In three days, we head north on the Peruvian busline, Cruz del Sur. With entertainment screens on every seat, Internet, USB ports, seats that recline 160 degrees, and food and drink, the trip will not be too tough. Traveling on the buses here rivals the planes. We leave here around 3pm on Tuesday and will arrive the next day sometime near midnight. One bus from here to Lima, another from Lima to Trujillo. The adventure continues. The total cost for us and our six suitcases (the extent of our life’s belongings) will be less than $200. Pretty cheap move! Read More
Waking at the crack of dawn, mule ride up the mountain, hot springs, wild alpacas…we had it all on the last day of our 3-day trek. And to think the whole thing, including meals and accommodation, cost us each a grand total of about $60USD.
Nancy and I knew we were too trashed to make it back up to the top of the canyon rim on the third day so we had booked a couple of mules the night before for less than $20 apiece. Well worth the cost to save us any more pain! Just because we have lost almost 100 pounds between the two of us in the last year doesn’t mean we are in tip-top shape yet. And little did we know that we wouldn’t be able to sit down for another week but that’s another story! Read More
The second day of the trek took us through more awesome mountain scenery as we made our way along the edge of the canyon. The river was not too far below us for most of the walk and apart from the final descent into our camp for the second night, the route was fairly flat.
We passed through several small villages along the way and walked through a couple of ankle-deep streams that flowed across the trail. We were definitely happy that we had bought water-proof boots before we left home! The variety of vegetation was staggering. Everything from cactus to medicinal plants to domestic crops for the local populace. Here and there the landscape actually opened up into large open fields. Read More