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May 27, 2014 - Days 281 to 284 - Chachapoyas (Peru)

On Saturday 24th May I turned up for my 4.45pm bus to Chachapoyas, only to find that the bus was from Trujillo to Chachapoyas…schoolboy error! Still, after some help, I reorganised the tickets and finally arrived in Chachapoyas at 6.00am on Monday 28th May. Actually, if I was keeping to my vague schedule, I should actually be arriving in Ecuador now…oh well! I found the Plaza des Armas and had a friendly tout take me to the Chachapoyas Backpackers hostel...18 Soles (£4.00) for a dorm. I also arranged a tour, so at 8.30am, after two bad...

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Jan 26, 2014 - The North Of Peru, Chiclayo-chachapoyas-kuelap-yumbilla Waterfall

I was planning this trip for a very long time. I have heard some friends that are more travelers than tourists about Amazon region and I was really dying to get there and know this place, finally this was the trip of my life. It all started when I have to got back to Peru for work, I was looking for a plane ticket to Guayaquil Ecuador , so I can enter to Peru by the north and stay there to know better the place. This is how I´ve been able to see some magical places with the more spectaculars landscapes. My journey to Amazon region started...

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Dec 9, 2012 - Chachapoyas

Nous sommes maintenant à Chachapoyas, la capitale du département Amazonas. Ce n'est par contre pas vraiment l'Amazonie, mais une zone montagneuse et humide très verdoyante. La région était habitée par la culture pré-inca Chachapoya qui a laissé de nombreux sites archéologiques dont la forteresse de Kuélap que nous avons visitée. Cette citadelle a été construite par les Chachapoyas environ en l'an 800 Ap J-C et est très impressionnante. Les personnes importantes de ce peuple étaient momifiées et mises dans des sarcophages. Nous sommes aussi...

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Jan 16, 2011 - Kuelap

Kuelap is a fortress that was built by a pre-Incan culture, the Chachapoyas. Their architecture is characterized by circular buildings and they were topped by steep pitched thatch roofs . The entire citadel was surrounded by a massive limestone wall ranging in height from 20 to 40 feet. It is an oval shape about a half mile in length and it sits atop a 10,000 foot mountain with commanding views of the surrounding valleys. Previous to their demise, facilitated by the Incas, the complex housed around 35,000 people. It has been estimated that...

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Jan 15, 2011 - Catarata de Gocta

Today I went to se the waterfall known here as Catarata de Gocta. It was a very hilly two hour hike in and a rain soaked two hours back out. About midway the trail went right through a shed where a man was pressing juice from sugarcane. He had a pole, about 16 feet long, centered on a spindle that was coming up from the roller press. There was a donkey attached to the pole and walking in circles as the man fed the canes into the press. He told me that the juice was for making chicha, a traditional Andean type of beer. Corn is normally used...

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Jul 7, 2010 - Chachapoyas via Pedro Ruiz

Bus arr / leaves late, 7:30 on another cloudy morning. Buses in Peru are not convenient or cheap - $2 US per hour of travel and rarely leave/arr on time. The GH bus does incl the 5s. breakfast consisting 2 spongy soft 'sweet' rolls in a styrofoam container and tea, also in styrofoam...a nutritional and environmental disaster!!!! They even have a steward who serves this fare, and explains the safety exits, the air conditioning adjustment vemts, and the lights over each seat which only go on after 6 pm. Shades of Turkish bus travel attempting...

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Jul 4, 2009 - The day after the big day

From the district of Miraflores in Lima, Peru ... Needless to say, we were tired after last night's events. We slept in until after 11:00am. The overcast skies seemed to make us even lazier. We walked to Cafe Suisse and had a very nice lunch. For 39 soles (about $13 US), we had one of the specials ... french onion soup, chicken in a delicious mushroom sauce, and caramel flan for dessert. After lunch, we went to a couple of department stores and a grocery store and did some more souvenir shopping. In Peru, whenever you are served coffee...

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Jul 3, 2009 - The Wedding

From the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru ... Most of our day leading up to the wedding was fairly laid back. We felt really tired today. Could be the hectic pace we’ve been keeping, could be the overcast weather, or maybe a combination of both. After breakfast at the hotel, we walked down a couple of blocks to a check out a grocery store called Metro. This is an upscale grocery like Whole Foods or Fresh Market and is very attractive inside. We enjoyed perusing the aisles of items that were different from what we see in the U.S. One thing...

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Jul 2, 2009 - Larcomar on the Pacific Ocean

From the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru ... Today’s weather was more typical for this time of year ... very overcast and cloudy. If we were at home, we would be sure and grab an umbrella before heading out. But here we are assured we will see no rain. Only a heavy mist early in the mornings and occasionally in the evenings at dusk as well. After breakfast in the hotel cafe this morning, we decided to go down to the ocean. We walked several blocks down Jose Larco Blvd. (about a mile). There is a huge Marriott Hotel on the ocean, probably...

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Jul 1, 2009 - Lots of sightseeing and dinner at Chili's?

From the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru ... Our day began with breakfast in the hotel’s cafe. A breakfast buffet is included in our stay. We both had made to order omelets which were pretty tasty and some fresh mangos and watermelon. The coffee was hot today! And served with hot milk too! So we’re off to a good start. Next we headed out to do some sightseeing in Miraflores. We were very blessed to have yet another sunny day with blue skies - a rarity in Lima this time of year. We visited the Town Hall which was an amazing building with...

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Jun 30, 2009 - Return to Lima

From the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru ... We didn't have to get up until 7:00am today, but I think now we're just in the habit of waking up very early. So we got up around 6:00am and went downstairs to have breakfast in the hotel cafe. The breakfast is very different here, and I can't say I'm crazy about it, but it's not bad. For instance, they serve cold cereal with yogurt ... at least that's what it looks like to me only a little thinner. After breakfast, Charlie and I decided to go back to the market where I purchased some things...

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Oct 23, 2008 - Chachapoyas (Kuelap)

So we finally made it to Chachapoyas and had a whole one day set aside to get to the pre-inca ruins of Kuelap (I hope you all realise that generally my spelling is not even close to correct for any of these places). We are so glad we made the slow dusty journey out here cause the ruins were amazing. We head off on tour with our new dutch friends and discovered some beautiful ruins high up on a hillside (god knows why they don´t build any of these places in valleys that are easy to get to). The ruins were old enough that there were trees and...

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