The most beautiful place on earth (Part I)

Galapagos – one of the destinations we have been looking forward to the most on our trip. And it didn´t disappoint us. Being at Galapagos feels like going to a huge zoo – we have never been at any place in the world where we had been able to interact that closely with animals in the wild without really disturbing them. When you just saw giant tortoises and snorkeled with sharks, rays, sea turtles, sea lions and many more, and then suddenly a dolphin jumps really high out of the water, you feel like this must be a dream. It is hard to find the words to describe this place. We spent 10 days in this paradise and were more than sad to leave… more „The most beautiful place on earth (Part I)“

Life at the Amazon

The Amazon – home to incredible flora and fauna as well as different cultures. On our trip through South America we couldn´t miss coming here. Our life on the Amazon consisted of fishing piranha, looking for dolphins, anacondas, caimans, tarantulas, sloths, monkeys and many more. And mosquitos. more „Life at the Amazon“

The odyssey of the rainbow mountain

Just a three hour drive from Cusco lies the incredible rainbow mountain (montana de los 7 colores) at 5.000m above sea level. You might have guessed by its name that it consists of different colors that run parallel to each other. The colors originate from minerals that deposited here over millions of years. The stripes are supposed to originate from plate tectonic and earth movement. Of course we had to go and see this ourselves! more „The odyssey of the rainbow mountain“

Cusco & around

There are a million things to do in Cusco and surroundings. You can easily spent two weeks here. It is a beautiful colonial city. We spent one week here including our three days at Machu Picchu. But as the starting point for trips to Machu Picchu, it also has a downside. It is full of tourists and people try to sell you everything. more „Cusco & around“

Machu Picchu on a budget

Machu Picchu has been built from 1450 to 1540 and it was never completed. When the Spanish came to Peru, many incas fled here. The incas abandoned the sight in 1540 and luckily never told the Spanish about it. It was only rediscovered in 1911. Due to this, the site was never destroyed and still looks a lot like it did 500 years ago. more „Machu Picchu on a budget“

Trekking in the Colca Canyon

In Peru there are too many trekking options. We have planned to do a few, and the first one was a three-day hike in the Colca Canyon. The canyon is the second deepest in the world. Depending where you are it is between 3.270m and 1.200m deep. In comparison, the Grand Canyon is „only“ 1.800m deep. more „Trekking in the Colca Canyon“

First stop in Peru: Arequipa

Welcome to Peru! After one beautiful month in Bolivia we finally had to leave… We crossed the border at Titicaca Lake and took a bus to Arequipa – the white city. The colonial city center reminded us of Sucre, but even more beautiful. The scenery with snow-covered volcanoes in the back is even more impressive. You can see most of the city in one day, but it is nicer to enjoy it for a few days. more „First stop in Peru: Arequipa“

The birthplace of the sun

Lago de Titicaca is located between Bolivia and Peru at an altitude of about 3.800m. With a size of 8400 sq-km it has a lot to offer. Pre-Incan cultures connected the lake with mystical events. The highlight of a trip to the lake is definitely Isla del Sol. The Incas identified the island as the birthplace of the sun. Many Quechua and Aymara people still believe that they originate from the first Incas, Manco Capac and Mama Oclo, who mystically appeared on Isla del Sol under direct order from the sun (the sun is a god in Inca believes). more „The birthplace of the sun“