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A Photography Entry of Hiking in the Andes


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Hiking in the famous Andes Mountains might be a good choice on your bucket list. It is one of the wild side of South America that provides hikers with abundance of options to take. Many of these treks are at high altitude, so be ready for that. The pictures from my album were mostly taken during my Lares Trek in Peru, some of those were from my biking experience in Sacred Valley.

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DSCN0419The high altitude made the clouds cast big shadows over the town.

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IMG_2353 Downhill biking was a great experience though I didn’t end up quite well.

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DSCN0543Peruvian local market

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DSCN0659This llama was huge up close.

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DSCN0554Lares Pass

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DSCN0656This was 8am in the winter morning and we just spent the night sleeping here.

DSCN0651The rectangular shaped tent towards the left was the makeshift restroom. I put my nature call to the nature instead.

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DSCN0608Yes, we came a long way

DSCN0590Sleeper tents for the night

DSCN0593This Peruvian lady invited us into her home for a visit.

DSCN0599And she offered us sweet potatoes, I had no idea why they were black.

DSCN0602A group shot within her house premises.

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DSCN0629These llamas were carriers, look at the woods on their back.

DSCN0618Pachacutec Pass at 15000 feet

DSCN0630Another smiley group shot despite the chilling wind against our faces

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My virgin trip to South America was really exotic. I can’t wait till I step foot onto South America continent again.

Peru, Photography, Travel

The City of Cusco Spoken In Pictures


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The first thing I realized after stepping off my domestic flight upon landing in Cusco was the increasingly lack of breath with every step I took. I just landed in a city that is at 3400m above the sea level. It is a good place to acclimatize to the high altitude areas in Peru. The flight took about an hour from Lima which is much better compared to the 21 hours bus ride if you choose not to fly. The difference is of course the ridiculous discrepancy in prices. It was absolutely a pleasure to be flying above the Andes mountain range, which seemed right out from picturesque postcards. Exotic South America indeed.

photo 1On the outskirts of Cusco

photo 2The city of Cusco beneath my feet

I like the way Cusco is built. Nestled between mountains, Inca ruins can be found around the areas. Even though walking can be real tiring because of the altitude, I love the city for what it is.

DSCN0342A look at the city from high ground

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DSCN0297Unique streets in the city

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DSCN0327Cusco Cathedral

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I took a walking tour inside the immerse cathedral and it was a good experience, too bad they don’t allow cameras in there.

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photoPlaza de Armas

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I hope you enjoyed the pictures. You must definitely visit Cusco if you are in Peru!

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What Makes Peru A Paradise For Outdoor Adventures?


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Would you like some outdoor adventures in South America? Peru would be a good choice! Peru is not just about Machu Pichu. Read about my thoughts of traveling in Peru.

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Kayaking at Lake Titikaka

Have you try sea kayaking at high altitude? Check out Lake Titikaka in Peru! The nearest accessible city will be Puno, people usually travel there to access the lake. Situated at the border of Bolivia and Peru, it is a lake divided between these two countries. It is the world highest navigable lake at 3800 meters above sea level. Yes, that means you got less oxygen to work with and need more time to acclimatize to the high altitude. I spent two days exploring the Peruvian side of Lake Titikaka on my kayak. The Uros islands have some pretty lovely history and are part of the major tourist attractions in Peru. Home stay at Armantani Island was enriching. It was a good place to rest from hours of kayaking in the day and the ideal place to explore some local culture. Staying with the locals was the perfect time to practice my Spanish. Try playing soccer on this island with other travelers and locals, you will feel the effect of high altitude in your performance. I felt like a blown tire lying by the side of the freeway after ten minutes, totally exhausted from the game. Kayaking at such altitude is not an easy feat but it is a good workout for sure. Most tour companies offer one-man and two-man kayak, so pick your choice. You wouldn’t want to miss out such a cultural and adventurous opportunity in Puno area.

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