Areqipa, Canion Colca, Cuzco and preparations to Machu Picchu 1


If you’re tired of my elaborates about travels or just would like to know what happened during the last days, here’s the post for you! Let me shortly list the last days of our travel:
– over a week ago we arrived to Arequipa. One of the highlights was the Monastery of Santa Catalina. Kacper asked a lot of questions about things he saw there, especially crossed Jesus. I tried to explain things to him with the help of little drawings. Here’s some of them

Religious questions from Kacper inspired by the Arequipa Monastery

Religious questions from Kacper inspired by the Arequipa Monastery

 

– next day we headed to the Colca Canion. Since the drive is quite long, we took the whole day for the Arequipa – Chivay route. We finished the day at Aguas Termales in Chacapi

Aguas Termales with bubbles

Aguas Termales with bubbles

– next day we drove along the Colca Canion, stopping many times on the way. It was mostly for MIRADORES – viewpoints, however once we stopped to admire a condor flying over our head! They say you need luck to see a condor, so again I got confirmation that we’re a lucky family :p

We see condor in Colca canion

We see condor in Colca canion

– Following on our route is Cuzco. We had to split the way there into two days. First day ended with a visit in Aguas Termales in Ayviri. What’s really interesting is that there was a hole in the middle of the pool of about 3 meters. From this hole hot water full of small bubbles of gas was coming.

Aguas termales with a 3-m deep crater in the middle

Aguas termales with a 3-m deep crater in the middle

– we arrived to Cuzco and landed in a lovely camping, which I can wholeheartedly recommend. Later that day a huge, yellow truck arrived – Unimog 2450L driven by a German couple Karina and Oli. Andrew and Kacper instantly fell in love with the truck (Kacper said that it’s because the truck has two shovels for digging)

Gelber Unimog from Uli and Karina

Gelber Unimog from Uli and Karina

 

– we stayed in Cuzco two more days. Next day all the people from the camping made a bonfire. My kids loved it! It’s quite a long time since we had a bonfire. There were freshly baked buns, sausages, meat, stuffed mushrooms.. yummy. All that in excellent company!

Bonfire with overlanders in Cuzco

Bonfire with overlanders in Cuzco

– one more day at the camping: Today Karina and I started the day with yoga! What a great feeling after such a long break. My kids were around so some positions were harder than others

Joga with Karina and the kids around

Joga with Karina and the kids around

 

– next we headed to Machu Picchu. Instead of using a very expensive train (around 160usd) we drove to the nearest Santa Teresa, and then camped on a hidroelectrica basic camping. Next day we were supposed to walk 2-3 hours and then take a bus to Muchu Picchu. Not all went as planned, but you’ll read about it next time!

Santa Teresa and preparations for Machu Picchu

Santa Teresa and preparations for Machu Picchu