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{ Monthly Archives } September 2013

people and bikes

PERÚ: CUSCO Estrelita is the cycle tourist’s hostel of choice in Cusco and I find myself happily ensconced there – for a what stretches into almost a week – catching up with old friends and making new ones.

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cusco

PERÚ: CUSCO Cusco is all colonial architecture and tourist comforts –  wide squares surrounded by elegant cathedrals, flaky chocolate croissants and raisin scrolls at a French bakery, hot expresso coffee, international chains discretely veiled by colonial facades, people touting tours, massages, mass produced handicrafts. A confirmed city agarophobe I don’t venture out much beyond what […]

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the other hundred

I mentioned already that some photos I took at Maya Pedal were recently selected for publication in a book focusing on the extraordinary lives of ordinary people across the globe. If you are interested the selection of photos can be seen at The Other Hundred website along with all the other winning photos. There will […]

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machu picchu

PERÚ: MACHU PICCHU I don’t think that I’m going to say a word.

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la selva

PERÚ: HUANTA — TAMBO — SAN FRANCISO — KIMBIRI — KITENI — QUILLABAMBA — SANTA MARIA — SANTA TERESA While negotiating tourism’s travails in Huayhaush, I had made a firm decision NOT to go Machu Picchu, or even Cusco, but somewhere on the long lonely roads between here and there that decision has gradually been […]

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faith, fiesta and fairground attractions

PERÚ: HUANTA — LA FIESTA DEL SEÑOR DE MAYNAY I arrive in Huanta with two things in mind: I need a shower and I need to wash my clothes. I have no reason to foresee any difficulties in finding a cheap place to stay where I can achieve these apparently modest goals. What I fail […]

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a long road

PERÚ: JUNIN –SAN PEDRO DE CAJAS — ACOBAMBA — PALCA — JAUJA — SAN AGUSTIN — HUANCAYO — PAMPAS — MAYOCC — HUANTA Peru is a big country and it’s a long long haul between Huaraz and Cusco. I’ve been utterly spoilt for beauty recently but somewhere in Peru’s central highlands it starts to take […]

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political sign language, part 2

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people and bikes

PERÚ: JUNIN I arrive in Junin hoping for a little comfort. I’ve been in my tent, mostly in fairly marginal campsites, just about every night since I left Huaraz and – aside from the springs at Viconga – haven’t seen hot water in that time. Since I am not really in favour of cold water, […]

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el silencio

PERÚ: CAJATAMBO — OYON — YARAJHUANCA — HAUYLLAY — ONDORES — JUNIN I emerge from the Huayhaush in something of a state: I am becoming more than a little upset and confused by my status as a gringa tourist in Perú. My fundamental discomfort with tourism and the tourist industry is normally relatively neatly sidestepped […]

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