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Lake Titicaca and The Floating Islands of Uros

Leaving Cusco meant organising our own transport for the first time. Peru Hop had been the easy way out in that respect. Fortunately, Cusco is a pretty easy place to organise a bus from. There are many different companies that offer bus rides from Cusco to Puno. Even with our poor Spanish we managed to make ourselves understood. A guide to Lake Titicaca Puno isn't really somewhere you stay for a few days. There's just ...

Machu Picchu, Peru

Then came the day the whole trek had been about. The big one. Seeing Machu Picchu! Our guide tried his best to tell our group of four that a bus ride to the top would be better, we would have a long day ahead of us and hiking the 600+ steps might mean we were too tired to enjoy the day. In our minds bus ride = cheating. Determined to hike up to Machu Picchu ...

Cola de Mono Zipline on the Salkantay Trek

On the fourth day of the Salkantay Trek we had a choice: trek along the road for 3 hours, or take on zip wires, crossing from one mountain to another. Guess which option we went for? Zip wires of course! Cola De Mono are the company behind Peru's first ever zip line and they offer you not one, not two, but six lines! After a 20 minute uphill hike you arrive at the first line. Once ...

Treking to Machu Pichu the Salkantay Way (Days 1-3)

If you think of Peru, I'm sure you then think Machu Picchu. Obviously we couldn't miss seeing this famous "lost city", but how to get there? There was absolutely no way we were just getting the bus up. No, we were definitely walking the only decision to make was which way? You may remember a post from aaaages ago about our decision to take on the Salkantay Trek and that's exactly what we did. We ...

PERU HOP REVIEW: Colca Canyon Day Two

We awoke at 5.30 in the Colca Canyon, wolfed down what seems to be the standard breakfast in hostels of bread and jam, and got back on the bus. This morning we were off to see the condors fly - huge birds that are over a metre tall, have over over a 3m wing span and can weigh up to 12 kilos. Along the way we stopped to get some pictures with alpacas and try some ...

PERU HOP REVIEW: Colca Canyon Day One

We booked our Colca Canyon tour through Peru Hop simply for ease and it meant we could go straight away and catch the next bus to Cusco without hanging around for a few more days in Arequpia. The Canyon is about 3 hours away from Arequpia and takes you almost 5000m above sea level. Given that the night before we'd been by the sea we hadn't had much time to acclimatise and spent most of ...

PERU HOP REVIEW: Huacachina to Arequipa

The journey from Huacachina to Arequipa is a long one. You leave at 1.30pm and arrive at 5.00am. Peru Hop make a couple of stops along the way to break it up a bit, and the buses have reclining seats and DVDs to keep you entertained. Stop 1: Pisco tasting Our first stop was at a vineyard to taste some Pisco and see how it's made. We'd learnt earlier on our journey that Chile and ...

PERU HOP: Paracas to Huacachina

After a morning spent on the beach in Paracas we hopped aboard the comfortable Peru Hop bus and headed to Huacachina. Huacachina is just 5 hours south of Lima but feels like a million miles away. It's a desert oasis just like you'd have imagined one. There's a small town with hostels, bars and restaurants, a lake and then dunes as far as the eye can see. Most visitors to Huacachina come for the dune ...

Peru Hop Review: Lima to Paracas

We decided to use Peru Hop as our mode of transport from Lima to Cusco, their 7 day itinerary fit in perfectly with the time we needed to be in Cusco for to acclimatise before taking on the Salkantay trek. Hacienda San Jose with Peru Hop Our first stop after Lima was Hacienda San Jose - a house with a huge history. The Hacienda used to be part of a plantation that owned hundreds of slaves. ...

Travel Diary: Lima, Peru

We spent four days in Lima and got to see many weird and wonderful things. A park full of cats, for example, or hundreds of pensioners dancing in the same park (Parque Kennedy) on Friday evening. There was also the time we watched a demonstration of some type of martial arts. It involved a lot of high kicking as two people dodged each others' flying feet. I've since learned this is called capoeira. There were ...