Tag Archives: Peru

The Strokes know when you drop your pace

On Sunday morning, the water in the Royal Albert Dock was calm and flat, and reflected the sky like a mirror. Sunday mornings in Docklands are unusually peaceful.  London City airport doesn’t begin operating until midday, and the only other … Continue reading

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By Any Means Necessary (the adventure dream)

For some time, in my head I’ve an idea for an adventure. It’s been there, in some dark corner, getting kicked about occasionally like a half-deflated football.  I’ve been wondering about a trek covering the entire length, top to bottom, … Continue reading

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New Adventure Needed!

“We were brought up on the Space Race, now they expect you to clean toiletsWhen you’ve seen how big the world is, how can you make do with this?” Pulp “Glory Days” With the Arctic Adventure truly over, and the … Continue reading

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Day 6: Winay Wayna-Machu Picchu

You think you know Machu Picchu. You have seen it in guidebooks, in things to do before you die lists, in Facebook photo albums of various friends. You’ve seen it in high-definition technicolour. How can seeing it in person not … Continue reading

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Day 5: Pacamayo – Winay Wayna

Our last full day’s hiking began shortly after 5.30am, on a cold Andean morning above the Pacamayo river.  Joe had slept the night through, and the cheerful porters were greeting us all with bowls of hot water for washing in, … Continue reading

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Day 4: The Inca Trail, Wayllabamba to Pacamayo

After a restless night disturbed by tentmate Joe’s frequent and noisy vomiting, we started the second proper day of walking with the knowledge that this would be perhaps the hardest thing many of us had ever done — and possibly … Continue reading

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Day 3 KM 82 – Wayllabamba

Day three started early, with an alarm call at 4.30am. My phone shows a text sent at 5.37 to the girl, just before we were leaving the hotel. I’d already been up for an hour, and it was another hour … Continue reading

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Day 2 — Sacsayhuamán

“Sunday, May 31 6.30am: Sunrise over the mountains, and I’d forgotten what an amazing sight that is. Today is an acclimatisation walk, we’re being taken up to about 3500m and then walking back. I admit here to being concerned about … Continue reading

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Day 1 — Cusco

After much delay (it’s been two weeks now since Machu Picchu), I begin a series of posts about the Inca Trail. As always, my travel writings go under the working title of “Stay out of circulation til the dogs get … Continue reading

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