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South America Trip Day 13: Cuszo

Early in the morning we decided to do our own walking tour through Cuszo. First stop plaza de armas. Second san blas market. Got some nice views with the city in the back.

We are at the Indian restaurant Maikhana, where a buffet with several dishes and unlimited water for just 15 soles per person awaited us. Food was average, but nice for a change of the Peruvian cuisine.

After that we strolled at El Marquez de San Francisco with a lot of souvenir shops. Be sure to negotiate for a better price!

After that we went to San Pedro market, fun fact is that it was designed by Eiffel, and it houses not only souvenirs but also a lot of food! Cheap meals, fruits, jelly and pudding, drinks, it had it all! We tried some local berries, jelly mixed with vanilla pudding and will come back for some dinner! Walking around is fun, seeing also bizarre things like the snout of a cow being sold. Outside the market there are a lot of locals selling skinned Guinea Pigs in tons, does not look too charming.

At night we ate at Pio’s Chicken, a local restaurant which from the outside looks like a KFC. We had a lot of food, a 1/4th chicken and 1/8th chicken with rice, fries and coke for just 24,50 soles.

On the way back we booked a trip for tomorrow early in the morning, to the alternative rainbow mountains. Big day tomorrow!

South America Trip Day 12: Machu Picchu

Waking up to the sounds of a wild river, opening the curtains to see a huge mountain in front of you, wish all mornings were like this!

We got up early to get our bus tickets (24 USD both ways) which are valid throughout the whole day. Our entrance at Machu Picchu starts from 10 am, so we quickly packed, got breakfast and went to the bus.

The bus ride was about 30 minutes, with amazing views over the mountain range! We arrived around 9:30 am, but our tickets were valid from 10:00 am onwards for a period of 4 hours. They were quite strict on the minute about letting us in. Exactly at 10:00 am we could go.

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South America Trip Day 11: Exploring Cuszo – Sacred Valley Tour

We woke up around 6:30 am to shower and get dressed for a whole day filled with activities in the Cuszo area! After a quick breakfast in our hostel we got picked up at 7:30 am by our guide for the sacred valley tour.

The tour guide explained a lot about the usage of cacao leaves dating back to Inca times, the growth of Cuszo which now inhabits over 500,000 people. The city center is ancient and an UNESCO world heritage, there for expanding is happening towards the southern parts of the city.

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South America Trip Day 10: Arequipa to Cuszo with Peru Hop

Another early day, getting picked up from our Hostel in Arequipa around 5:00 am. An hour later our doubledecker bus was ready for our trip to Cuszo, 18:00 pm approximately arrival, long trip.

We had a short stop to get some breakfast at some local shops. Thought we bought chicken empanadas, ended up being cheese. First time I ever saw someone heating up six empanadas in a plastic bag in a microwave.

We stopped after a few hours of driving at lake Comsur for a view. The lake is on 4,000 meters altitude, so you kinda feel that kicking in. Here we had a view over the lake, with mountains in the background. Was not the most amazing view, because afterwards we drove on we saw more impressive sights. We could also buy clothing made by locals. The route continued navigating us next to green hills filled with alpacas, mountains and lakes.

Around 14:20 pm, after more than 4 hours in the heat of the bus, we stopped for a buffet. It was 20 soles per person, did not taste at all. As in, one of the most horrible buffets we ever encountered. After that another 3 hours before we reached Cuszo.

When lunch was done we were suppose to drive three more hours and reach our hostel at 17:30 pm, that became 20:30 pm because of the worst traffic ever.

Got a quick pizza and an Inca Kola and then to bed. Tomorrow, Sacred Valley!

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Just a picture of us getting married in the Aachener Dom, a Unesco world heritage sight šŸ˜‰

South America Trip Day 9: Arequipa, Peru

After reaching Arequipa early in the morning around 5:00 AM, Peru hop arranged private shuttles for everyone to be brought to their hotels.


Our hostel, Il Riposo, arranged the room for us already so we could catch some more hours of sleep. One night for two just 35 soles. They even had a room available for us at 5:00 AM in the morning so that we could took a few hours nap, great service!


First thing we noticed was the altitude, we had to adjust our breathing a bit to get used to it. It would be our first location at this higher ground, and Arequipa is a great place to slowly get adapted to it.

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South America Trip Day 8: Nasca lines and tasting wine

Started the day with a small hike up the sand dune to get a morning view over Huacachina and strolling around the morning glow around the oasis. The reflection of the sand dunes in the water is amazing! After that we had a breakfast infront of the oasis to enjoy the view.


Around 12:45 we had to take the bus again. First stop is at a wineyard called el Catado, here we could taste the local Pisco’s and learn about them. The tour was about 45 minutes and included in the Peru hop ticket. We got a tour through theĀ entire winery, and because of the weather and preference of the people of Peru all the wines are sweet.Ā 

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South America Trip Day 7: Paracas National Park, Ballestas Islands and Huacachina

After waking up, we had to meet at 7:45 am for our first trip: the Ballestas Islands! This place is nicknamed the Poor man’s Galapagos, simply because it is a lot cheaper to see the abundant of wildlife. The islands are a group of rocks located off the Pacific coast near Paracas, housing thousands of birfs and animals like penguins, sea lions, pelicans and other birds.


Oh man, it did not disappoint! We got onto a speedboat with approx 40 other people to head towards the Islands. First we stopped after 10 minutes of boat ride to witness Candelabro, a 2000 year old sand sculpture that is engraved into the ParacasĀ Peninsula. After a few pictures we continued for another 15 minutes to Islas Ballestas.

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South America Trip Day 6: Tambo Colorado and trip to Paracas

Around 7:00 AM we got picked up by peru hop. Peru hop is a bus that can take you throughout the entire country with a pretty sweet deal.


First stop for breakfast of 40 minutes in Mirasur. This was a weird stop. It looked like a circus.. they had horses “dancing” (was just hopping around), a small swiming pool, some kids slides, an alpaca and some horses, some dune buggies and an overdressed place for food and drinks. We ordered prior in the bus for them to order, and you can get scrambled eggs, avocado sandwich or a pulled pork. Last one was the best, overall not worth the money (we paid 31 soles for two, including drinks). Really a weird touristic spot, recommend you take your own food.

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South America Trip Day 5: Lima, Peru

After waking up around 5:30, Oscar, our guide from the Amazon, has arranged taxis for us. First 25 soles to get to the airport of iquitos with our cab driver Fredy. After a breakfast at the airport we had a two hour flight back to Lima. Here, cab driver Walter, also arranged by Oscar, was waiting for us to take us to our first hostel to collect our luggage and drop us to our hostel in Miraflores, the beautiful neighborhood of Lima. After 45 minutes drive we arrived.


After a quick check in to our hostel condors house, we decided to walk around. We first went to the large shopping mall of Miraflores, Larcomar. Here there are a lot of options for food.

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