Cusco the capital city of the Incas.

After our long bus ride, we finally arrived in the sacred heartland of the Incas, and the city of Cusco their ancient capital. The city, set high in the mountains is like no other we have been in before. A modern tourist trap of hotels restaurants, coffee shops, tourists and pilgrimaging hippies from around the world, and of course an endless sea of overpriced trinket and souvenir shops. All built right over the ancient Incan ruins that are still plainly visible throughout the city...

Lima, Peru – Civilization and Good Coffee

After our ten day trek and nearly two weeks in the small mountain town of Huaraz we were finally on our way to civilization. After taking night buses virtually the entire way since Quito, we wanted to take a day bus. It was a nine hour bus ride to Lima, the views were amazing, though if you are afraid of heights a night bus might be better as the steep cliffs along the side of the road and the little shrines and crosses alongside the road to the dead were fairly constant...

Huayhuash – Ten days trekking in the Andes

The Huayhuash mountain circuit outside of Huaraz in the Peruvian Andes, pronounced why-wash, is consistently rated and viewed as one of the top ten hikes in the world. The mountain range was also made famous in Joe Simpson's book Touching the Void and the movie of the same name, where two climbers hoping to be the first to climb up Siula Mountain's west face encountered disaster. Mt Siula is at the center of the Huayhuash range and we would be treated to stunning views of this iconic peak throughout the entire trek. Our route would take us around the entire mountain range over 10 days and 182 kilometers of hiking....

Hiking in the Andes – Huaraz, Peru

Our next stop was the city of Huaraz high in the Peruvian Andes were we would prepare for our 10 day trek around the Huayhuash mountain range. Huaraz is a great central location for anyone interested in hiking or trekking the Andes, with countless day hikes and treks ranging up to eighteen days or even longer, the sites and possibilities for hiking or climbing are endless...

Trujillo and the reed fishing boats of Huanchaco

After leaving Chachapoyas on our way to the city of Huaraz where we would begin our 10 day hike in the Andes, we stopped along the way in Trujillo to wait for a connecting bus. While in Trujillo we decided to take a short ride to the beach town of Huanchaco nearby and see the Pacific Ocean one last time before being stuck in the mountains for weeks...