Photogallery: Peru, South America
Peru, South America
heading (paragraph): States
No. of pictures: 35 pictures
The traveller finds in Peru all - fascinating archaeological finding-places, delightful Amazon rain forests, endless desert coasts, variegated population as well as wild nature and also one of best kitchens of South American continent.
While in Peru, we couldn't decide to visit or not to visit Colca or Cotahuasi canyons. Some say that Cotahuasi is deeper. Some say it's Colca. Perhaps this is only a way to bring more tourists to both canyons. Both canyons are about 3500 meters. The rivers which carved both canyons out flow through the Ande summits rising as high as 6000 meters above the sea level and end up in the Pacific Ocean. Both canyons feature rare Andean condors.
Trujillo is situated in a desert area near the Pacific Ocean. It was founded in 1534. It had good enough fortification to withstand pirate raids. For a while it was even the capital of Peru when it the country declared independence.
Cajamarca became famous as place which put an end to the powerful Inca empire. The last Inca leader Atahualpa was defeated by Francisco PIzzaro. Later, he was executed on the ain square.
Chachapoyas town has been considered a paradise undiscovered. Situated in the Amazonas region, tourists travel here to discover beautiful nature, different microclimates, the ancient ruins of Kuélap situated between the Andes and jungle.
Our plans receive significant blow once we found out at the terminus in Cochabamba that bus driving companies are on strike. This is nothing unusual in Bolivia. We spending there our second week and we happen to see second one. However, inhabitants and employees have good attitude towards it and they are hardly annoyed. We have ben told several times that such a strike lasts about three days at least. The last bus departs at 18:00 from the terminus. And then the strike begins! Some bus lines moved some were entirely closed. The same goes for the line to Potosi, our next stop. Therefore, we have to change plans in the last minute and take the last bus to Uyuni.
Copacabana is usually the first city in Bolivia a traveller visits when travelling by land from Peru. If not, he should certainly consider the visit. Shall we excuse the city for the mandatory and quite unnecessary fee of 2 BOB (1 BOB = around 3,5 Czech Koruna), Copacabana is a nice and quite place to rest. The vista over Lake Titicaca makes it even better and adds to the atmosphere. The city is small making this resort on the lake a picturesque and magical place. You can easily walk here for how long you want and still enjoy it.
Afterthat, when we said good-bye to Marketa and Pepa (they continued their trip to Bolivian beach of Titicaca Copacabana) we left by bus for Arequipa, the second biggest town of Peru.
Our second excursion to the Titicaca Lake was headed for Taquille Lake, where the countryside could remind the Mediterranean. So, we left, (together with Pepa and Marketa,who arrived to Puno early morning) for the pier. Here, we met a man, who sold us the tickets yesterday, and he lead us to rather luxurious vessel.
We arrived to Puno, after sleepless night, at five o'clock in the morning, and were contacted immediately by accommodation beaters, as this became usuall during our stay in Peru. The first man offered us the rate of Sols 15 per a night, and such offer was acceptable.
We decided that for Cusco sightseeing, including environs, will be reserved the whole day. In the evening, Markéta and Pepa left us, in order to visit Pisac, as they had time enough for such excursion. The rest of our group decided to transfer to Titicaca Lake.
A moment of departure from Machu Picchu came. Before a week, I manifested a satisfaction with a fact that I would bring back some dollars home, but at present, I would not be sure that some money remain me at all.
Today, it is a moment for visit of Machu Picchu, famous world-known and most attractive locality of Peru from tourist point of view! It is holy place of Incas, discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingham. To tell the truth, I was not too enthusiastic to visit such place.
The third day of Salcantay trek was taken for relax day. This trip started in pleasant way. We passed along big number of omnipresent bromelias, high horse-tails, bamboo and other plants.
The Saltanay Trek could be planned, according to several instructions in guide-books, for five or seven days. Anyway, our group took it for suitable within shortest time period, as all our future ways were dependent on this fact.
There was Easter Monday, when we returned from Santa Cruz trek, nevertheless, all people in Huaraz worked. So, we bought tickets to Lima and tried to solve a transfer from Lima to Cuzco, and our trip continued.
The next day begun, especially for Milan, in bad way. In the morning, he found that somebody stole him little trek sticks in the night. It was not a good ascertainment, indeed.
The next day, we got up early morning and found that it did not rain, on the contrary, it was nice, sunny weather. Vojta and Milan took even a bath in ice torrent. The way went up very moderately, sometimes it dropped, so the walking seemed not to be too difficult.
As our first trek in Peru, we have chosen well-known and often visited route through Santa Cruz Valley-river. Guide information says that optimal march time period is stipulated for four days, and the distance from starting point up to final one makes 50 kms. Anyway, we planned that our trip would be one day longer, including climbing into base camp of Alpamayo Mountain.
In the morning, I went to bus station to take my rucksack, as my luggage did not arrived to Lima in time. After several call phones, we settled with KLM airflight company, that the luggage will be brought there in the bus.
After arrival to Peru, we transferred from Lima to the moumtains. At seven o´clock in the morning, we came to the locality of Huaraz, situated in an altitude of 3091 metres above sea level.
South America was always for me a great attraction, a magnet. Me, as a girl-undergraduate, who does not have big incomes, it seemed to be something as an inaccessible dream for the time being. Nevertheless, my college Vojta, said to me recently: "Would you like to visit South America, Peru, Chile or some other country?" and this offer let an idea in my head.
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