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.
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.
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.
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.
We reached the beloved Machu Picchu Village and strolled the quaint, secluded alleyways and squares with all of the other visitors.
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!
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:
- Puno and Lake Titicaca
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
- Part 1 – How to Decrease Your Wedding Budget, In Order to Increase your Honeymoon Budget
- Part 2 – Cheaper(er) Suggestions for an Unforgettable Honeymoon
- Part 3 – Honeymoon Registries and Other Money-Saving Ideas
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR TRIP, OR CREATING YOUR OWN ADVENTURES IN PERU? Leave a comment or email me at email@example.com, I’d love to help!