Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Peru Part 1





















So, I spent one month traveling Peru with my lovely friend Eva. I had the most amazing time and can't even describe how happy I was. Peru is an amazing country with so much to give. Only while traveling this country you can be in the jungle, the desert, the beach, the mountains.
I started my trip in Lima and took a nightbus the same night to meet up with Eva in a beautiful city called Arequipa. The bus ride was 16 hours and you can imagine how it is to be in the mountains and see the street ending right next to you (going down 300 meters or so).
From Arequipa we took a 2 day trip to the Colca Canon (it's supposed to be bigger than the Grand Canon). It was breathtaking.. and i'm not just saying that. The landscape in Peru really took my breath on many occasions.
The next city was Cusco, a 10 hour nightbus ride away from Arequipa. Cusco is deep in the Andes and a cute city.. which was kind of spoiled because of little incident that happened to us.
After Cusco we went to one of my favorite places: Urubamba. We stayed there for a couple of days. We visited an Organization, hiked around in the mountains, spent some time in the salt terraces (I hoped that's how they are called in english) and just spent time in this very charming village.
Our next stop was Ollantaytambo.. from there we wanted to visit the old Inca City Machu Picchu. Instead of taking the completely ridiculous tourist train and spent a bunch of money.. we walked... with 2 great girls that we met and travelled with for the next week. We walked 35 kilometers along the train tracks. The landscape was the best part about this entire thing. Along a river through the Andes and the jungle. Beautiful plants, animals and everything else beautiful you could imagine... It was scary at times, we walked along the train tracks, so once in a while a tunnel came and we had to make sure that no train was coming while we walked through.
Machu Picchu was really interesting to see, but for my taste it was too touristic and expensive. I enjoyed the trip there more than the actual thing. So to everyone that is planing to go visit Machu Picchu... WALK!




This was the first half of the trip.. more to come!
I have a lot going on right now.. university started, I moved into a new (AWESOME) apartment and I need to get all my things straightened out.
But you'll here from me soon

Much love
Hannah

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