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Arequipa 2022 - Peru

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Our trip to Arequipa, the city and the department, included a 3 day hike of Colca Canyon. It's the 3rd deepest canyon in the world. Part of that trip included, a bus tour to a condor viewpoint above the canyon rim. Then we hiked the rest of that day down to the river bottom and stayed at a lodge. The next day we hiked along the river and some of the fields to another group of lodges with swimming pools. The third day was hiking out of the canyon, a stop at hot springs, and then a bus ride back to the city.
What incredible views - it reminded me of parts of Colorado.

Within the city, we visited the historic Santa Catalina Monastery. What a great tour, with art and history and views of the volcanoes in the backgrounds of the city. We also stopped by the homestead and museum of the founder of the city, a former mill and farmland, and several markets. The main plaza in the city center always had things going on, and we did several roof top sunset happy hours there.

This city is also the home of llama and alpaca wool clothing, so we did some shopping for that. There are also several delicious restaurants to try, including a favorite: Chicha by Gaston Acurio.

Recommend:

  • Colca Canyon
  • Condor viewing
  • Santa Catalina monastery
  • Plaza de Armas
  • food & restaurants: Chicha, Zig Zag, Roma empanadas

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Pictures - Colca Canyon

VIDEO: 3 Days Hiking Colca

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Pictures - Arequipa

Arequipa Plaza & city

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Posted by MurkTravels 20:47 Archived in Peru Tagged nature peru sunsets 2022 Comments (1)

Puerto Maldonado 2022 - Peru

Welcome to the Jungle (resort)

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We headed to the wild jungle frontier town of Puerto Maldonado. It's in the least populated department called Madre de Dios. Many of the countries largest national parks and reserves are here, including Manu National Park, Amarakaeri reserve, and Tambopata Natural Reserve. There are several key research centers around these regions that study and learn about the jungle habitat, local flora and fauna, and part of the Amazon ecosystem.

We stayed a few nights at one of the research centers in Tambopata. It was several hours by bus, then several more hours by riverboat to get there, so definitely remote. We went on several hikes led by the local guides, saw all sorts of animals and creatures, took lots of pictures, and learned about the local nature.

After that, we headed to the city and surrounding areas. There we did zip lining, tree canopy walks, a jungle lagoon tour, river canoe trip, and a visit to Monkey island.

Recommend:

  • jungle tour - Tambopata
  • monkey island tour
  • local street grilled food

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Posted by MurkTravels 20:46 Archived in Peru Tagged nature peru 2022 Comments (0)

Lunahuana 2022 - Peru

eco lodge

sunny 85 °F

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This was just a quick road trip to the southern part of the department of Lima. We stayed at the Santiago refuge Ecolodge.

We hiked along the river at several places, saw the local town and churches, some ancient pre-Inca ruins, and got a tree and garden tour at the Eco lodge. It was one of the few places that dogs were allowed, so Pru got to take a trip with us

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Posted by MurkTravels 19:35 Archived in Peru Tagged peru 2022 Comments (0)

Chachapoyas 2022 - Peru

Amazonas

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In the north central part of Peru is an interesting area. It's part of the highlands, we were around 10,000 feet of elevation a lot of the time. But it's also part of the rainforest. The rivers here are part of the system that feeds into the Amazon rainforest and waterways eventually throughout all of Brazil. There are waterfalls, and deep canyons, and historic sites from pre-Inca times.

We based most of our travels from Chachapoyas, a large city in the Amazonas department of Peru. From there we hiked to several waterfalls, and saw rock carvings that are ancient sarcophagus, some of which haven't even been open yet and have mummified remains inside. We explored some caves that also include historic artifacts, and walked around the ancient fortress of Kuelap.

Unfortunately Kuelap was closed due to a recent rainstorm damaging one of the walls. It's set to be the next Machu Picchu site in Peru with lots of foundations that remain from rock walls and buildings.

Recommend:

  • any of the hikes around the area
  • Chachapoyas market and shopping / pedestrian street
  • Kuelap site
  • Sarcophagus of Karajia
  • Gocta waterfalls

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PANO view of the first hotel eco lodge
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taking a picture of the photographer taking a picture of Gocta waterfalls
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one of the valleys and view of 2nd hotel by the river
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Sonche canyon, just a 1600 foot drop to the bottom
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Cave with ruins
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hillside sarcophagus of Karajia
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Kuelap fortress
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Posted by MurkTravels 18:04 Archived in Peru Tagged culture history peru waterfall hike ancient 2022 Comments (0)

Trujillo 2022 - Peru

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North of Lima along the coast are several towns with historic and archeological sites. We took a long weekend trip up there to check it out.
First we flew into Trujillo, capital of La Libertad department. We checked out Chan Chan and the Huacas of the Sol and Luna.

Just north from there is the town of. Huanchaco, famed for it's reed fishing boats and surfing. There is also another site called El Brujo, with the remains of a pre-Inca female ruler of the area, during the reign of the Moche culture. It had a fantastic museum and they were continuing the excavation of the site.

After that was a bus ride north for several hours to the town of Chiclayo. The historic site up there is Sipan, also from the Moche time. It had the remains of other rulers as well. The actual bones, gold, and treasures they found are in a museum in town.

Recommend:

  • El Brujo site was my personal favorite
  • The Sipan museum has the most artifacts

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Trujillo main square
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Chan Chan site
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Huaca de la Luna
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El Brujo artifacts
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Sipan grave excavation
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Posted by MurkTravels 17:30 Archived in Peru Tagged culture history peru 2022 Comments (0)

Beach time - Peru

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It's summer in Peru, and everyone in Lima tries to escape the city and head to the beaches that are 30 minutes to 3 hours south. Most weekends are packed on the roads; it reminds me of ski season during the winter in Colorado w/ traffic jams for hours.

We have spent several partial weekends at Betty and Carlos' beach house in Asia. It is right in front of the beach in the town of Asia, Peru. There are dedicated shades tents for their house, there's a malecon walkway for 10+ miles along the beach and shores with the other resorts, and there's a beach volleyball court right in front of the house.

For beach volleyball, we have made some good connections. I have played with one of the teens that were on the 18 and under National youth team for beach volleyball. I am trying to connect him up with anyone I still know that coaches college VB in the US. We went to a town on an island south of Lima called Pucusana to play there. Also, have been playing at 6 in the mornings for a few weeks in Lima with a group of guys that play frequently. Most recently I met the coach of the National Peru beach volleyball teams, and I practiced with him.

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Posted by MurkTravels 17:28 Archived in Peru Tagged sunset beach peru sun volleyball 2022 Comments (0)

outside Lima 2022 - Peru

archeological sites

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We spent a few weekends checking out the historic sites just outside the city limits (1-3 hours away from the center of Lima).

The first was Pachacamac to the south. It has been around for thousands of years, and has many different civilizations use it as a religious and commercial center on the coast. There is a very informative and modern museum there at the entrance. Then you can walk, bike, or drive a car to the rest of the locations on site. There are excavated and partially repaired temples, agricultural sites, meeting buildings, pyramids, walkways, and military style buildings.

The second location was in the north and is named Caral. It's believed to be the oldest built site in Peru and possibly all of the Americas at over 5000 years old. It has pyramids, houses, theater, and government buildings.

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PACHACAMAC

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CARAL

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Posted by MurkTravels 14:15 Archived in Peru Tagged museums temple history peru national south_america inca 2022 Comments (1)

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