Areqipa, Canion Colca, Cuzco and preparations to Machu Picchu

Areqipa, Canion Colca, Cuzco with kids

If you’re tired of my elaborates about travels or just would like to know what happened during the last days, here’s the post for you! Let me shortly list the last days of our travel:
– over a week ago we arrived to Arequipa. One of the highlights was the Monastery of Santa Catalina. Kacper asked a lot of questions about things he saw there, especially crossed Jesus. I tried to explain things to him with the help of little drawings. Here’s some of them.

Peru Arequipa religious questions insired by Arequipa monastery
Peru Arequipa religious questions insired by Arequipa monastery

Colca Canion

– next day we headed to the Colca Canion. Since the drive is quite long, we took the whole day for the Arequipa – Chivay route. We finished the day at Aguas Termales in Chacapi.

Peru Canion Colca - Aguas Termales de Chacapi

– next day we drove along the Colca Canion, stopping many times on the way. It was mostly for MIRADORES – viewpoints, however once we stopped to admire a condor flying over our head! They say you need luck to see a condor, so again I got confirmation that we’re a lucky family 🙂

Peru Canion Colca we spot a condor!
Peru Canion Colca we spot a condor!

Cuzco with kids

– Following on our route is Cuzco. We had to split the way there into two days. First day ended with a visit in Aguas Termales in Ayviri. What’s really interesting is that there was a hole in the middle of the pool of about 3 meters. From this hole hot water full of small bubbles of gas was coming.

– we arrived to Cuzco and landed in a lovely camping, which I can wholeheartedly recommend. Later that day a huge, yellow truck arrived – Unimog 2450L driven by a German couple Karina and Oli. Andrew and Kacper instantly fell in love with the truck (Kacper said that it’s because the truck has two shovels for digging)

Peru Cuzco camping with yellow unimog
Peru Cuzco camping with yellow unimog

– we stayed in Cuzco two more days. Next day all the people from the camping made a bonfire. My kids loved it! It’s quite a long time since we had a bonfire. There were freshly baked buns, sausages, meat, stuffed mushrooms.. yummy. All that in excellent company!

Peru Cuzco bonfire with overlanders from camping
Peru Cuzco bonfire with overlanders from camping

Karina

– one more day at the camping: Today Karina and I started the day with yoga! What a great feeling after such a long break. My kids were around so some positions were harder than others.

Peru Cuzco - yoga with Karina and kids around
Peru Cuzco – yoga with Karina and kids around

– next we headed to Machu Picchu. Instead of using a very expensive train (around 160usd) we drove to the nearest Santa Teresa, and then camped on a hidroelectrica basic camping. Next day we were supposed to walk 2-3 hours and then take a bus to Muchu Picchu. Not all went as planned, but you’ll read about it next time!

Peru - Aquas Termales de Santa Teresa
Peru – Aquas Termales de Santa Teresa
Peru Cuzco cochera Hidroelectrica
Peru Cuzco cochera Hidroelectrica