Machu Picchu!

Machu Picchu is 2,430m above sea-level, situated on an 'eyebrow' between the Andes and the rainforest. Built in the fifteenth century Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Inca Empire was conquered by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century, although the Spanish never found Machu Picchu. It was rediscovered in 1911 and since then has been … Continue reading Machu Picchu!

Incredible Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world, and nearly twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. It is also one heck of a stunning 3 hour drive through the high Andes from Arequipa - passing between volcanoes and across the Pampa Cañahuas nature reserve before the highest point of 4160m where you … Continue reading Incredible Colca Canyon

Nasca Lines – Made by Aliens?

Viewed from the ground, the desert of Nasca in southern Peru resembles all other deserts; dust spirals whirling across a large flat plain made up of small rocks and a lot of sand. However when viewed from the air it becomes unique - the flat plains criss-crossed with what are now famously known as Nasca … Continue reading Nasca Lines – Made by Aliens?

Otavalo

For $2, I took a bus 2.5 hours north of Quito to spend a week hanging out (and getting over my altitude sickness) in the town of Otavalo, located at an altitude of 2565m in the Northern Andes. I wasn't going to lose any altitude in a hurry! Buses go about every 20 minutes so … Continue reading Otavalo