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Jun 30, 2009 - Return to Lima

From the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru ... We didn't have to get up until 7:00am today, but I think now we're just in the habit of waking up very early. So we got up around 6:00am and went downstairs to have breakfast in the hotel cafe. The breakfast is very different here, and I can't say I'm crazy about it, but it's not bad. For instance, they serve cold cereal with yogurt ... at least that's what it looks like to me only a little thinner. After breakfast, Charlie and I decided to go back to the market where I purchased some things...

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On the Road Again

Oct 23, 2008 - Chachapoyas (Kuelap)

So we finally made it to Chachapoyas and had a whole one day set aside to get to the pre-inca ruins of Kuelap (I hope you all realise that generally my spelling is not even close to correct for any of these places). We are so glad we made the slow dusty journey out here cause the ruins were amazing. We head off on tour with our new dutch friends and discovered some beautiful ruins high up on a hillside (god knows why they don´t build any of these places in valleys that are easy to get to). The ruins were old enough that there were trees and...

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May 1, 2008 - Chachapoyas and Kuelap

Pedro Ruiz to Chachapoyas...... After waiting for 3 1/2 hours in Pedro Ruiz, we took the taxi to the blockade to wait in a line of about 20 cars and big trucks. The road is only open between 4-6am and 7-9pm each day because it is primarily a one-way road and has much construction. Anyhow, we waited for about 2 more hours at the barracade and then sat in the taxi, anxiously awaiting the opening. What happened next was similar to something I had seen in a movie, it was complete madness. The barricade opened, horns began blarring, lights...

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Mar 25, 2008 - Chachapoyas and the Pre-Inca fortress of Kuelap

We arrived in Chachapoyas at 5am, but even at that hour, when we found a hostel there was a tour guide at the door telling us all about a tour leaving later that morning! In the end, we decided to get some sleep(!) and go on the tour to Kuelap the next day instead. Kuelap is described as 'the Machu Picchu of Northern Peru' because of its size and impressiveness; but unlike Macu Pichu it doesn't yet have crowds - we had it pretty much to ourselves! It's a fortress, approx 600m long and 110m wide, perched high on a ridge (at 3000m above sea...

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Jun 21, 2006 - Chachapoyas, Kuelap & Gocha falls

Kuelab & Gacha falls. De sidste par dage har vi brugt til dagsture her i omraadet, dels til ruinen Kuelab og dels til verdens treidje hoejeste vandfald, Gocha. Turen til Kuelab var selvfoelgelig ogsaa paa grusvej og vaerede 3 timer hver vej, det er ikke gode ture for upolstrede bagdele. Ellers var det rigtig godt. Kuelab er en ruin by fra foer inca tiden og opdaget i nyere tid. Lige nu arbejder der et stort hold mennesker paa restaurere den. Den er ikke besoegt af ret mange turister, for der kommer virkelig ikke ret mange her i denne del af...

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May 11, 2006 - Chachapoyas

Hoy llegue a Chachapoyas despues de un viaje en bus (CIVA!) por DOCE horas oliendo a burro y llama en un bus que se caia a pedazos. Felizmente llegamos bien, a las 6am, sin haber dormido nada. Al toque tuve que ir al hostal y despues partir a Kuelap, una fortaleza de los chachapoyas en la cima de una montaña a 3000 msnm, que queda a 3 horas en combi en un camino patetico, en el medio de la nada. Fui con un grupo de europeos muy aventureros, un par se habian venido desde Brasil por todo el rio Amazonas! Kuelap es bonito, especialmente por...

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Nov 21, 2005 - Chachapoyas

And so through rice paddies, palm trees and a stunning canyon to Chachapoyas, with a little unscheduled walking due to a five kilometre road blockade over the closure of the local education office and shifting of 5 jobs. Unsurprisingly a French friend stopped to show his solidarity by joining them for lunch. We came here to explore Kuelap, the pre-Inca capital of the Chachapoyas region, set high on a remote ridge and surrounded by massive, largely intact defensive walls. Chachapoyans were physically very different from the small statured...

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Sep 18, 2005 - Chachapoyas et les ruines de Kuelap / Chachapoyas und die Ruinen von Kuelap

Arrivés samedi à 5h00 à Chachapoyas. Après s'être un peu reposés à l'hotel, on a passé le reste de la journée à organiser notre visite des ruines de Kuelap pour le lendemain. On a aussi eu le temps de faire une petite balade à Huancas (à 2h de marche de Chachapoyas) pour voir le canyon del Sonche, ça nous a occupé! Dimanche, levés à 3h15 car on devait prendre le minibus à 4h00! Dur dur! En plus il se trouve que le minibus était complet, et le prochain étant prévu à 5h00, on s'est débrouillés et on a en fait pris un taxi pour pas cher!...

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Emilie & Ben

Aug 30, 2005 - Chachapoyas... dans les montagnes aux pays des civilisations pre incas : le site de Kuelap

C'est après avoir voyager de nuit que j'arrive à 4h30 du mat soit 2 heures plutôt que prevu... c'est suffisamment rare pour le signaler .... ordinairement c'est plutôt le retard qui caractérise les transports du Pérou. Je passe la journée, tranquille à déambuler dans la ville et prendre des photos. J'ai eu un coup de coeur pour cette ville au coeur de la cordillère des andes. Quelle douceur de vivre, quelle tranquilité, quelle gentillesse, quel accueil ! Sa place de Armas... j'ai l'impression que toutes les places portent le meme nom dans...

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Lenalatina 2005

Aug 18, 2005 - Kuelap, Chachapoyas

The bus to Chachapoyas was ok, but long, we had to change at a small town called Pedro Ruiz. We got to Chachapoyas at about 6pm. Chachapoyas was a pleasant town with a nice plaza with nice buildings around it. We stayed in the cheapest hostel we could find which was very basic but ok. We booked tours for the next day - Karin was going to do a 3 day tour but I didn't have the time so I just booked to do the one day to Kuelap - the huge ruins a few hours away. We were both very sad because we new we would have to go our separate ways but then...

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Gemma's RTW trip

Dec 11, 2004 - Chachapoyas to Jaen

The morning starts off well, as the tout who sold me yestaerday's tour turns up wanting to be paid. We have an interesting discussion where he explains how it's everyone's fault except his own and I explain how I'm not going to pay him the full price. I actually had a great time, but I stick at the lie about the guide service and how he expected us to pay the poor bloody guide at Kuelap a measly 10 sols. So I deduct what I paid the guide and give him the rest. From here it's due north to where I want to be in Ecuador, but it's going to be...

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Ruth on the road

Dec 9, 2004 - Chachapoyas and Kuelap

Arrived in Chachapoyas at 5am- amazingly, the bus was early. It would be of course, when it means I arrive in the dark, something I try to avoid. Still there's a tourist tout, who proposes walking me the hundred yards to one of the hotels I was interested in anyway and coming back to collect me for a tour to Keulap at 0830. Keulap, which the call the Machu Picchu of the north, is pretty remote and the only bus I know of that goes there leaves at 0430- tomorrow. So it seems like this will save me a lot of time and hassle. I check into the...

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Ruth on the road

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