Hiking the Cordilleras – Huaraz and Huascaran National Park

The Cordillera Blanca is shy, she doesn’t let us see her easily. The white clouds envelop the snow-capped mountain range, and the top can only be seen in the rare clear, sunny days of the wet season. Vibrant capital of the department of Ancash, Huaraz is the must-do stop if Continue Reading

Huanchaco, Trujillo and the Festival de la Marinera

Welcome to Trujillo, the city of everlasting spring. 32ºC, it feels like the hottest of summers here. The bus from Naranjos arrived at 11 AM after making a stop in Chiclayo. My nostrils got impregnated with the smell of salt and fish: finally, the ocean. I was supposed to spend Continue Reading

San Martín: Moyobamba and Tarapoto

The department of San Martín welcomed me with muggy weather. There is a sudden change you can’t help but notice when traveling from sierra (the mountains) to selva (the jungle), and it’s not only the weather. As the temperatures get higher, trousers get tighter and shorter, and necklines get lower. The streets Continue Reading

Missing: Christmas Spirit

Here comes that time of the year when my Facebook home page starts to get filled with pictures of Christmas trees, red Santa hats, and the first snow. I see you’re all flying back home to spend the holidays with your families and loved ones, I see the events you’ll be attending Continue Reading