Peru must be on most peoples dream places to visit list.  Amazing historical sites and iconic hikes.  From glacier covered peaks to dense jungle, Peru has it all.  Most visitors only see the south but as we were coming down from Ecuador we had a wonderful opportunity to see the full length of this stunningly beautiful, and a times, desolate country.  Night buses are an amazing way to travel. The ones in Peru are very comfortable and you can actually get a decent nights sleep.  The big disadvantage is that you don’t see anything of the landscape you’re travelling through.  The change is quite dramatic as you cross the border from Ecuador to Mancora in Peru. You are travelling into the Sechura Desert a vast dusty barren stretch of sand.

We had drawn up a rough plan of the things and places we wanted to visit as we traversed the country north to south.  Unfortunately these plans had to change as mother nature had intervened.  Kuelap, near the city of Chachapoyas had been closed as some of the sites walls collapsed due to extreme weather.  This mean’t that from Mancora we would travel to Chiclayo to visit the archaeological sites of Sipan then straight to Trujillo to explore Chan Chan and the Temple of the moon.

From Trujillo another night bus would bring us back up into the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca for a stay in Huaraz.  Here we will spent our time hiking & exploring the local area doing three day hikes.  Firstly Laguna Wilcacocha, a good hike to get things started.  Then the more difficult but beautiful Laguna Churup.  Then Laguna Llaca before taking in the four day Santa Cruz trek.

“A Prophet once said, “Don’t tell me what a man says, don’t tell me what a man knows.  Tell me where he’s traveled?  I wonder about that, do we get smarter more enlightened as we travel?  Does travel bring wisdom?  I think there is probably no better place to find out than Peru”

Anthony Bourdain

We have booked to do the Inca trail at the end of September so from Huaraz we will  travel down to Lima on the coast for a quick visit then make our way back into the highlands via the seaside resort of Paracas.  We will then spend a week exploring Cusco before we head off to do the Inca Trail.

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