You can read HERE about first part of Peru travel.
After being a bit more than one week in Cusco region it was time to move on. With one night spent on the bus I was at highest navigable lake on the world (3800 m above sea level). The most intersting there are floating Uros islands. They are created entirely with the buoyant totora reeds that grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake. When you stand on the island you can feel the every wave in your feet. I would really like to spend there one night and try to sleep in a stormy weather.
It is the 2nd biggest city in Peru and also called “the white city” because a lot of buildings are built from volcanic white stone. I was lucky to be there for the festival of Virgin of Candelaria to feel the Latin America dancing vibes. For me, Arequipa was just a half day stop before getting to the Colca Canyon.
Colca Canyon it is with depth 3,270 meters one of the deepest canyons on the world. The mountains in the surrounding are enormous. With my hiking group where I was (again) the only non-Spanish speaking person, we went to the river that is at the bottom of the canyon. Colca Canyon is also the home of the condor. We were able to spot one, but so far that it was just a tiny dot on the sky.
Paracas & Huacachina
Paracas is a town on Peru’s coast. It’s known for beaches and uninhabited Ballestas Islands, home to sea lions, many different kinds of birds. It should be also home of the penguins and pelicans, but haven’t been that lucky. Huacachina is a desert oasis and tiny village one hour drive from Paracas. Doing activities like crazy dune buggies and sandboarding is must there!
It is a big city with the population almost 10 million people and quite terrible traffic. It is not very popular touristic place in Peru and not many travelers consider it a place to stay for more than a day or two. Well, I am kinda in love with hecticness of overpopulated cities. I like to observe the people and their busy minds. After modern and touristic part of the city, I moved soon to the outskirts to have more connection with the common of people living there.
If you want to see more about the first part of my travel in Peru – CLICK HERE
Next Sunday you can expect a blog post about Vietnam! 🇻🇳