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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 ...

Travel Diary: The hardest museum to get to and failed bus journeys…

So maybe the museum isn't really the hardest museum to get to. But we sure made it difficult. So difficult in fact, we never actually made it. On our last afternoon in Lima we decided to visit Museo Larco, a history museum that seemed worth a visit given we'd be learning a lot about Peruvian history on our visit to Machu Picchu. We'd used the buses, or camiones, several times on previous days in Lima ...

A review of Sky Kitchen Lima cooking class

Peruvian cuisine is tipped to be the next big thing and there's no better place to learn how to cook it than at Sky Kitchen in Lima. The first Peruvian restaurant to have been awarded a Michelin Star was in London. Many of you will know of quinoa (an ingredient used in all sort of recipes found on blogs). However, Peruvian cuisine is so much more than this grain. In search of something to do ...

Parque de la Reserva and The Magic Water Circuit in Lima

Back when Thom and I visited Peru in 2014, one of the first things we did was visit Parque de la Reserva. I'd heard there was a Magic Water Circuit and quite frankly that sounded too good to miss. We'd spent the morning walking around Lima, had had a mid-afternoon nap to sleep off some of the jet lag and then headed out to Parque de la Reserva for an evening's entertainment at the water ...

Amsterdam (after King’s Day Madness)

Although we woke up on Sunday morning without a hangover, it was clear that the rest of Amsterdam was suffering after the madness that ensued the day before. Even the weather, which had been glorious the day before, seemed to be feeling it, demonstrated by grey skies and drizzle. The only people about were street cleaners (who really had their work cut out), tour groups and us. On recommendation from the friend we stayed with, ...

A guide to King’s Day in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a popular city break destination if you’re from the UK. It’s easy to get to thanks to cheap flights and even cheaper MegaBus tickets. But, have you ever been to Amsterdam during King’s Day? Well, after reading this guide to King’s Day in Amsterdam you’re going to want to! What is King’s Day? Formerly known as Queen’s Day, King's Day is a day of celebration for the King. Celebrations have taken place in ...