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The Wandering Dropout

After trying really hard to find something useful to be good at, it looks like my calling in life is to travel and eat

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June 2015

Trekking the Colca Canyon independently: tips

In June 2014 I set off from Arequipa with a Dutch guy I’d met in my hostel, ready to tackle the Colca Canyon without being on a tour group. On the bus on the way over we met a British girl who was planning the same-ish trip, and we joined forces to become a little group of three, ready to take on this beast of a canyon. I’m not sure why we were so determined to not go with a tour but I’m very happy we did – in this series of posts I give a quick explanation of why it’s worth doing independently, some tips and practical advice, and a guide to doing the same route yourself.

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Trekking the Colca Canyon independently: how?

In June 2014 I set off from Arequipa with a Dutch guy I’d met in my hostel, ready to tackle the Colca Canyon without being on a tour group. On the bus on the way over we met a British girl who was planning the same-ish trip, and we joined forces to become a little group of three, ready to take on this beast of a canyon. I’m not sure why we were so determined to not go with a tour but I’m very happy we did – in this series of posts I give a quick explanation of why it’s worth doing independently, some tips and practical advice, and a guide to doing the same route yourself.

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8 reasons for doing the Inca Jungle trek rather than the class Inca trail

Machu Picchu. It’s on so many bucket lists, and most people imagine themselves conquering it via the classic 4-day Inca trail. But there are other, very exciting ways to get to MP – here I put the case forward for the Jungle trek. So, why should you consider it?

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Trekking the Colca Canyon independently: why?

In June 2014 I set off from Arequipa with a Dutch guy I’d met in my hostel, ready to tackle the Colca Canyon without being on a tour group. On the bus on the way over we met a British girl who was planning the same-ish trip, and we joined forces to become a little group of three, ready to take on this beast of a canyon. I’m not sure why we were so determined to not go with a tour but I’m very happy we did – in this series of posts I give a quick explanation of why it’s worth doing independently, some tips and practical advice, and a guide to doing the same route yourself.

Continue reading “Trekking the Colca Canyon independently: why?”

En route to Laguna 69, Huaraz, Peru

The stillness was like an invitation to dive straight in and send ripples across the mirror-like surface.. the knowledge that it was roughly 2°C and that we still had a 2-hour hike ahead meant that my sensible head prevailed..
The stillness was like an invitation to dive straight in and send ripples across the mirror-like surface.. the knowledge that the water was roughly 2°C and that we still had a 2-hour hike ahead meant that my sensible head prevailed..

Climbing down to Mezzavalle beach, Italy

Mediterranean perfection :)
Mediterranean perfection 🙂 and this heavenly beach is only reachable by a steep and rocky footpath, meaning it was pretty much ours for the day

Cusco from above, Peru

The earthy tiles of the rooftops were spread out before us, waiting to be explored
The earthy tiles of the rooftops were spread out before us, the streets sat waiting to be explored

The view of the Alhambra from the Sacromonte gypsy caves, Granada, Spain

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Even the horse seemed captivated by the unfolding view of the ancient palace.

The views of the Alhambra, shady mountains in the background, were incredible as I went for an early-morning climb up the hills overlooking the city. Semi-nomadic gypsy communities have lived for centuries, and nowadays the caves are being brought back to life by more modern travellers looking for places to settle.

7 reasons to love Arequipa

Arequipa, a beautiful city in southern Peru, is known across the land as ‘the white city’ – although whether this reflects the fact that its cathedral and many of the colonial-era buildings shine out brightly in the high-altitude sunshine, or because colonialism brought so many Europeans to this bustling hub that the population is considerably more ‘white’ than the rest of Peru – is more contentious!

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