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A travel journal to Peru by beckyX

Lake Huacachina Oasis Photo, Ica, Peru More Photos
Quote: A collection of reviews from my trip to Peru

Inca Trail

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Attraction | "Inca Trail (Part 2) - Iconic Hiking Trail"

Inca Trail Photo, Cusco, Peru
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...Part two of the Inca trail. Part 1 covered background of the trail, plus a general review of some of the experience. Part 2 continues with a day by day review.===The first day - 6km, flat===On our first day, we set off walking right after a full cooked lunch, stopping to pose for a photo next to the famous trail start railway sign. The map said our afternoon was a gentle 6km flat walk. At the checkpoint to the start of the trail, we had our passports stamped and made our way across a suspension bridge, which truly felt like the point of no return, only bouncy. We only jumped our way across a little bit, however, since we didn't really want to be expelled from the trail before we h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2009

Inca Trail
Andes Mountains
Cusco, Peru

Inca Trail

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Attraction | "Iconic Hiking Trail (part 1)"

Inca Trail Photo, Cusco, Peru
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During the peak of the Inca Empire, many steep paved routes were built as a system of highways throughout the empire for the chasqui runners of its ruler (the eponymous Inca) to travel on. If people mention "the" Inca trail, they are referring to the most famous one of all - the paved path leading to the famous Machu Picchu, an Incan city perched on a mountain top high in the Peruvian Andes.Since I was a child and heard of Machu Picchu, I wanted to hike along its famous and difficult trail. The city has a mysterious appeal to it - having remained hidden from the Spanish conquistadores, it was unknown to Europeans (though not to locals!) until 1911 when Hiram Bingham "discovered" it. Even t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2009

Inca Trail
Andes Mountains
Cusco, Peru

Arequipa city

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Attraction | "Arequipa - Peru's White City"

An alpaca in a park in Arequipa Photo, Arequipa, Peru
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Arequipa is a Peruvian city in the far south of the country that is nestled 2380m above sea level in the Andes, about a half a day drive from the coast. Known as the "White city", from its white stone buildings of unique architecture dating from the Spanish days, it has a very strong European feel. The city is Peru's second biggest city after Lima. We arrived here by bus from the coast which meant it gave us our initial experience of high altitude - take it easy and acclimatize gradually before you attempt to do anything!===Plaza de Armas===The heart and main square in the city is the Plaza de Armas and is probably the most beautiful of any city that we visited in Peru. During our st...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 10, 2009

Lake Huacachina Oasis

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Attraction | "Sand Boarding Near an Oasis in Peru"

Lake Huacachina Oasis Photo, Ica, Peru
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Huacachina is a tiny village in Peru, containing a famous oasis and for which tourism is the main industry. It is located in the coastal region of Peru, close to Ica, after which the region is named, and is most of a day's drive by bus South of Lima, a similar distance North of Nazca, and is not far from the Pan-American highway, the main route through Peru.The coastal region of the South of Peru is a vast desert. The deserts in this area have several names, depending on the location, but they are all a continuation of the same desert of which the Atacama in neighbouring Chile is the most famous part (famous for being the driest place on the Earth). So the Oasis at Huacachina is a spectacu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 3, 2009

Lake Huacachina Oasis
Lago Huacachina
Ica, Peru

Lake Titicaca

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Attraction | "Visiting Lake Titicaca"

Lake Titicaca Photo, Peru, South America
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Lake Titicaca is situated on the border between Peru and Bolivia and is famous for being (arguably) the highest navigable lake in the world (3812m above sea level). Even though that definition may be subjective, (there are higher lakes in the world and some boats can navigate in only a few inches of water), you shouldn't question that claim too loudly - this lake is home to the Bolivian Navy (pretty impressive, given that Bolivia is landlocked!). Either way, the lake is visually very impressive and immense, with a surface area of over 8000 square kilometres.My review is of my travels on the Peruvian side, since that was where I visited.===Getting there===The main city in ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2009

Lake Titicaca
Near Puno
Peru