Lake Titicaca

At 3820m, some say it's the highest navigable lake in the world. Some say that's a load of bollocks but whatever, when you're travelling from Peru to Bolivia (or vice versa) Lake Titicaca is a handy place to cross the border and it'd be rude not to check out the islands on the way for [...]

Peruvian Munchies

I've been right impressed with the grub in Peru, I have. You're never short of a slice of pineapple, sugar coated pastries and even boiled eggs, all there on the side of the road waiting for an impulse purchase. In the morning there's an abundance of hand carts or cafes stocked full of S/.1 sandwiches [...]

Second Deepest But Not Second Best

When one thinks of big canyons one's mind usually wanders to the Grand Canyon in the USA or the space formally occupied by my brain cells before I discovered vodka, but the deepest in the world is actually right here in Peru. It doesn't have the sheer, vertical sides like the Grand Canyon so you [...]

Doing Lines

So Nasca was surprisingly good then considering I wasn't planning on spending much time there. I figured I'd part with a painful sum of cash to fly over the famous Nasca lines then bus it straight through to Arequipa to walk off the anguish of spending so much bloody money on a 20 minute flight. [...]

Desert Oasis

Think of a refreshing lagoon nestled between endless sand dunes. Think of blue skies and sunshine and sipping cold beer in the heat. Think of palm trees and pedal boats and people splashing around in the water. Think chaffing every time the wind blows and whips up the perpetual layer of sand that coats everything. [...]

Making The Most Of Tingo Maria

It was pissing down with rain when I rocked up to Tingo María just as it was getting light. Fail. After checking into Hostal Roosevelt, drying off and having a wee nap I located the tourist information centre and put my limited Spanish to work trying to find out where all the cool stuff was; [...]

The Inca Trail

I'd had my little heart set on doing the Inca Trail even after Roraima highlighted my inefficiencies when it came to getting up hills and I'd renounced any thing resembling a multi-day hike, especially if it involved portions that can only be described as inclines. I didn't want to do any alternative treks either. Oh [...]

Bloody Incas And Their Bloody Hills

There were six more ruins left on my boleto turístico. I managed three which isn't bad going really considering the travel time involved, the fact that some of them require extra effort to get to once you get to the nearest town and that all this getting out of bed to an alarm clock was [...]

Broken Stuff And Ruined Things

If you don't want to fork out S./130 for a boleto turístico which is necessary to see 16 of the attractions around Cusco you can buy the S./70 ticket which gets you into the four Inca ruins closest to the town. See, isn't Cusco good to you? I bought the big boy on account of [...]