BC Roadtrip – Okanagan, BC

Continuing our roadtrip, we chose to stop (twice) in the Okanagan. Once on the way towards Canmore, and once on our way back. Although I have just started to discover the wine country on Vancouver Island, the Okanagan has a special place in our hearts and it’s always a great place to stop for local produce, wine and sunshine!

On our first day, we left Oliver in the morning and drove towards Vernon, stopping in some old favorite wineries but also discovering new ones. With my credit card, I get deals in a lot of wineries including a lot of free tastings… This makes winery choices easy for me to do! We enjoyed the sun and got some fresh food in local restaurants.

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BC roadtrip – Chilliwack and Manning Park, BC

Back in August, we decided to go on a 18 days roadtrip throughout BC and the Rockies. As we had to change our travel plans for the summer, we figured staying home and discovering our own backyard would be a great option. We literally looked at a map and put Xs in the areas where we had been before, and brainstorm on all the other places we heard about. I was lucky enough to manage booking a few nights in Assiniboine Park mid-August, and we decided to make our way slowly towards Canmore, AB over about 10 days from Victoria.

We left Vancouver Island on our first night and stopped in Chilliwack. We typically didn’t book our campsites ahead – with the camper it has become much easier to sleep and camp in random spots, so we decided to take our chances!

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

After 5 days in San Jose Del Cabo, we cabbed all the way to our new AirBnb, right in the center of Cabos. Be warned : Cabo San Lucas is like a little Hollywood in Mexico – and you will need your wallet, because the prices are really high!

We found this lovely little AirBnB just a few minutes walk away from the main boardwalks along the restaurants and the marina in Cabos. It was simple (similar to a small hotel room, which a kitchenette), we had access to a nice pool and it felt really safe to walk around our areas at any time.

We spent a lot of times in Cabos exploring, walking around, discovering each areas of the boardwalk around the marina, spending some times on the different beaches (we never went to the same beach twice in our entire trip! – in Cabos try Playa Embacadora and Playa Medano), eating (more tacos), and chilling by the pool before going out for dinner. The big parties happen in Cabos, and we really tried to stay up to go out a few times (we did), but we couldn’t really stay up past the midnight time for the real parties to start. We came here to really relax and enjoy the sun, so we enjoyed our good night sleep.

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San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

Back in December, we were excited and planning for a 3 weeks long road trip from BC all the way to California and Vegas with our camper mini-van. Unfortunately, Hugo hurt himself at work about 2 weeks before our trip, which made us change our entire plans within a week-end. We cancelled everything bought the cheapest flights we could find to anywhere (basically) for 10 days, where we could rest, walk a lot but not do anything too strenuous. We ended up in San Jose Del Cabo for 5 days, and Cabo San Lucas for 5 days.

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Lima Centro and Parque de la Reserva, Lima, Peru

After our trip to Huaraz, we came back to Lima for our last day before our flight back to Toronto. We were suppose to stay again one night in the same hostel that we used when we first arrived, but after all the bus and the cheap hostel rooms, we decided to treat ourselves to a somewhat better hotel for our last night.

We used this last day to go for a walking tour downtown Lima and visiting the San Francisco Monastery and its famous catacombs. Our tour was about 3hrs long and we had the chance to see the change of guard on the Plaza de Armas.

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Pastoruri Glacier, Huascaran National Park, Peru

For our last tour in Huaraz, we decided to head to the famous Pastoruri Glacier, South of the Huascaran National Park. Of all the tours we have done in and around Huaraz, this was the highest elevation (5200m) and it seemed logical to go last, as we had time by then to be adapted to the altitude from the other hikes.

After the not-so-great bus experience we had heading to Laguna 69, our host arranged to make sure that we had a smaller van for transport and got good seats. We were back in a smaller van with the game guide that took us to Laguna Paron, and we left early in the morning for the big day.

This was another full day trip.

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