ARRIVAL OF PERU
Arriving Peru 1st of July 2019. We are planning on staying here for the last month on our journey before heading home. Heading straight for the capital, Lima. This Country has so many natural and cultural treasures that have fascinated people for hundreds of years. There is an incredible amount of interesting history easily accessible to any traveler. What other reasons do you need to visit Peru?
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The main reason Peru was added to our list was that we needed one more place to visit on our way home. Being in the opposite place of the planet gives us the opportunity to travel the other way back home. After a lot of research, we both fell in love with this beautiful historical country, and we can’t wait to start exploring it.
Peru is a destination that begs to be explored. Ancient, colonial, and modern traditions melt together for an unforgettable cultural experience. In this vast and storied land, our plan is to discover them all. No matter the type of traveler, history buff, adventurer, or foodie, Peru offers a myriad of activities to satisfy every appetite. It’s no surprise that its ancient sites, beautiful topography, and diverse ecosystem attract visitors from all over the world. Including us.
More than ruins
Peru isn’t just about crumbling ruins and ancient Incas, however. The country is bisected by the vast Andes range, which runs throughout South America. With some of the highest peaks towering at over 5,000m, they offer deep gorges, volcano craters, and far-reaching mountain views. This makes it the perfect destination for trekkers and white water rafting enthusiasts. This suits us both perfectly as we like to hike and are no strangers to rafting. To the east of the Andes 2/3 of the country is covered in lush jungle, or rainforest, teeming with wild- and bird life. Although Tourism to this part of the country is still in its relatively early stages, partly due to accessibility, it is improving all the time. We might visit that part of Peru too.
Each country we go to there’s a thought behind what we want to share. Peru is known for very good hiking, and an exciting culture thus making this obvious key-points to write and make videos about. Machu Pichu is a given one, we want to hike up there and see for ourselves the magnificent ancient city. You can’t fly a drone at MP, but bringing camera equipment is no problem. We reckon it will take about a week since we are choosing a longer path up.
One of the most magnificent geologic features in the world is the Ausangate Mountain of the Peruvian Andes. The mountain is striped with colors ranging from turquoise to lavender to maroon and gold. Making picture-perfect environment for our postcards. This “painted mountain” is difficult to find and get to, requiring several days of hiking to reach its peak deep within the Andes by way of Cusco. Seriously, what better reward can you get after several days of hiking?
It’s said to be a very social people with a lot to tell, making us want to go around talking to people about whatever we find interesting.
For these goals, we have found a number of destinations and activities to do which we think pretty many sums up Peru. All from mountains and cities to the huge rainforest with everything in between
According to our Couchsurfing friend Yusef, getting around in Peru won’t be an issue. Local transportations like bus and taxi are very common among tourist, and probably more safe than some of the other places we are visiting. So there’s that!
This is going to be one for the bucket list. Hiking for five days and four nights in total, we are visiting Machu Pichu. There is a lot to say about these ancient ruins high up in the mountains, and a lot to see while up there. Since both of us like to hike, this trek is going to be the perfect activity to end our travel around the southern hemisphere. The personal dream of us would be to get some drone shots up there. A difficult task, but not impossible.
Cusco was the ancient capital of the Incan empire and is the focal point of many trips to Peru. The city is an intriguing mixture of Spanish colonialism and Quechan heritage. This is reflected in the architecture and art seen in the cathedral and museums. Both of us find the Inca empire intriguing, it’s going to be great seeing the ancient culture first hand.
The Sacred Valley
From Cusco, the must-see place to visit for us is the Sacred Valley, which many people do as a day trip. The landscape serves as a spectacular backdrop to the beautifully preserved Incan ruins and terraces at Pisac. The ruins give a very useful insight into the Incan history and their ancient ways of life. It seems like one day might be short from what we can read, so extending our stay here might be a good idea.
South East of Cusco is South America’s highest lake; Lake Titicaca. At 3,800m, the vast lake stretches 120 by 80 miles and forms the border with Bolivia. This is supposed to be a magnificent view, and the pictures don’t lie! It’s straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia in the Andes Mountains. Even more impressing is the fact that it is one of South America’s largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water. The most exciting part is that Lake Titicaca is said to be the birthplace of the Incas, of course then it’s home to numerous ruins.
Known as the white city, Arequipa is famed for its grand colonial buildings, constructed out of the local white volcanic rock. Arequipa is the second most industrialized and commercialized city in Peru. Its industrial activity includes manufactured goods and camelid wool products for export. The city has close trade ties with Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil. Its location is quite high in the terrain too. Its located at 2,328 meters of elevation above sea level. The lowest part of the city is at 2,041 meters (6,696 ft) above sea level in the area called Huayco Uchumayo. The highest is located at 2,810 meters (9,220 ft) above sea level. All of this means great hiking possibilities!
The landscape surrounding Arequipa is some of Peru’s most dramatic and wild. With extinct volcanoes, snow-capped mountains and deep mountain gorges and canyons. The most accessible of these is the dramatic Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world.
East of the Andes, 60% of Peru is covered in lush jungle or rainforest. Much of this remains off-limits to tourists, but the Manu and Tambopata reserves are open for visitors, with the latter more accessible. Brimming with wildlife and birds, the jungle is a nature-lovers paradise. As we can’t get enough of animals this would be a unique chance to see some of the rainforest fauna of South America.
Iquitos is the world’s largest city that cannot be reached by road. It is the capital of the vast Department of Loreto, one of the poorest region,
which covers most of the northern Amazon region of Peru.
For us travelers, Iquitos offers a selection of activities not found elsewhere in Peru, such as Amazon boat rides and great wildlife viewing.
About 30km outside Iquitos you find “The Monkey Island”
Monkey Island is a family run rescue center for New World Monkeys, located in the Peruvian Amazon. they rescue, rehabilitate and release monkeys that are victims of the pet trade and have been doing so since 1997. Here you can work as a volunteer, and we are definitely going to visit these naughty animals.
The Humantay Lake
The Humantay Lake is known as one of the best tourist attractions in Cusco.
It is located north of Cusco, just behind the legendary snow mountain Apu Salkantay, which rises to over 6,000 meters and is one of the most powerful mountain gods of the Incas.
It is about one day’s hike and was highly recommended by our Couchsurfing friend Yusef, and after seeing the pictures google shows you, we had to add this awesome Lagoon to our bucket list when we are in Peru.