Peru · 20 Days · 10 Moments · June 2017

9 July 2017

HUACACHINA This is a small oasis town in the middle of the Peruvian desert. It's population is just over 100 people and their main focus is tourism. The sand dunes surrounding the town are no longer called dunes but mountains as they have now grown so high. They too attractions are sandboarding and dune buggying. I took part in both and I have never been more scared for my life than I have in the buggy. However it was absolutely brilliant. The adrenaline filled activity allowed us to have a clear view of the sunsets over the dunes and take in the expanse of the desert. Must see in Peru!

6 July 2017

MACHU PICCHU The hike up to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes or local name machupicchu pueblo was worth all the hard work. We were the first group inside and had an incredible view. It was built in 100 years by incas who craves stone for houses and terraces and had to walk up and down the mountain for sand and mud so they were able to grow food and sustain buildings. They were self sustained by making growing and building everything them selves. The Temple deal Sol had 2 windows, so on the 21st December and 21st June a shadow would be cast over a sacrificial stone. The Temple of the Condor was used to sacrifice a black llama to the sky so they would have good weather. They chose this place due to its ability to be protected and located as it was first discovered by an American in 1911, 400 years after the last inca left. No one knows the true name of Machu Picchu as Picchu means mountain but if anyone finds out the great land mark will never lose its name Machu Picchu.

4 July 2017

AMAZON RAINFOREST The 4 day adventure up to Machu Picchu started at the foot of the Amazon rainforest where we mountain biked 3000m down the forest through the fog, rain and multiple bugs. Later we went white water rafting making me realise the strength of the water and the power Pacha mama has over the earth. The 18km hike up the 'mountains' through thick vegetation ensured we saw all the rainforest had to offer. I tasted the most fresh fruit from the native trees and saw how coffee was made by the locals who literally live in the middle of the trees. We encountered animals such as the emperor monkey, nose bear and MOSQUITOES! The Inka Trail quickly began and careful foot work was key. The narrow paths wrapping round the mountain proved very difficult to walk along but that may have just been my height. It's hard to believe the Inkas ran along those. The views from the top were incredible, stretching as far as you can see just thick forest with secrets hidden below.

29 June 2017

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN Height:5020m Hardest trek of my life. Even though it's only a 6km trek up to the peak at that altitude I honestly thought my lungs would explode! With the beating sun scorching my skin and the feeling of constant dehydration I made it to the peak 2 hours later. Coca leaves are now my number 1 hated substance but it was definitely worth the struggle up to the top.

28 June 2017

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24 June 2017

COLCA CANYON The worlds deepest canyon of 4160m at its deepest. It's taken many years to discover the depth of this canyon however in 1982 it became official as the deepest canyon. There have never been incas in the colca region so the practises could never have been related. The natives here practise bizarre head deformations to worship the volcanoes surrounding. The colca valley drops by 10cm ever year due to severe earthquakes. The colca condor is the second largest bird with a. Wing span of over 3m and they use geothermal winds to lift themselves to soar rather than their flap wings.

22 June 2017

AREQUIPA In Arequipa community is what they stand for. Everyone helps each other out whether it's a job trade for food or lifts here and there. They have an alpaca and llama sanctuary where they take the coats to turn to the finest fibres for clothing. There is a real difference between the quality of the fibres from these animals which are bread in captivity and those which are wild. This is thee main research they carry out here.

20 June 2017

The second island i have visited on Lake Titicaca was Taquile. Here the pronounce the lakes name as 'Titihaha' not 'titicaca' because no one likes a caca (another word of poo). They recently celebrated the festival of the earth so white paint was scattered everywhere and their dress was still worn. Black skirt for women meant married Colourful skirt means single Men with leather hats are old community leaders Men with one colour hat and married Men with half white and half colour hats are single. This is the way people on this island would politely chase after someone without finding out the horror they were taken.
The floating islands of Lake Titicaca Los Uros, the clump of many floating reed islands have been there since 1987 when a huge block of earth was recovered after sea level movement. Inca descendants stacked reeds on top of reeds in formation to form a sturdy structure now present in today's reed islands. Their main way of life is supported through tourism and bartering with the mainland for supplies so they are very friendly and loud. Each island only lasts about 20 years and the reeds are replaced every 15 days due to rapid rotting from the polluted water.