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PERÚ: TRES CAÑONES — ESPINAR — LLAMAC — PUNO — YUNGUYO Perú is endlessly fascinating and l feel I have barely scratched the surface but there always comes a time to leave. With the Andean wet season setting in, the prospect of – maybe – getting to Patagonia this season, rather than next, starts to […]

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PERÚ Somewhere, I am slipped a false 5 soles coin. Mostly when I’m given bills, especially larger ones, I keep an eye out but it never occured to me that it would make economic sense to produce fake coins. If I had ever thought about it at all I had always assumed that the cost […]

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political sign language, part 3

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PERÚ: CUSCO– SAN TOMAS — QUIÑOTA — CULIPAMPA — ARCATA — CAYLLOMA* Mountains. Sunlight, sunrise, sunset. Rain, wind, snow. Lakes and streams. Rain. Clouds. *The interesting part of this route was blazed by the inimitable Harriet and Neil Pike – masters of the remote uncharted high altitude mining road route. Visit their excellent websites Andes […]

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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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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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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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