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Adventure Machu Picchu / ACP2202

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | Marc Adamiak | North and South America

In the next 10 days, Peru with its attractions is waiting for us to be discovered.

We will ride the Panamericana, see the Nazca lines, visit Machu Picchu, Cuzco and the floating islands on lake Titicaca.

Before returning to Arequipa, the flight of the condor in Colca Canyon will take our breath and we already start to dream  of the next Tour.


In den nächsten 10 Tagen wartet Peru mit seinen Sehenswürdigkeiten darauf, von uns entdeckt zu werden.

 Wir werden auf der Panamericana fahren, die Linien von Nazca sehen, Machu Picchu, Cuzco und die schwimmenden Inseln auf dem Titicacasee besuchen.

 Vor der Rückkehr nach Arequipa wird uns der Flug des Kondors im Colca Canyon den Atem rauben und wir fangen bereits an, von der nächsten Tour zu träumen.

Arequipa, Peru - Arrival

Our hotel in Arequipa
Abstract "art"
Welcome dinner with Jacob, Marius and Oliver

Arequipa to Puerto Inca

On our first riding day, we will leave the "white city" of Arequipa. The ride along the beautiful coast is on the Panamericana to a very nice hotel in a little bay -  Puerto Inca


An unserem ersten Fahrtag verlassen wir die „weiße Stadt“ Arequipa.  Die Fahrt entlang der wunderschönen Küste führt auf der Panamericana zu einem sehr schönen Hotel in einer kleinen Bucht - Puerto Inca

Early start
Lunch break at the coast
Typical soup with seafood
A last stop before arrival at the hotel
Dinner is well deserved today

Puerto Inca to Nazca

Today, we will have a shorter ride, leave the coast and will see the Nazca lines.


Heute wird die Fahrt kürzer.

Wir verlassen die Küste und werden die Nazca-Linien sehen.

Puerto Inca in the morning
Archeological site, right behind the hotel
Quick visit in a "whale museum"
The Nazca lines
Nazca main street

Nazca to Chalhuanca

Leaving from almost sealevel, we quickly will gain altitude - crossing 4500 meters and more in the highest point. On our route,  we will see the world's highest sand dune and enjoy the curves while riding through the natural Habitat of the Vicuñas (of the Lama and Alpaca family). After an amazing day, our hotel in Chalhuanca then resides at about 2900 meters.

Wenn wir fast auf Meereshöhe aufbrechen, werden wir schnell an Höhe gewinnen und am höchsten Punkt 4500 Meter und mehr überwinden.  Auf unserer Route werden wir die höchste Sanddüne der Welt sehen und die Kurven genießen, während wir durch den natürlichen Lebensraum der Vicuñas (aus der Lama- und Alpaka-Familie) fahren.  Nach einem tollen Tag befindet sich unser Hotel in Chalhuanca dann auf etwa 2900 Metern.

These little stone towers are wishes for... good journey, water, health,...
Lunch time
Day of "the 1000 curves"
Landscape at 4600 m - we are in the Andes
Lamas and Alpacas
Is it cold?
Ashes from former volcano eruptions
View to the valley to Chalhuanca
It was a great day - arrived at our hotel for today

Chalhuanca to Ollantaytambo

Another great day is waiting for us - with amazing landscapes, curves and more. At the end, we will ride into the sacred valley and stay in Ollantaytambo. From there, we will start to see Machu Picchu tomorrow.

Ein weiterer toller Tag wartet auf uns – mit tollen Landschaften, Kurven und mehr.  Am Ende fahren wir in das heilige Tal und bleiben in Ollantaytambo.  Von dort aus werden wir morgen starten, um uns Machu Picchu anzusehen.

Waiting for breakfast
Coffee stop after Abancay, with a view
Found a nice place for lunch
A good beer after a great day
...and Cuy (guinea pig) - for those, who dare

Machu Picchu

Starting with a ride in a panorama train, we will then visit the famous Inka ruins of Machu Picchu. Wait for some more beautiful pictures....

Beginnend mit einer Fahrt im Panoramazug besuchen wir anschließend die berühmten Inka-Ruinen von Machu Picchu.  Weitere schöne Bilder folgen....

Early start at the hotel
Passing shops on the way to the train station
Train to Machu Picchu
Arrival at Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes)
After a 25 Minute shuttle ride up to the ruins
First, we have to walk some steep stairs to the highest point of today
The old main gate
Sun temple
Machu Picchu Mountain (the name of the ruins is actually unknown)
Holy stone with the shape of the mountain behind
Sacrificed Coca to Pacha Mama (mother earth)
Repairs with old techniques
Calender with water mirror
Water supply from the mountain
Our tour in the ruins - thanks for the photo, Marius!
Nice little bird
Show in the train back

Ollantaytambo to Cuzco

The ride today will be quite short. On the way to the old Inka capital Cuzco, we will visit a Salt mine, enjoy a nice lunch and see handcraft. In the afternoon, Cuzco wants to be discovered. 

Die Fahrt heute wird recht kurz sein.  Auf dem Weg in die alte Inka-Hauptstadt Cuzco besuchen wir eine Salzmine, genießen ein schönes Mittagessen und sehen Kunsthandwerk.  Am Nachmittag will Cuzco entdeckt werden.

A bit different hotel along the sacred vally
View down into the sacred valley at Urubamba
Maras salt mines
Lunch and...
...visit in a handcraft shop with demonstration
Toss a coin into...
...the frog's mouth
Guinea pig castle
After arrival in Cuzco, we go downtown
Getting some fresh fruit juices
Main square "Plaza de Armas" with Cathedral
Real Inca architecture
Stone with 12 angles - and all fits perfectly - and survived numerous eartquakes
Beer in an Irish pub
That's the healthy version!!!

Cuzco to Puno (at Lake Titicaca)

Lake Titicaca and the floating islands are our next destination. But first, we'll master a long but nevertheless interesting riding day towards the bolivian border, which is not far away.

Der Titicacasee und die schwimmenden Inseln sind unser nächstes Ziel.  Doch zunächst meistern wir einen langen, aber dennoch interessanten Fahrtag in Richtung der nicht weit entfernten bolivianischen Grenze.

Cuzco hotel
Leaving behind the crowded streets of Cuzco
4335 m is the highest elevation for today
Peruvian Altiplano (alti = high, plano = flat) between approx. 3000 and 5000 m.
Lunch along the road
Steamed lamb
What a contrast to the busy town of Juliaca, which we just crossed
A first view on Lake Titicaca
In our hotel, right at the lake shore on a small peninsula
Thank you Oliver, for this photo

Lake Titicaca - floating islands

Very early, we will take a boat ride and visit the floating islands on lake Titicaca. After that, winding roads take us to almost 5000 m and to Chivay at the Colca Canyon 

Sehr früh werden wir eine Bootsfahrt unternehmen und die schwimmenden Inseln auf dem Titicacasee besuchen.  Danach führen uns kurvenreiche Straßen auf fast 5000 m und nach Chivay am Colca Canyon

Breakfast with a fantastisc view
Starting our trip to the Uros floating islands right at the hotel
We get a real good explanation and overview of how the islands are built and how's peoples' life there
Bye-bye Uros

Puno to Chivay

Lama-, Alpaca- and Vicuña- territory
Tea with different herbs
Getting higher means, it is also getting colder
The 3 musketeers, touching the sky
Dinner time

Condors and Colca Canyon

Cruz del Condor
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Chivay to Arequipa

Following the great andean roads, the last riding day of this Tour takes us back to where we startet this wonderful journey: Arequipa

Den großartigen Andenstraßen folgend führt uns der letzte Fahrtag dieser Tour zurück zum Ausgangspunkt dieser wunderbaren Reise: Arequipa

Leaving Chivay
For a last time back in high altitude
Volcano eruption (steam)
The road leads through a caldera
Huge cement factory
Well arrived at the final hotel
Farewell dinner

Thank you very much for being such a great group - it was a pleasure, travelling with you. Looking forward to see you on the next tour with Edelweiss!

Vielen Dank, dass ihr so eine tolle Gruppe wart - es war ein Vergnügen, mit euch zu reisen.  Wir freuen uns schon auf eure nächste Tour mit Edelweiss!

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Chiara Van Doorn
Monday, June 20, 2022 at 09:10

Have a great tour!
Marc Adamiak
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 15:15

Hey Chiara, thanks a lot!
Chiara Van Doorn
Friday, June 24, 2022 at 09:06

Don´t forget to bring me a lama back
Marc Adamiak
Friday, June 24, 2022 at 14:32

I will try to squeeze one into my luggage
Chiara Van Doorn
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 09:57

Michaela Achatzi
Monday, June 20, 2022 at 06:47

Hello Marc
Nice to see you on tour !!
Have fun with the group
Best wish
Marc Adamiak
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 15:16

Hi Michaela, it is great indeed.
Thanks for your wishes
Michaela Achatzi
Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 16:45

Was für fantastische bunte Fotos
Ein Traum
Liebe Grüße
Marc Adamiak
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 05:06

In der Tat - und das Wetter hat auch super mitgespielt!
Michaela Achatzi
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 18:57

Das richtige Wetter , ja das ist toll


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