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Tucked away against the slopes of volcano Misti, you find Arequipa - the white city - all the way in the south dessert of Peru. The area is especially known for its mountainous adventures and retained culture, as many of the surrounding volcanoes have been used for ancient Inca rituals with many possible gems still to uncover.
A bus ride into the Andes is always a pleasant experience if you can hold off the motion sickness. There are so many amazing routes that lead into the mountains that you’ll wish you could see them all. However, the highway to Cajamarca not only has beautiful vistas, but also a rewarding endpoint, the city.
Everyone has heard about Machu Picchu, in the South of Peru, but most travellers neglect the North. That is very unfortunate, because it is home to a whole different culture, the Chachapoyas, with its own crown jewel – the fortress of Kuelap.
The backpacker is a backpacker not just for the culture of hostelling and backpacking, but also because he or she is likely on a tight budget. Hostels exist in the first place in order to accommodate the needs of the financially-strapped. Over the years the hostel has evolved into a fine-tuned machine that recognizes not only the need for affordability, but also the tendency for social interaction. It’s great, and that’s why you’re reading Pariwana’s blog: you love the place!