Peru Trip Wrap-Up

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I am back in the country after a two week adventure in Peru and things are finally calming down. It was a tiring trip with lots and lots of traveling via plane, train, bus, taxi and boat. That being said I saw some of the most beautiful countryside and landscapes I have ever seen. Peru Is a beautiful country and two weeks was not even enough to barely scratch the surface. We were able to visit Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and an area of the Amazon called Manu. It was my first time to South America, but I can be sure it won’t be my last.

Check out a bunch of photos from the trip

Tasty Market Soup

We first headed to Lima, the capital of Peru. I would say Lima is like the South American Saigon. The two cities are very similar in a lot of ways. We stayed in a more modern area of the city called Miraflores which was nice. One of the best meals we had here was at a dirty little street market we found. It was a lunch set three course meal for like two bucks. While the city is interesting, if you visit Peru I wouldn’t recommend staying in Lima for more than a few days. The smaller cities have more to see.

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From Lima we took a long 18 hour bus ride to one of the more famous cities in Peru called Cusco. This city is rich in culture and has some really cool stuff to offer. I really enjoyed our time here, we had a great hotel, some great food and saw some amazing things.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu was the next stop on our trip, and as expected it was the most amazing and my favorite part of the trip. If you ever get the chance go to Machu Picchu. It is unbelievable. In order to get to Machu Picchu there was a yet more travel to get to the city at the base of the mountains called Aguas Calientes (yes, hot waters, due to the natural hot springs in the town). Probably my biggest regret of this trip was deciding to go to the hot springs in Aquas Calientes. Let’s just say there were babies in cloth diapers submerged in this lovely hot cesspool of a hot spring. Not relaxing, and more lukewarm than hot. If you ever go to Machu Picchu, do not go to the hot springs.

The Jungle Lodge

Our last adventure was the Amazon Jungle. We drove one of the most insanely scary roads for eight hours to a very small town in the jungle Atalaya where we then took a boat to our lodge. Our trip to the jungle was short, and disappointingly we didn’t see any crocs or giant snakes, but it was really fun getting out into some of the very remote parts of Peru.

Here are some various panoramics (click on them to see large versions)

Amazon Pano

Machu Picchu Pano

Cusco Pano

Sacsayhuaman Pano

Check out a bunch of photos from the trip

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