Bolivia part. 1

Copacabana | La Paz |

Moving on to Bolivia was an obligation. Not that we didn’t want to go but after two months in Peru it felt like leaving home. The lake Titicaca welcomed us in copacabana with one of the most spectacular sunsets (after a day of rain in Puno).

We got a beer from a bar and chat a bit with Laura and Gabriel, and Argentinian couple from Buenos Aires that we met again and again during our trip. After the beer we got to take some pictures with small alpacas and made the woman owning the alpacas pissed with us because we had no money left in our pockets!

It was pretty difficult then to find a proper cheap hostel as we ended up in a place with terrible WiFi and no gas for cooking (pretty much a nightmare).

The day after we were ready to get off there and move to La Paz. Where we spent almost a week (we really didn’t want to leave and still want to go back!). We spent in total 3 days on the hills of the Moon valley in the beautiful Colibrì camping and and 4 days in the city walking up and down hill.

La Paz is a city full of great people, vibes and cafes If you get lost in the street market you’re not going to get home without some empanadas, alpaca’s yarn and natural remedies!

We spent so much time at the witches market that we became friends with some of the women sitting there!

Very interesting is also the museum of the history of the Coca. The museum is very small but the written guide brings you through all the stages to understand the uses and abuses of coca leaves and plant. The Inca were using the coca leaves in rituals, as natural remedies and to calm hunger and fatigue. The coca leaves became a currency in the period of mining and then a illegal trading part in the cocaine industry.

La Paz gave us a great welcome in Bolivia and we are very glad we spent some time there.

Peru part 4.

Cusco | Machu Picchu | Sacred Valley

After Huacachina was time to meet Amber and Torben in Cusco. We took a night bus that arrived after 17 hours at the Terminal of the Inca Imperial Capital of Peru. The wind was cold and after days in the desert was a pleasure to be there!

Cusco is a very beautiful Inca-colonial style built city. You can see that the basement of all the buildings in the center is Inca and the rest it’s built with the typical Spanish-colonial way.

Thanks to Torben and Amber we stayed at an amazing hotel, Yabar Hotel, on the main square of Cusco. Just few blocks from the central market and in a area full of cafes and restaurants.

The day after our alarm woke us up pretty early and a taxi drove us through the sacred valley to visit the Amaru community where groups of women from the Andes are weaving alpaca-llama yarn products. We went to the group called Intiwasi. Their main language is Quechua but they did a presentation of how they naturally dye the yarn and how they weave and knit in Spanish.

After this visit of the artisans we went to Ollantaytambo to catch the train to Machu Picchu (the village) and spend the rainy night there eating pizza and watching funny Peruvian tv shows.

On Friday morning we were ready to go to the ruins of Machu Picchu. For your information Machu Picchu is not the name of the ruins, the archeologists don’t know yet the real name of the village that was there and for which scope it was used. Machu Picchu is the name of the mountain that “protects” the village. And it means “the old mountain”. In front of the ruins there is also “the happy mountain” and this makes everything better!

Machu Picchu was re-discovered by Hiram Bingham and brought to world wide knowledge in 1911. The ruins were actually discovered by 3 Peruvians way before but Bingham made it internationally recognized.

Studies have been discovered that Machu Picchu was mostly inhabited by young people, probably students. It was probably divided in a male area and female area. And it had different kind of temples: one for sacrifice (mostly of llamas but also humans) and other for praying the good spirits of the mountains, the Apus, and the Pachamama, Mother Earth.

In general Machu Picchu is one of the most magical places we have visited. Even with the crazy crowd of tourists that everyday walks up and down the ruins it is still one of the most amazing place in Peru.

The landscape is breathtaking and the guide we had, that you are obliged to get in order to enter in the site, was very well prepared and very knowledgeable.

After spending the day in Machu Picchu we went back to Ollantaytambo for the night were a big carnival party with beautiful people dancing in the main square kept us busy. Carnival is one of the best moments to visit all South America. It is a great way to learn about culture and costumes of the places you are visiting and listen to great folkloric music.

The day after we went on a tour of the Sacred Valley and we visited the ruins of Moray, the Salt Mine of Maras and eat gilled cuy on the way to the market of Pisac. One of the biggest market of Peru. Unfortunately we didn’t have much time to explore it and a rain shower was coming to welcome us on our way back to Cusco!

Before getting to Cusco we managed to visit an animals-shelter where they rescue domestic and wild life in danger. You can see there many alpacas, llamas, vicuñas, condors, Peruvian dogs and felines from the rainforest.

When back in Cusco we relaxed a bit on the Airbnb found by Amber and got a pizza at the La Pizza Carlo, the pizza was very good but the lady at the cashier decided it was time to get very good tips from us even though we didn’t agree with that or with her service!

On Tuesday was the last day of Amber and Torben in the Peruvian city and we went around searching for souvenirs, beer-milkshakes and yarn (for Gaia!)

The market in Cusco is something pretty amazing and beautiful to explore for many hours! An infinite amount of bags, sweaters, hammocks, gadgets, chocolate, salt and ponchos is waiting for you inside of the indoor market. Stop by the little mamas selling natural products: they have amazing shampoos, creams and oils to buy! When you feel tired just head on the juice shops side and get a full dose of vitamins!

After the market we went ceviche eating at Ceviche Seafood Kitchen. Sit in front of the window upstairs to enjoy the view of Plaza de Armas and the beautiful Catedral Del Cuzco!

Other suggestion for foodies going to Cusco is Incanto, the best Italian restaurant me and Lasse have been in all South America (they have ravioli, polenta with 4 cheese, lasagne and much more!).


Peru part 3.

Huacachina 

After spending some time in Huaraz it was time to head south. We were going to meet Torben and Amber the 15th February in Cusco! 

So we decided to go to Huacachina, this Mars-looking place where a small touristy oasis makes a perfect place to chill in the middle of the desert. 

First we took a 8 hours night bus from Huaraz, then a 5 hours to Ica then a 30 minutes taxi/mototaxi to Huacachina. 

If you get to Ica and you think “let’s take a day here” don’t stay there. Crowded and filled with hot roads and people, menu for tourists with 50 soles (badly made) ceviche – ok they scammed us for that! So…just go to Huacachina directly and enjoy life! 

If you have to spend time in Ica waiting for your bus then go to Lora Cafe, best coffee ever and great cakes! 

Best activities (if you are not a tour-type) Looking at the sunset from the dunes, run down the dunes and enjoy the quiet of the oasis during the day drinking lemonade from one of the bars-restaurants around there.
We stayed at the Desert Nights hostel, pretty relaxed atmosphere and a great terrace and kitchen where to cook and avoid the hottest hours of the day (11-15). Really recommended, they have also sandboarding-sandskiing equipment and they can organize a tour for you in 3-2-1. 

We tried the sand boarding/ sand buggy tour of 2.5 hours and we had loads of fun with the people on the tour with us. Ok…needs to be said it’s a pretty cheesy activity (watch the dunes, watch the sunset, go down on the sand board, the drivers are crazy…) but we really enjoyed our afternoon! 

Big plus for Huacachina the pizza of the Wild Olive trattoria! 

Ps. There is no filter/photoshop/modification in any picture…all the colors are the real colors also the very pink ones! 

Sensun Festival

First stop!

Is there any better way to spend a summer-weekend in Denmark than going to a festival in the nature?

Thursday afternoon, after having lunch at Tivoli, we take the train to Køge. 40 minutes after we are on the local train to Rødvig with our backpacks, the landscape outside gets more and more quite, few houses and many golden fields are scrolling outside of the train .

The festival is a combination of people, colors and music that is difficult to find in another place, everything looks meant to be there for a shooting of some kind of New Age movie. The guys at the entrance are really welcoming and there is a nice tent where they make food and sell coffee.

The festival is divided in 3 stages: chill out area with cafè, outside stage with a great psychedelic stage design and the huge Tipi Tent that is part of the old limestone mine. The music changes from chill out to techno and a lot of psytrance.

The experience of being in the nature with so many different people makes the festival a place for experimenting, meeting people and discussing about new ways of living life, more nomad and less conventional.

The location is the perfect playground not only for a festival but also for somebody that wants to experience some nature in Denmark and be in front of the open sea. Stevns Klint and all the walking paths around are a great turistic point. The cliff is under the UNESCO heritage and it’s a place where many scientists found fossils and traces of the dinosaurs.

Rødvig, Boesdal Kalkbruin and Stevns Klint are a good daily tour and a relaxing spot for who’s in Copenhagen or wants to travel around Denmark.

More info about Stevnsklint and Sensun Festival

Hope you’ll enjoy the pictures!

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