We survived the 17h night bus to Cusco, ancient capital of the Inca empire, located at 3400m above sea level. Unfortunately, Minna had also gotten sick along the way. This combination doesn’t give you much energy to begin with. So, our mission was to recover as best as possible for the highlight of this tour: 4 days hike on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu! Rock hard beds, cold room, loud neighbourhood and fireworks(!) from 6am is perhaps not optimal conditions. Cusco has beautiful architecture and wonderful Peruvian food, so we managed pretty well after all. First world problems as the saying goes. We opted out for the more strenuous activities and instead tried chocolate making, jewellery factory and, of course, alpaca clothing store, among other things.
Peru is the first country in our 35 days tour through South America. But first, we had two days to visit the capital city Lima by ourselfs. We decided to continue our “slow” mode and see a couple of the main tourist attraction.
Panama is sort of the joker in our deck of travel destinations. We had two weeks in between our Galapagos trip and the next adventures awaiting us in South America, so we decided to spend these weeks in a new country! The eleventh country on our world journey, to be exact.
Galápagos has been, like several other destinations of this trip, a dream for many years. Words spoken or written from previous visitors has all been the same: Galápagos is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Thus, our expectations were set really high. In despite of this, we were absolutely blown away. In the past week we have seen and experienced things we never thought possible. The tales, the stories… they were all true.
Ecuador is famous for its variety in wildlife and climate. One of them is the Amazonas, a must-visit if you are around to, hopefully, see some beautiful (and creepy) animals. Not before long, we were sitting in a canoe, taking us down the river to our lodge. We were very lucky on this first “wildlife viewing”, and got to see e.g. four anacondas, one sloth, pink river dolphins and monkeys. What a good start!
To celebrate our 10 year anniversary, we decided to stay five nights at a Hacienda San Augustin de Callo. An old cosy countryside farm estate located close to Cotopaxi, an active volcano, with ruins from the Inca people. Actually, we are having our daily dinner inside one of the remaining rooms from this period.
Quito, the second highest located capital in the world at 2850m, welcomed us with open arms and, of course, headache and fatigue from the high altitude. 3rd floor at the hotel (no elevator) and hilly streets were harder than normal. Quito have rich architecture and beautiful churches and cathedrals, especially the view over the city from Basilica del Voto Nacional, and colourful houses.