Category Archives: Peru

Southern Peru: Wild and Windy Deserts

The area south of Lima is quieter, with fewer people and vast stretches of barren, rocky landscape. Most overlanders leave the PanAmerican Highway, turning inland to Arequipa, Cusco, and the allure of Machu Picchu. Which are locations not to be missed! Back in 2012, we loved Arequipa: exploring the former nunnery, and venturing into Colca Canyon for sightings of condors and long soaks in hot springs. Cusco is wonderfully busy and dripping with Incan ruins and culture. Tourists in REI

Peru: South of Lima (aka Screaming towards Bolivia!)

After our adventures in the mountains, it was back to the coast for sand and cities. And we kinda fell in love with the trucks in Peru. I mean, how can you not smile at this wild mop top rolling down the street? This one has been dubbed the Jon Bon Jovi, circa 1985.  The David Lee Roth 1988.  We tucked ourselves into a small deserted rv park on the edge of the lagoon just north of Lima.  The avian

Peru: Machu Picchu, Arequipa, and the Sacred Valley

Back in 2012, when our son Ben was 20 months old (and Emma had not yet made her appearance in the world) we traveled to Peru for two weeks. It was Ben’s first international trip and our introductory visit to South America. It was a great experience: we visited Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and of course, Machu Picchu. In November 2017, when we were roaring through Peru, we elected to bypass the places we’d visited previously, choosing

Peru: Cordillera Blancas

The mountains are calling and we must go. We took a sharp swerve to the east to hit up some of Peru’s most stunningly gorgeous peaks. In Spanish Cordillera Blanca means ‘white range’, although they are still technically part of the Andes chain of mountains that snakes south; the continent’s crooked spine. They also serve as the continental divide. Weirdly, I expect divides to be in the middle of the continent: neatly packaging and sending their watery volumes into equal parts

Northern Peru: Booking it south and avoiding flying trash

Hullo Peru! After a long border crossing from Ecuador we tucked ourselves into a little campspot on the beach for a few days to regroup. The kids make good beach bums. Also! We had our first encounter with Peru’s famous hairless dogs. Not to be confused with Mexican hairless dogs. Peru’s specimens were bred by pre-Incan cultures along the coastal regions  but almost became extinct when the Spaniards arrived.  They are…weird. These guys weren’t completely hairless and had mottled skin

How much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia update

It seems like just yesterday I did out last budget post but alas, we’ve managed to make our way through another five countries over the past two months. We are still running well below our budget of $200/day. Over the past two months, we’ve had a few major expenses as well, shipping the truck from Panama to Colombia (required to get around the Darien Gap) and a trip into the Amazon jungle in Ecuador. From a fuel perspective, we saw

Peru Family Vacation: The Sacred Valley

This post is part of our Two Weeks in Peru with a Toddler series. The Introduction, route map, and itinerary can be found here.  Days 1-2: Arequipa Days 3-4: Colca Canyon  Days 5-6: Lake Titicaca and the Floating Islands of Uros Days 7-9: Cusco Days 10-11: Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes  Days 11-13: We checked ourselves into the lovely Sol y Luna Lodge in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The hotel is tucked away behind high walls and is a world away from the hustle and bustle of

Peru Family Vacation: Machu Picchu

This post is part of our Two Weeks in Peru with a Toddler series. The Introduction, route map, and itinerary can be found here.    At last, time for the famed city of Machu Picchu. Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western Hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. In the years since Machu Picchu was discovered by

Peru Family Vacation: Itinerary and Route Map

Two Weeks in Peru with a Toddler The white walls of Arequipa, the high deserts of the Altiplano, and the tropical mountains of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.  October 2012 We took our son to Peru when he was 20 months old. Our parents (his grandparents) were not entirely enthusiastic about their only grandchild galavanting off to South America and we were worried about the long plane ride from Seattle to Areiquipa, Peru (with stopovers in Los Angeles, Miami, and Lima). We

Peru Family Vacation: Kids Gear List

Most people can get themselves packed fairly easily for an international trip; assembling a wardrobe for the kids can be a bit more stressful. Here is the list of items we brought for Ben, who was 20 months old (almost two) at the time. We were gone for two weeks (including travel days).   From top left:Beco Gemini soft child carrier, Keens sandals, Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat, Steripen water purifier, fleece Sleep Sacks, ‘Lost’ card, Deuter Kid Comfort Child Carrier, REI polypropylene long sleeve shirt, pea pod travel

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