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08 Jun 2017

Road Trip: From Lima to Cuzco

A few weeks ago, in company of the great Columbia and Intu Collective team, we embarked on a new road trip adventure from Lima to Cuzco. The idea was to stop at different points along the route and enjoy the road. So they planned some stops where we could see some of the different scenarios that Peru has to offer. The first destination was Paracas, so we met the first morning in Barranco and loaded the cars to start the […]

24 Apr 2017

“Huaicos” in Peru formed amazing waves

March 15 this year (2017) was a day that Punta Hermosa will never forget. In the morning, a fishing boat had run aground with hundreds of pounds of drugs, leaving many packages of marijuana afloat in the sea and on the shore. There was a lot of movement and chaos all morning in the neighborhood. Police in the streets, in the sea and even in helicopters making sure no one took anything. However, a lot of people found these packages […]

21 Feb 2017

Chilca: The Mysterious Surf Paradise

Some years ago I got to know one of the best waves for surfing along the peruvian coast. A beach that had been hidden for years, out of sight of the surfing crew; or at least, the secret of this wave had been very well kept. It was amazing to “discover” such a perfect wave just a few kilometers from Lima, the capital. There it was, a massive beach break with perfect barrels. One of those waves that are rare to find. […]

07 Feb 2017

A walk to Gocta Waterfall – Photo Gallery: Amazonas

The alarm sounds, I wake up, it’s still dark, it’s 5am. We have a good breakfast, store some fruits, eggs, plenty of water and we leave early to walk the nearly 6kms trek that leads to the skirts of the Gocta waterfall. We walk between trees, in zig-zag and with ascents and descents. I only think of how incredible it is to walk through this forest, between pure plants breathing fresh air and sweating in unusual amounts, listening to the […]

19 Sep 2016


When I started to walk towards the concentration camp, I started to think that the road I was walking was the same one some years before the prisoners of the Nazis had to walk. A path that probably was the last for thousands of them. Then I reached a wall where I could read fragments of texts written by prisoners that prickled my skin. 35,000 prisoners are drive on the “Death March” “Even in our worst nightmares we could not […]

09 Sep 2016

Marathon in Los Andes: Sierra Andina Marathon

The last week I got the opportunity to cover an event that has been the most demanding I´ve done so far. It was a marathon of 44km through the Santa Cruz trail, in the Huascaran National Park, located in the department of Ancash, in the central highlands of Peru, where you get to pass over 4,750 meters at the highest point of the trail. I camped one day before the race at 4,400 meters above sea level in one of […]

25 Aug 2016

INFORMAL MINING: River Madre de Dios

A month ago I visit Madre de Dios. I stayed in Los Amigos Biological Station that was four hours upstream Madre de Dios river, where it converges with Los Amigos river. While on the boat, I could see a huge number of informal/illegal mining camps. This mining causes pollution of rivers by using mercury to extract gold. In 2011, 97% of the gold extracted in Madre de Dios came from informal or illegal operations, and employed over 18,000 people, according to […]

27 Apr 2016

Lake Titicaca

Someone once told me that if I wanted to witness one of the greatest contrasts of nature and human habitat, I had to travel to Puno. A plane takes you in two hours from Lima to Juliaca, which also serves the city of Puno. Puno is an ancient and modern city on the banks of the highest navigable lake in the world, a few kilometers away from the  pre-incan cemetery of Sillustani, with its spectacular  chullpas. It is a chaotic city, cramped by  mototaxistas and combis,  where at all times you listen the out of tune orchestra of horns; but if […]