Ica threw us into the desert part of Peru. It was also my introduction to how I don’t cope well in 30 degrees heat. I get very cranky and I’m constantly aware of how sweaty I feel. That may also have been related to me being sick during this leg of the trip. But we soldiered on, determined to soak in as much as we can, including spending a night in Huacachina, a neat little oasis just next to Ica.
I feel like words aren’t necessary as much for this post. I really enjoyed my trek up to Machu Picchu. The ruins themselves are surreal. I’m going to try something new and just let my pictures take you along on my journey.
The Inca trail is the best known track to hike up to Machu Picchu. It’s extremely popular, and books out very fast. For our trek up, we decided to choose the road less travelled. We went with the Salkantay Route. We booked a five day tour with Salkantay Trekking, as they came highly recommended. It was certainly one of hardest and most rewarding treks I’ve ever done.
We took a bus tour down from Cusco to Puno, then back again a few days later. It took around 10 hours one way. Luckily, the tour bus was very comfortable, and made lots of stops to ruins and ancient sites along the way. While in Puno, we also stopped by to visit Lake Titicaca, Uros Islands and Taquile.
We travelled to Cusco on December 31, 2013. We got to celebrate the beginning of 2014 in style in the town square. There was lots of people, singing, dancing, fireworks, laughing, and beer. Beer everywhere. You couldn’t turn around without seeing someone selling beers or hearing a vendor calling out “CERVAZA”. This was also where we set off on our trip up to Machu Picchu.
Back to my entry. This picture is from Pollard Park , Blenheim. Somewhere I frequently visited when visiting my grandparents for Christmas.
The park is beautiful, full of greenery, creeks and ponds, gardens…I’ve always loved it. A few years back, we saw this new addition, supporting the 5 + a Day Campaign. Basically encouraging New Zealanders to stay healthy by eating more than 5 fruits or veges everyday.
I thought this picture was a perfect fit for the challenge, as it can take the meaning of green from the literal colour, nature, and being healthy!
Arequipa is 2380m above sea level. Coming from Wellington, where almost the whole city is sea level, this was a big difference. It’s also surrounded by three volcanoes, which were easy to spot from the roof of the hostel. I really liked the style of the buildings in this city. In this entry, we visit the Monastery of Saint Catherine and Colca Canyon. Prepare for a lot of pictures.