Hiking Rainbow Mountain

Hello again everyone! I am in Puno now and about to go and visit the floating islands plus prepare for an island homestay. I can’t believe how my time in Peru has flown by! I have now completed the Inca Trail but have had limited internet access as well as having had to buy a…

From Chivay to Cusco

I haven’t posted for a couple of days and this will have to stay the norm for the next week or so because we are off to start our treks! Tomorrow I start the Inca Trail and I can’t wait. I was pretty nervous about doing it but I actually did a huge hike yesterday…

Chivay and Colca Canyon 

In contrast to the grueling night bus to Arequipa, the journey to Chivay (the tiny town that has been our base to see the area) was in a private vehicle and took us round winding mountain roads, past agricultural zones and active volcanoes, and through post-rainy-season lush green plains. We stopped a few times on…

24 hours in Arequipa

Very impressed with Peru’s second biggest city! With only a million people compared to Lima’s 10 million, Arequipa was a lot more my kind of city and felt more manageable in terms of exploring. I don’t have too much to say, however, as the day spent there was the day following the night bus and…

Nazca

Up early on Friday and 5 of us were taken to the small Nazca airport ready for our much-anticipated flight to see the lines. Unfortunately the hotel breakfast was pretty wanting and covered in flies but in hindsight it was a very good thing we couldn’t eat much (or at all) because to say the…

Islas Ballestas, Huacachina winery and dunes 

So yesterday was the first day of our tour and true to form we spent a lot of it on the road! Our bus to Paracas was at 12 so a few of us managed to get down to the Miraflores beach front for a little while, then we were off. I need to take…

Lima: A pleasant(?) surprise 

Not even an hour after I wrote my last post, I ended up meeting some other tour group members! They were already here at the guesthouse since they travelled down from Ecuador together. It couldn’t have worked out better really as I am still even now in slight zombie mode. I think I’m more jetlagged…

​Arrival: First Thoughts and Travel

Well, I’m here in Lima now! It’s just before 8 and I’m in the breakfast area of my hotel. One word to sum up the journey and my first reaction to Lima: overwhelming! I got to the guesthouse (where I will be meeting the rest of the tour group this evening) at around 8pm Peruvian…

My Big Fat Latin American Adventure: Travel Schedule

Find out more about the trip I’m on – take a look at my schedule! You can also see more about my motivations here in part 1 of this post.  Part 2: My travel schedule Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a planner. I am trying to be more open to being spontaneous and spur-of-the-moment and…

My Big Fat Latin American Adventure: Why I’m going

If you’ve read my introductory post, you’ll know about why and how I’m on the gap year as a rule (lucky you!). But I also wanted to include some posts about my first big trip, in Latin America. So here we are! More about why I’m going and what I’ll be doing out there. Part…

Let me introduce myself…

Hello and welcome to my brand new blog! My name is Sarah, and I graduated from the University of Bristol in July (in French and Philosophy BA, if you were wondering). I toyed with taking a gap year before I went to university; but it was never a serious idea as nearly all of my…