We went to Peru! And it was incredible.
- Ate delicious food.
- Drank many a pisco sour
- Backpacked among some amazing mountains in Colca Canyon
- Backpacked 4 days along the Inca Trail to MACHU PICCHU
- Rode dune buggies at 80 mph and sand boarded.
- Pet llamas. Bought llama-containing products.
- Spent the night at our Machu Picchu porter’s house in a tiny mountainous village
- Woke up more than 1/3 of the nights at 3 AM to roosters.
- Watched our lives flash before our eyes on several modes of transportation. We had 70 hours in said transportation so there were ample opportunities for bus drivers to pass on blind corners on mountain roads. No wonder we saw so many groupings of 20+ crosses..
Below is a summary of our 2.5 week southern tour of the country.
We took an overnight flight to Lima and set up Peruvian Shuttle to take us to the Miraflores district. It ended up being cheaper and quicker than the shuttle our friends hailed (who we met a day later in Lima).
We spent that day (and the day before we left to go home) walking around Lima. Aside from the delicious food, I would agree with the reviewers that said you could skip Lima altogether.
The next day we boarded our scheduled Peru Hop bus to visit Paracas.
I would skip this stop if you don’t want to tour the “poor man’s Galapagos”, which we didn’t. We did see the Paracas National Reserve:
We arrived in Huacachina, a small desert oasis.
There we took a 2 hour dune buggy tour to go sand boarding which ended up being the most thrilling part of the trip. We climbed in some guy’s dune buggy (no instructions, no waivers, no checking to see if we buckled in – not in ‘Murica anymore) and he floored in up and down steep sand dunes.
Then we took an overnight bus to Arequipa.
This was to be able to get to Colca Canyon, which ended up being my favorite part of the trip.
Our backpacking trip consisted of:
Cabanaconde –> Lluahar
Lluahar –> Sangalle (changed plans from hiking to Tapay, which I kind of wish we had done instead).
Sangalle –> Cabanaconde
Then we bused it back to Arequipa and ate the most fun meal of the trip at Zig Zag.
The next day consisted of an early 4:45 AM wake up for a 12 hour bus ride to Cusco. Hoorah.
Then we drove to our Machu Picchu porter’s village to spend the day and night.
Then it was 4 days on the Inca Trail.
I’m impressed you made it this far, thanks for passively scrolling for so long.
You can’t backpack the Inca Trail without a guide. Wayki Treks was awesome, and provided way too much delicious food (poor us):
On the fourth day we made it to the Sun Gate and saw this:
Then is started to clear within an hour:
There are 2,000-3,000 people that visit Machu Picchu everyday
We climbed Huayna Picchu, which was very fun
A day in Cusco, then a laughable 1.5 flight back to Lima (laughable because it was about $10 more than a 30 hour bus ride. The thought of being on another bus, let alone a 30 hour one…).
Then 3 flights to get back home!
And now the real reason you made it this far, here is an assortment of animal pictures:
“Save me” – donkey
Host family’s cache. There is no cake, guinea pig is a birthday treat around Cusco.
I loved Peru in the short time we had there. Now my restlessness is already planning the next trip…