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Magical Mystery Tour of Tarma with Max Adventures

I cannot tell you how good it felt to have a proper night’s sleep in a clean, comfortable, and secure hostel after our rather challenging journey from Huaraz, and subsequent disastrous stay at one one of Lonely Planet’s recommendations, Hospedaje Central (yes I did contact Lonely Planet and ‘suggest’ they remove the listing from their […]

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My V Dub Bug Obsession: Beetles of Peru

The humble Volkswagen Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform, worldwide. Designed by Porsche in 1934 (although designs were not finalised until 1938) following Hitler’s demands for a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for the new road network of his country, the first Volkswagen Beetle left the factory on the […]

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The Long and Challenging Road to Tarma

Planning our onward journey from Huaraz was not an easy task.  Most tourists choose the well-trodden route back to Lima, and then make their way south from there.  However, knowing that we had our pre-booked Inca Trail trek not far ahead of us, we chose to stay at altitude (to save needing a few days […]

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Highlights of Huaraz and the Cordilleras

Throw the words “Huaraz” and “Cordilleras” at any backpacker who has travelled through Peru, and you’ll probably receive a string of tales in return about difficult but rewarding hikes amidst beautiful snow-capped mountain peaks, glaciers, pristine lakes, and bubbling geysers. You’ll hear about ice climbing, mountain biking, and river-running exploits, about stunning panoramas, challenging terrain, […]

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Laguna 69: My Harsh Introduction to Trekking at Altitude

We originally strolled into the offices of Quechuandes to enquire about the infamous 4-day Santa Cruz trek.  Having completed our ‘acclimatisation’ trek with Huascarán, and not really suffered any ill-effects (apart from a little breathlessness towards the top), we felt confident that we weren’t susceptible to altitude sickness, and therefore capable of enduring a few […]

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