Peru

Writing about our seven days in Peru is exciting because the trip happened a few years ago and I LOVE to walk down memory lane when it comes to travel. What’s not to like about looking back at the person I was and comparing it the person I am now? It helps me to see who I am as a traveler, wife, woman, professional and as a human being. I think looking back can reveal how much one can change (hopefully for the better) and is the single most beneficial side effect of travel!

Lima, Peru was the starting point for our adventure. Our 6 hour flight from Miami put us in Peru’s capital city in the wee hours of the morning and boy, were we happy we picked a (great) hotel with a pick-up service! We slept until the sun came up and then were off to start exploring the city of Lima.

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Seeing the sights of Lima

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I didn’t fit in, even though I tried not to stand out …

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Artifacts in the Gold Museum

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He’s not our kid, but I just thought this too cute to miss!

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Changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace

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Sitting outside a gorgeous cathedral.

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Pisco Sours and Ceviche!

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Fresh, Flavorful and fabulous seafood in Lima!

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Chicha Morada – Made from purple corn

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Museo San Francisco y Catacombs

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Inside the cathedral

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Catacombs

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Catacombs

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Down by the ocean in Lima

Our next stop was Cusco (or Cuzco). Our one hour flight on Taca Airlines was smooth and comfortable – it even included breakfast! Upon deplaning we felt as if we stepped back in time. The juxtaposition between Lima’s modern building, vehicles and atmosphere and Cusco’s small town feel with it’s cobblestone streets and local merchants was blatantly obvious.

We followed advice and took a nap when arriving to our hotel, in order to allow our bodies to adjust to the altitude. After a cat nap and cup of coca tea we walked those cobble stone streets of the old, town.

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Our favorite restaurant in the city was Pachapapa.

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Oh! The things you see in other countries!

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The small cars barely fit through the passageways.

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Local housing and stores. A scarf made from baby alpaca is recommended 🙂

The Sacred Valley is a must-see. You can spend a few days wandering ancient ruins, local markets and marveling at all of the gorgeous vistas.

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How Cute and Colorful!

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Feeding the alpaca 🙂

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I love the colors of this picture!

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How delicious does this look!?

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Incredible views in the valley

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Enjoying the view

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The ruins of Pisac

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The ruins at Pisac

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The ruins at Ollantaytambo

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The ruins at Ollantaytambo

We departed Cusco via train (see caption below for train info) and headed to Machu Picchu Village or Aguas Calientes. The train ride was great and the views were even better.

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We recommend the VIstadome train with clear cabin ceilings so you can see every angle or every view!

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So much farm land here.

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Can you believe these views?

We reached the beloved Machu Picchu Village and strolled the quaint, secluded alleyways and squares with all of the other visitors.

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Our incredible hotel The Sumaq

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Exotic flowers

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The town center

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Machu Picchu Village

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The Urubamba River which flows through the city.

We woke up (really) early this next day for a full day on top of the mountain in the ruins! I’ll let the pictures and their captions speak for themselves!

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Sunrise on Machu Picchu

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We’ll be hiking Waynapicchu!!

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We went BIG!

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Stairs built by the Incas that helped lead up the mountain.

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We made it to the top! It’s breathtaking!

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Taking in all of the views.

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This place is remarkable at every angle!

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Can you imagine how long the Incas worked on building this city at the top of a mountain?

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Watch out! The guys are around every corner 🙂

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My favorite view!

Peru, as a whole, is very diverse. Lima is a modern-day city with internet, sky scrapers and high end fashion. Cusco is an older farming town, with some modern day luxuries. And then there is Machu Picchu – the ancient town at the top of a steep, treacherous mountain. The three distinct cities are all wonderfully different from one another and make Peru and truly unique destination.

It’s no wonder why thousands of people flock to this spot on the map. If you have more than seven days in Peru I recommend you spend time in following Peruvian destinations as well:

  1. Puno and Lake Titicaca
  2. Arequipa
  3. Iquitos

Peru was a part of our honeymoon, but we didn’t pay for most of the trip! That’s right! Want to know how? Check out our 3-part series on The Lost Art of Honeymooning

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR TRIP, OR CREATING YOUR OWN ADVENTURES IN PERU? Leave a comment or email me at wifewithbaggage@gmail.com, I’d love to help!

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