Whilst the salt flats were absolutely one of the most incredible experiences of the trip, it's fair to say we were pretty done with the altitude. The freezing cold nights, and getting breathless just climbing up the stairs for over a month meant we were excited to get to lower altitude. Luckily for us the … Continue reading Finally Coming Downhill
The drive from La Paz to Uyuni was less eventful than we feared. We weren't stopped by any of the corrupt police we'd read about, and also managed to successfully get hold of fuel! The deal with petrol in Bolivia goes something like this; locals pay 46p/L of petrol. Cars with foreign plates are due … Continue reading A Very Unique Campsite
Following our not so emotional goodbye with the Isons we headed back to the campsite where the guy who rented our car would pick it up. Slightly worried based on prior experiences with rental cars, we were actually pleasantly surprised when he literally checked the milage, and fuel gauge and nothing else before handing us … Continue reading Winding Down in Bolivia
So finally, after 4 long days of trekking we had made it to our final destination - Machu Picchu. Although there is the option of trekking up for an hour to reach the ancient city, we decided against it and all opted to take the bus up. However this wasn’t without it’s faults as we … Continue reading Machu Picchu and Farewell to the Isons
Day 3; 18km, 9,000ft - 7,000ft We all woke up on the third day of the trek feeling incredibly grateful that the longest day of hiking (and climbing) was behind us. Again we were one of the first groups to leave but today would be mostly flat - actually finishing 2,000ft lower than where we … Continue reading Finishing the Salkantay Trek!
We should really clarify at this stage that we did not force Annie’s parents into doing the Salkantay Trek. In fact, we originally suggested to them that we could take the train to Machu Picchu, but they asked about other trekking options and were keen to do the trek! Credit to them both, they did … Continue reading Hiking to Machu Picchu!
We’ve been lucky throughout our trip, consistently having plenty of visitors and now the time had come for our last visitors. Luckily for us they were fairly important ones - Annie’s parents were flying all the way to Peru just to come see us! Rather than trying to squeeze everyone into the van, which wouldn’t … Continue reading Some Very Important Visitors!
Exhausted from our hike of 4,600m on Laguna 69, it was time to get our last leg of driving done before meeting Annie’s parents. After our hike we headed to Huaraz, and found a lovely little hostel where we just about fit in with the van. Since we’d been staying in a garage for the … Continue reading The Last Leg of Peru
As we arrived into Peru a few days early, we took the time to enjoy our first campsite. Owned by a Swiss family, with a private view to an empty beach we spent 2 nights just relaxing! They also had good WiFi so we could catch up on blogs, photos etc. Two other campers were … Continue reading Long Drives and Beautiful Hikes
The small town of Banos is famous for the Devils Cauldron, an immensely powerful waterfall with a beautiful staircase built for… well we aren’t entirely sure! That said it sure made for a good picture. Leaving the rain of Cotopaxi we thought we might be able to find some nice weather in Banos as it’s … Continue reading The Devils Cauldron and Into Peru