Last moments in South America and morning joy in Belgium

I spent one more night in Tupiza then took a bus to Villazón, where I would cross the border with Argentina. The lady sitting next to me in the minivan was travelling with two children. Or, to be more precise, two babies. One of them only a few weeks or a few months old and…

Transformer: from 4×4 to bus

Once everyone’s hunger had been satisfied, it was time to say goodbye. Eva, Michel, Claudius and Laura were continuing their trip from Uyuni towards the North of the country of Chile. I was the only one to go back to Tupiza to then make my way back to Argentina. Back in the 4×4 with Rubén,…

Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day

Going to Machu Picchu from Cusco was not as simple as I thought it would be. I knew there was a train going there. And I thought it was leaving directly from Cusco. That was the first mistake. But before I even got to realise that, I made the second one: not going to the…

Do you know what time it is? Bis repetita.

The same way as when I had left Montevideo and Buenos Aires and then came back, coming back to Lima after a few days away gave me the feeling of coming home. Edu already had plans for the day when I arrived, so I went for lunch on my own, near the central park of Miraflores….

Up and down in paradise

The second day would be the toughest one: walking 15 kilometres and going from 3750 meters to 4750 meters above sea level. If I was bound to die of asphyxia during this trekking, that would be the day. And, at some point, I really thought I would. If not by the lack of oxygen, then…

The joy of glamping

On the following day I was leaving for my first trekking of several days since I had started traveling. I had been walking a lot, had seen a lot of nature’s wonders, been on one-day excursions on foot or several-days excursions by car but an excursion of several days on foot, that was a first….

Before the Incas: Chavín

As I had needed to rush to Lima in order not to miss my boss, I had fallen short of time to go to Huaraz. But I had been told there were some wonderful excursions to do starting from that city, so I went back North for a few days, leaving some of my belongings…

A passage to Lima

From what foreigners who had been there told me, I had pictured Lima to myself as being a grey and unattractive city. But during the few days before getting there, Herbert, from an architect’s point of view and with a lot of enthusiasm, had put more colour into it and I have to say that,…

Replaced by the President

After more than five months’ travelling, I still couldn’t get used to it. Leaving places. And, most of all, people. How you feel in a given place has much to do with the person keeping you company. But traveling as I was doing it, each time I started to feel comfortable, I had to move…

No clue what I’m doing here. You?

I got some advice from Herbert for things to do around Cajamarca during the course of the following day. The idea was to go to Otuzco, then take a walk to Baños del Inca, go to the terms and, from there, take a bus to Polloc. I arrived in Otuzco without too much of a…

Beautiful landscape, horrible mood

Cumbe Mayo is one of the places one should visit when in Cajamarca. So that’s exactly what I did. It’s about 20 kilometres from the city centre, driving through small unpaved roads. It’s difficult to get there on your own if you don’t have a car but there are plenty of agencies offering tours, so…

Eating cute animals and modelling on the Plaza de Armas

My first day in Cajamarca was characterised by a visit to the thermal city of Baños del Inca which is, as the name indicates, the place where the Inca was enjoying the hot springs. I didn’t do it that day, reserving it for another trip to the place. In terms of discovery, I rather settled…