Peru in 2.5 Weeks

We went to Peru! And it was incredible.

We:

  • Ate delicious food.
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Ceviche # 1 of 27

Tacu Tacu

  • Drank many a pisco sour

Pisco

  • Backpacked among some amazing mountains in Colca Canyon

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  • Backpacked 4 days along the Inca Trail to MACHU PICCHU
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The almighty Machu Picchu
  • Rode dune buggies at 80 mph and sand boarded.

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  • Pet llamas. Bought llama-containing products.

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  • Spent the night at our Machu Picchu porter’s house in a tiny mountainous village

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  • Woke up more than 1/3 of the nights at 3 AM to roosters.

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  • 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.

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Paracas. Skip.

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.

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Dan sand boarding

Then we took an overnight bus to Arequipa.

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This was to be able to get to Colca Canyon, which ended up being my favorite part of the trip.

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Colca Canyon Map
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Starting in Cabanaconde

Our backpacking trip consisted of:

Cabanaconde –> Lluahar

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Tiny Llahuar

Lluahar –> Sangalle (changed plans from hiking to Tapay, which I kind of wish we had done instead).

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Sangalle

Sangalle –> Cabanaconde

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Cabanaconde backyards
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Access to American-sized portions again!

Then we bused it back to Arequipa and ate the most fun meal of the trip at Zig Zag.

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The next day consisted of an early 4:45 AM wake up for a 12 hour bus ride to Cusco. Hoorah.

Bus accidents
We saw many of these crosses grouped together on the roadsides. From our experiences in buses, we deduced that these were bus accident victims.

Then we drove to our Machu Picchu porter’s village to spend the day and night.

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We drank chicha from this.

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Then it was 4 days on the Inca Trail.

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Rainy + cloudy

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I’m impressed you made it this far, thanks for passively scrolling for so long.

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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:

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Totally worth it

Then is started to clear within an hour:

There are 2,000-3,000 people that visit Machu Picchu everyday

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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:

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This guy was feeding a swarm of pigeons. They were flapping all over him at one point and he seemed to like it.

 

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Guardian of our dwelling.

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“Save me” – donkey

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Donkeys in the dark :(

 

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Llama. So soft.

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Host family’s cache. There is no cake, guinea pig is a birthday treat around Cusco.

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Alpaca on ruins

I loved Peru in the short time we had there. Now my restlessness is already planning the next trip…

 

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