The story about ALPAMAYO in outdoor mag, Germany

15 11 2010
 

outddoor mag 01 | 2011 will be sold from 14.12.2010

 

 

Finally – the first story about our trip is going to be printed. In the german magazine “outdoor“.

Just before christmas “outdoor”, being published by Motorpresse Stuttgart, will have a 8 to 10 page story about our circuit of the Alpamayo on the Santa Cruz Trail.

Outdoor 01/2011 will be on sale from 14. december 2010.

 

 

Outdoor_Preview 01 | 2011

 

Outdoor 12/2010 - das aktuelle Heft

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Around the Alpamayo

6 06 2010

From Cusco we hopped to Lima (one hours flight) to drive north to Huaraz, a small town in the Cordillera Blanca – also called the “Chamonix of Peru”.  More than 20 mountains over 6000m (19700 ft) were waiting for us. We did a 9 day hike around the Alpamayo (130 km, 90miles, with one or two passes every day) and are now back in Huaraz. Today we take a bus back to Lima – to fly home on monday.

A little detour to the Alpamayo basecamp.

Day 2 of the Alpamayo Circuit. Amazing glaciers all around the camp.





Fiesta in Cusco

24 05 2010

After hiking 10 days to Machu Picchu and back we spent some very relaxed days at Cusco. We happened to be able to watch a big fiesta on the sunday of Pentecost – all different cultural groups of Cusco and surroundings met at trhe Plaza de Armas – it was a show of historic and modern costumes, dance, music and a mixture of colours you nearly couldn’t believe…. I am lucky I brought enough memory cards for my camera… more photos soon.

Peruvian colors at the Pentecost fiesta in Cusco.





Been there… the Inca City

22 05 2010

The typical Machu Picchu view... okay, the background only.

The promised photo…. 7 o’clock at Machu Picchu. Now we are back in Cusco, resting, and planning the last days. Probably more trekking north of Lima, at Huaraz.

This was the path around Salkantay…   beautiful and stunning landscape, but quite a tough walk….

The way to and around Salkantay.





Machu Picchu via Salkantay

20 05 2010

Just a quick note from the Internet cafe in Aguas Calientes – we hiked from Mollepata (80 km from Cusco) around the Salkantay Mountain to Machu Picchu – visited the legendary and really impressive Inka city yesterday. Today we start hiking back to Mollepata – 3 or 4 days…. photos when we are back in Cusco. Everything fine – also thanks to Mountain Lodges of Peru where we spent a wonderful first night.

Mountain Lodges of Peru - Soraypampa.





Peru – the prussian country of the potato

10 05 2010

Peru is the most amazing country we have travelled in so far. People are very very friendly and warm and  – it must come from the line of the Incas – are extremely well organized.  This shows in a prussian sort of punctuality and cleanliness which is almost too much. Even for us disciplined germans. The driver, supposed to pick you up between 3.00  and 3.30 am (yes, in the morning) rings the bell of the hostel at exactly 3.00 am. Two different chauffeurs of 4x4s, getting us to and back from the foot of 18.000 feet mountains were exactly on time – not one minute late even if they had to drive for 3 hours to arrive at the pick up point.

The big double storey busses, preferred means of transportation with own terrepuertos (groundports instead of airports) leave their bay punctual – 9.30 is 9.30, not one minute later.

When you have to use the Banos (bathrooms) at the bus station you pay 1 soles (25 Eurocent) and you get a  printed ticket as proof that you paid. Every piece of luggage gets a tag and you only can retrieve your bag when showing your tag with the identical number. It is more strict than being in an airport.

Even the taxi drivers in Arequipa where we stayed for ten days only try once to rip you – a little bit. A normal tour within the town costs 3 soles (= 1US $). If you ask for the price they tell you: 4 soles. You say “no” with a smile, they smile in mutual understanding and say “3 soles”. Deal done.

The other astounding aspect is the cuisine with a lot of varieties like ostrich, alpaca, guinnea pig (no, we didn’t taste that), all sorts of seafood and “cebiche” (or ceviche, the Peruvian way of sushi) and countless sorts of potatoes in all sizes and in colour variations from red over greenish-yellow to blueish.

There are dozens of differents kinds of potatoes in Peru.

We have this knowledge from a supermarket in Lima, but there is a better source:

Although the Spaniards could never have guessed it, potatoes were to be Peru’s greatest legacy to the world. They originated in Peru and grow there in a profusion of varieties and colours. It has been calculated that the world’s annual potato harvest is worth many times the value of all treasures and precious metals taken from the Inca empire by its conquerors.

The Conquest of the Incas, John Hemming, Pan Books

Writing this in a bus from Cruz del Sur rolling over the altiplano at 3800m altitude (12.500 ft) between Arequipa and Puno we are looking forward to visiting the lake Titicaca and the capital of the Inca empire – Cusco.





Lima in two days

25 04 2010

Aren’t we lucky? Meeting people while travelling is natural but with Victoria and Fernando who picked us up at Uspallata it is something special. Fernando lives in Lima and invited us to stay at his place when we arrived from Caracas, Whow. Two days of perfect private guiding through the city of Lima, dining at special places, seeing the nice spots – thanks again, Fernando for two great days.

Scallops galore at the Hawaian restaurant, Lima

Like all the major cities in Peru Lima has a Plaza des Armas with catholic churches and monasteries built by the Spanish conquerors – Lima even has a museum for the Spanish Inquisition – then the way to convince anybody that the catholic God is the only one….

Plaza de Armas Lima

Besides that Lima is the city with the most water fountains we have ever seen, there is even a special park for illuminated water plays. Lima is also sort of food capital of Peru with various restaurants and tons of seefod and an own mixture of Chinese and Peruvian – called Chifa – which is still quite Chinese.
Best was a buffet at the “Hawaian” where you could eat as much as you can with nice conchas (scallops), sushi; all kinds of fish and meat and typical peruvain postres (desserts) which are really really sweet.
The Miraflores district we stayed in is close to the sea where hundreds of surfers are trying to catch the wave – only the water temperature is not really comfortable. Definitely below 20 degrees C.

Waveriding beach at Miraflores Lima, Peru

By the way – they now call it Mira Torres (see the towers instead of see the flowers) because of all the high buildings – but we found it still has its charme especially the beach front with a long stretched park wehere you meet runners, bmxers, skaters and a capoeira group (again) practising.
Fernando helped us getting a bus to Arequipa because LAN had not accepted our booking/payment for flight from Lima to AQP – Oltursa got us in a night drive of 14 hrs to Arequipa, the white city of Peru, surrounded by volcanoes.

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