Ica (and Huacachina)

Ica (and Huacachina)

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.


Peru Adventures – Part 7. Ica (and Huacachina)

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Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

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 withย Salkantay Trekking, as they came highly recommended. It was certainly one of hardest and most rewarding treks I’ve ever done.

Sarah, me, Julie, Ally, Ash, Brent, Rebecca, Andrew, and Charlie

Peru Travels – Part 5. Salkantay Trek

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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 ย calling out “CERVAZA”. This was also where we set off on our trip up to Machu Picchu.


Peru Adventures – Part 3. Cusco

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Green!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Green!

Hey, soย I’m enjoying these weekly photo challenges. So here’s a bonus post in between my Peru adventures recap.

I was spoilt for choice this week, as I live in a city and country that has greenery everywhere. New Zealand is one of the lucky countries where green is easy to come by.

Sidenote: If you’re interested in seeing more about New Zealand, have a look through some old posts where I’ve got lots more pictures about them.ย Tongariro Crossing,ย Top 5 of Wellington City,ย Walking around Wellington,ย What else to do in Wellington,ย Family and Life.

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 theย 5 + a Day Campaign. Basically encouraging New Zealanders to stay healthy by eating more than 5 fruits or veges everyday.

Dec.21.2013 5 + a day

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!

There you have it,ย It IS Easy Being Green!




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 Catherineย and Colca Canyon. Prepare for a lot of pictures.


Peru Adventures – Part 2. Arequipa

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