Trujillo, ancient ruins and leaving Peru

The amazing mountain scenery and rocky canyons gave way to the dry Peruvian coastline as we neared Trujillo, the site of several significant archaeological ruins. There are always so many to visit so choosing is difficult. At Trujillo we chose to visit Chan Chan, claimed to be the largest Pre-Colombian city in the Americas and... Continue Reading →

A taste of Northern Peru

North east of Lima lies the Cordillera Blanca, a section of the Andes with peaks higher than anywhere else on earth except the Himalayas. It’s high, rugged and beautiful with the occasional snow capped peak and hanging glacier. It took us two days of driving on winding mountain roads to reach the region and we... Continue Reading →

Next stop …. Lima

After our beach interlude and boat trip it was back in the car and head north to Lima. Over the past 5 months we have been avoiding the Carretera Panamericana (the main drag) as much as possible. It’s a major highway like all others anywhere in the world and stopping at the many toll stations... Continue Reading →

Islas Ballestas

The township of Pisco sits on the coast at the northern edge of Parque Nacional Parracas. We had heard that Islas Ballestas, an island that is part of this reserve, was well worth visiting, so we headed to Pisco to arrange a boat tour. 8.30am arrive in Pisco and park the cars. 8.31am we are... Continue Reading →

Where the desert meets the sea

If you love driving in remote places like we do, you’ll appreciate that often taking a chance and heading into the unknown brings great rewards. Such was the case when we decided to drive from the oasis town of Huacachina, through the sandhills to the coast. With no up to date information and just a... Continue Reading →

Nazca Lines

A desert city, Nasca sits in a green valley surrounded by barren mountains. It is dusty, busy and we quickly lamented the beautiful green mountain scenery and culture that we had left behind. We were here to visit the Nazca lines, but the area around Nasca has a variety of other ruins from different civilisations... Continue Reading →

Moray to Nasca

After a few days exploring the ancient sites in the Sacred Valley, it was time to head to the coast. Leaving Moray, the drive took us through some beautiful high plateau farming land before descending and ascending in seemingly endless succession. We started the drive at about 3,500m above sea level and during the next... Continue Reading →

The Sacred Valley

To reach Machu Picchu, you travel along the Sacred Valley by road, rail or foot through numerous villages that have been there for centuries. Some of these are the site of ruined forts and temples which were built by or added to during the Inca Empire. Some fared better than others at the hands of... Continue Reading →

What’s this?

There are a few other Inca sites that we visited around the Sacred Valley and they're not all rocks. One is still being used today for the same purpose as it was initially constructed. We drove back towards Cusco, through the beautiful green valley towards a snow capped range shrouded in mist, then up onto... Continue Reading →

Machu Picchu

Just reaching the abandoned site that is Machu Picchu is an achievement in itself. The ruins sit spectacularly perched at the top of a seemingly inaccessible mountain. Our journey began with the drive from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. After an overnight stay in our chosen budget hostel (selected for its safe parking), we headed to the... Continue Reading →

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