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 a site many dream of visiting. Read more
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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 can stop to view the different volcanoes dotting the horizon. At least you could if it were not snowing up there – a dramatic difference to the heat of Arequipa. Read more
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 Lines. Read more
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 as soon as I had bought my ticket and lugged my pack to the kerb, it was already time to board the just-arrived bus and head back over the equator 90km to the north. Read more