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Feb 13, 2010 - Loco es el carnaval!

De Cuenca, on prend un bus en fin de journée pour Tumbes, ville frontalière côté péruvien. On y arrive à 2h du matin. Dès la sortie du bus, un chauffeur de moto-taxi-triporteur nous propose ses services. Installés depuis 5 minutes à l'arrière, avec les sacs sur les genoux, il nous dit qu'on attend une patrouille de police pour nous escorter jusqu'à l'hôtel (à 500m). Selon lui, le Pérou est très dangereux pour les gringos! Un peu effrayés par la situation, on se demande si on va pas se faire dépouiller par les flics! Notre chauffeur leur dit...

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Nov 25, 2009 - Peru: Cajamarca

We spent a few days in Cajamarca, the site of the first battle between Pizarro and the Spaniard and Atuhualpa and the Incas. 160 Spaniards, with swords and most of them on horseback, massacred 8,000 Incas in the better part of a day. We visted the general site of the battle on the Plaza de Armas, Atuhualpa's (the Inca ruler) ransom chamber, the Inca baths and Las Ventanillas (Pre-Inca funeral niches).

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Apr 29, 2008 - Peru

Here I sit, in an internet cafe in the dusty town of Pedro Ruiz, Peru- waiting for the next bus to Chachapoyas. In Vilcabamba, Helen left to travel north, and Charolette and I have made another friend (Mike from Britain) that is joining us in our journey south. Yesterday began at 6am waiting for the bus to Zumba along the barren road outside the hostal. The bus arrived about an hour late (damn! could´ve got another hour of sleep) so at that point we were just relieved it was running. The trip was 6 hours to the town of Zumba (close to the...

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Mar 29, 2008 - Cajamarca, where the last Inca Lord fell

Cajamarca is known best as the place where the last Inca Lord, Atahualpa, fell in the tragedy of 1532. Atahualpa was on his way to Cusco with his 80,000 soldiers to claim the Inca throne having just beaten his brother in a battle in Quito. He stopped at Cajamarca, and met Francisco Pizarro and his 168 soldiers who had just spent weeks marching from Piura. Atahualpa refused the 'requirement' to accept christianity and the Spanish king, so Pizarro and his conquistadors captured him in the Battle of Cajamarca, and massacred several thousand...

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Mar 28, 2008 - A spectacular (but death-defying!) journey to Celendín

We'd heard that the journey from Chachapoyas to Celendin was beautiful, so we couldn't resist it. We began to think twice, though, when we found out that the bus to Celendín leaves only three times a week, and at 2am!! But we were already in Chacha, so we grudgingly got up at half one(!) and made our way to the terminal. When the sun rose, ater 4 hours of driving through the darkness, we stopped for a while at one of many villages that seem to be lost in the mountains. We travelled for some hours along rivers, and the edges of mountains: it...

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Jan 21, 2008 - Cajamarca...Baños de Inca...Gringos need Agua

Hello friends! Greetings from Cajamarca! We made it up over the Andes from Mancora and into Cajamarca. This has been nice for our sunburnt bods. The weather is cooler down here, over the Andes, and has given us some relief. Jas and I are red tomatoes, and walking down the streets we get laughed at, but there is no stinging or burning whatsoever, at least for me. Here in Cajamarca, along with the giggles and occasional 'hola gringo' from small children, we have become targets of water ballooning kids from balconies, rooftops, and steet...

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Dec 4, 2007 - Cajamarca

Gisterenavond in Cajamarca aangekomen na een rit van 6 uur vanuit Chiclayo. Hoewel de afstand niet erg veel verschilde van deze tussen Piura en Chiclayo, toch meer dan dubbel zolang onder de baan geweest, de woestijn doorkruisen op lange rechte wegen gaat nu eenmaal stukken sneller dan op minder goeie wegen in de bergen omhoog klimmen. Op de weg eerst nog wat half woestijn gehad, maar toen we meer het binnenland opdraaiden en begonnen te klimmen werd het langzaam groener in de valleien doordat er riviertjes uit de bergen naar beneden...

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May 21, 2006 - Huaraz to Truillo

As expected overnight in Huaraz was a night of no sleep....our room being situated on the main road through town! What with the thundering lorries throughout the night together with the town strays barking all night and the cockerals starting at 4am...... So our later start to the day of 8am was of no benefit as we were up and raring to go...albeit somewhat grumpy ... at 5.30am !!! Today we were off to Truillo a mere 370km driving. BUT more importantly down to sea level. So we can stop puffing like old boilers , stop applying the lip seal...

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Apr 10, 2005 - "Lets not shit ourselves" OR "what AM I, Paris Hilton Now?!"

Well, we ended up spending over a month in Peru, and in the end, I didnt even want to leave. In fact, I considered dropping my entire future and moving there for the rest of my life....but Ill get to that. Let me back up. After Macchu Picchu we headed back to Cusco for one more night of fun. I was really sad on the train back from Aguas Calientes because I felt so emotionally drained from being somewhere so amazing for a whole day. Going out in Cusco made up for the being sad though, cause hanging out with the Irish kids was way fun, and I...

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Nov 4, 2004 - Cajamarca, Peru

Cajamarca's claim to fame is that it was where Pizarro captured Atahualpa, the last ruler of the Inca empire. It was the classic story where the empire was split between two self centered brothers and each wanted to be the only ruler. After a civil war which ended just a year before the Spanish showed up, Atahualpa came out the winner. At first the white, bearded Spaniards showed up at first they were thought to be the descendents of the sun god and they also got some help from the defeated side of the civil war. When Atahualpa went to meet...

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