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Up and down again

Another day, another climb. This time a mere 40km up, and the same down the other side, and after being offered 3 lifts the day before, I did it all by myself! The rain is coming, and I saw plenty of clouds, but thanks to dumb luck I managed to avoid them all. At the... read more

Hitchbiking to Andahuaylas

Even having descended 25km the night before, there was still another 20km to go. 40-60km climbs, followed by equally ridiculously long descents, the story of the mountains north of Cusco having left the Altiplano. The climbs have to be long, because they go from 2000m... read more

Leaving Cusco

My package, after a mere 10 days stuck at customs, arrived in Cusco on the Monday, but DHL still managed to throw in another proof of their lack of communication. I got a message from Jon on Facebook when I was having my breakfast that it had arrived and was ready to... read more

Waiting In Cusco

Having arrived in Cusco feeling awful, I spent the first few days doing little more than lying in bed, eating porridge and drinking tea to clear my stomach up. That wasn’t having much of an effect, but then I took some antibiotics and things cleared up pretty... read more

Machu Picchu

Chichén Itzá, Cristo Redentor, Taj Mahal, Colosseum, Great Wall of China, Petra and Machu Picchu – the seven ‘wonders of the world’. I’d been to four of them, and Machu Picchu would make it five. Not a huge amount is known about Machu Picchu,... read more

Off to Machu Picchu

The three iconic places in Peru are Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines. In Cusco, as well as being offered massages and shiny shoes at every corner, there are always people trying to sell you a tour to Machu Picchu (MP). Those with ridiculous amounts of... read more

Crawling into Cusco

I’d had a couple of loo visits during the night, and wasn’t feeling great when the day started. I got about 10km, before stopping for over an hour for a breakfast of omelette and coca tea which I hoped would give me the energy I needed to get to Cusco.... read more

Trudging on

I’d been awoken a couple of times during the night, the most noticeable when the roof of my tent collapsed in on me. It turns out that the altitude and temperatures meant it wasn’t rain, but snow that fell all night long. Being a three-season tent, the... read more