Nestled in the Peruvian hills of the Cuzco Region; Aguas Calientes is the gateway for thousands of people to explore the famous ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Situated at an elevation of 2,040 m and on the Urubamba River the town is surrounded by lush forests and steep valley sides. Quite simply it was one of the most picturesque places I have ever been and quite possibly my favourite little town of Peru. Continue reading Aguas Calientes
Colca Canyon slices through the High Andes for more than 100km. It is shade shallower than nearby Cotahuasi Canyon at 3,400m at its deepest. This makes it almost twice as deep as the more famed Grand Canyon in the USA. This is what I spent three days trekking through. Needless to say it was pretty darn epic. Continue reading Colca Canyon
The West Lake is a wonderful place to get lost in some dramatic hill drenched scenery while the willows rustle in the wind around you. Oh and no doubt you’ll be able to hear traditional Chinese music drifting across the water from somewhere. The time of year that I went meant that the trees were awash with flaming reds, burnt oranges and every shade of yellow in-between, interspersed with greens here and there. Explore towering pines, fields of ferns, bushes and other shrubbery, meander through bamboo and wander through forests of maple type trees bursting with colour. See if you can locate the stones that create a path along a stream and the statues of children playing in the water, locate the zig-zagging bridge that takes you out onto the lake itself, the statues commemorating brave warriors and see if you can find the lover’s seating area hidden on a hill. There’s plenty to try and find!