arrived in Huaraz (elev: 3,100 meters), at the foot of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, just as the rainy season was getting underway. I didn’t care. This was the gateway to Peru’s tallest mountains, including Huascaran at 6,768 meters (22,205 feet), and I wasn’t going to miss it on my first visit to the country. After all, […]
he historic main plaza of Trujillo, Peru’s 2nd largest city, is surrounded by beautifully painted buildings, reminiscent of Cartagena. As I was walking around, I was struck by this scene: the richly painted blue wall, grand white windows, and how humble they made the woman selling gum beneath them appear. ____________ Dave’s 160-page, all-original Lima Travel Guide […]
Covering some 20 square kilometers of desert between Trujillo and the Pacific Ocean, the adobe city of Chan Chan was constructed by the Chimor civilization starting around 850 AD. This was about the same time the Moche civilization, which created Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol, went into decline. Chan Chan was inhabited […]
ollowing in the footsteps of my friends Jack and Jill, I departed Chachapoyas in the mountains of northern Peru for Trujillo further south along the coast. As an aside, I took an overnight bus, which was far more comfortable, modern, and efficient than any bus I’ve taken in Colombia or Ecuador (or heck, even the […]
isiting Gocta Waterfall, which is arguably the world’s 3rd tallest at 771 meters (2,530 feet), is an easy day trip from Chachapoyas. For $18, you can join a tour that includes roundtrip transportation in a minivan. The park entrance fee is another $2, and a fresh trucha (trout) lunch will run $3.50. The hike from […]
One of the many reasons I chose to take the long, scenic route from Ecuador to Peru was so that I’d be in a good position to visit Kuelap, a Pre-Inca, Pre-Colombian, mountaintop fortress built by the Chachapoyans (know as the Cloud Forest people). Little is known about Kuelap, though we do know through carbon dating […]
There are two main border crossings between Ecuador and Peru. The 2-day trip from Vilcabamba to Chachapoyas is the more relaxed route.