At the end of yet another uncomfortable and freezing overnight bus journey, being flung around with every bend in the road, lay the city of Arequipa – Peru’s second most important after Lima. Nestling in the shadow of El Misti volcano, much of the old town is built from white volcanic ash rock and glistens […]

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We drove from Pisco to Nasca via Huacachina, a cluster of restaurants and hotels set around a tiny murky-green oasis in the desert. While the others got their kicks dune buggying and sand boarding we made the most of the sun and ate ice cream. The rest of the journey provided us with more stunning […]

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The coastal town of Pisco suffered a huge 8.0 earthquake in 2007 that reduced 80% of the town to rubble. Later attempts to revive the place have largely failed due to corruption, little has been rebuilt and the residents are said to feel abandoned by the government. Add to that the guidebook warnings of extremely […]

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Another long bus ride landed us in Lima, Peru’s large capital. The 9 hours however passed quickly on the plushest bus we’ve travelled in yet: with more space than your standard plane we had reclining seats, wifi, films and meals, snacks and hot drinks served at our seats! My low attention span for films, I […]

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We made an overnight stop in the little fishing village of Huanchaco. Once famous for its totora boat fisherman – cigar shaped boats made from reeds. Most visitors now come for the surf and the nearby archeological sites. Given that it was bloody freezing, it was the latter that kept us entertained. First we visited […]

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