Category Archives: Peru

Floodings, draughts and the melting of the ice caps; some think that climate change is a problem only facing our generation, but it is actually thought to have affected ancient civilizations as well (albeit for different reasons). On my recent visit to Trujillo I was surprised to find out how climate change may have even wiped Read More →

I don`t think I have ever felt so much pain in my life. Every step I took up the steep incline in the dark was like torture and I knew that it would be a very long morning before I would be relieved and finally reach the summit. The Colca Canyon trek in Peru was Read More →

It usually takes me a little time to fall in love with a city. Over the years I have visited Berlin numerous times and after a while I really started to enjoy its rebelliousness, the street art and liberalism. I also liked Phnom Penh when I first got there, but it was only after living there for a Read More →

Semana Santa, the holy Easter week, is one of the most important festivities for Catholic Peruvians. They take Easter very seriously and in Arequipa there was an endless supply of processions and other Easter related events in the run-up to the big day. For me though it wasn’t these events which made Easter so special – although they were all Read More →

Watching some 15,000 musicians and 50,000 indigenous dancers performing around 200 different native dances was definitely a show not to be missed while we were in Puno, Peru. The Fiesta de la Candelaria is a festival held in honour of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of Puno. It is the most important festival in Peru and one of Read More →

After our half-day tour to the Uros Islands, we went back onto our (relative) speed boat to head to the beautiful Taquile Island. Unlike the Uros Islands, Taquile island is a natural island on lake Titicaca and has about 2,200 inhabitants in total. Once on the island we did a 30 minute hike to the island’s highest point of Read More →

At 3,812m, lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake, covering almost 8,400 square kilometres. The lake is home to the floating Uros Islands, 42 stunning man-made islands made completely out of reeds. The Uros people, who existed in this part of South America well before the Incas, initially built the islands as a defence mechanism so when a threat arose Read More →

The Nazca lines are some 800 lines, 300 geometrical figures, and 70 animal figures carved into the Atacama desert like ancient graffiti. They are spread over 500sq km and still to this day, no one really knows why they exist. Because they are so big their pattern is not really distinguishable from the ground, so they were Read More →