down a volcano, swimming with turtles and river tubing through a cloud forest. But I have to admit there are some things I’ll be glad to see the back of!
Our inaugural visit to Peru consisted of vast deserts, the Andes mountains and ancient Incan cities. Our second visit two months later couldn’t have been more different as we ditched the alpaca sweaters for sun, sea and surf.
After a few months travelling through South America we thought we’d be kind enough to scribble down some top tips to help others avoid making the same mistakes as us…..make your own instead.
When we’re not snowboarding, mountain biking or running up and down mountains we’re usually eating. We have unusually large appetites for the size of us and we love trying new things.
Before jetting off to South America one of our besties, Annie, made a list of things we had to do in each country. We love being given a challenge and so happily obliged.
Now that we’ve finished in Peru (for the time being) we’re faced with a long journey from Cusco to La Paz. Not only do we not want to travel for long periods we also want to spend as little as possible.
Any trip to Peru wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory visit to Machu Picchu. Keen to avoid the busy tourist route, we’d booked a community trek with Dragoman before we’d even left the UK. Dragoman use a local tour operator (Andina Travel) who guide a small group of people through a lesser known route in the Andes, visiting local communities along the way. (more…)
The arrival into Cusco is a spectacular one, descending from the mountains into the ancient capital of the Inca empire. We fell in love with the city immediately, but before I gush on about it let me tell you about our first night bus experience.