For the past few weeks I’ve planned that my last major stop in Peru would be on a beach in Mancora, but something about that seemed too easy and relaxing; Peru is all about adventure so instead I headed for one last set of amazing ruins.

These are the ruins of Kuelap near a city called Chachapoyas in northern Peru, not far from the border with Ecuador. I also hiked to the Gocta Waterfalls, apparently one of the world’s highest.

Traveling Real story: the hike to the waterfalls is muddy so my guide suggested I rent boots. The boots looked inappropriate for hiking but I figured “when in Rome..” Well, in the beginning my feet were fine but as the hours passed I realized something wasn’t right- my feet were hurting like never before. And my guide, as friendly as she was, just didn’t understand my plight. She was telling me about her nonexistent love life in Peru and how amusing she finds it when Peruvian women are dating foreigners, and I’m trying to listen and converse all in Spanish, and meanwhile my feet are killing me. In short, a handful of my toenails are now a purplish bruised color so I will remember those waterfalls for quite sometime!

Kuelap

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