It has been a week since I left Peru and during this time I have been reflecting on my trip. It is surprising though how quickly your trip fades from your memory. This is why I put together the following list of highlights and lowlights of my trip. If you are planning on going to Peru, I hope that you experience at least a few of the highlights listed below.
The jagged peaks of Ollanta, the volcanoes of Arequipa, the snow capped peaks overlooking the Sacred Valley, and as below – the mountains surrounding Macchu Picchu.
I enjoyed learning about Juanita and seeing her at the Arequipa Museum. Juanita is the mummy discovered close to Arequipa. It was fascinating!
- Colca Canyon
This was a great trip! The scenery leading to Colca Canyon was incredible and the Canyon scenery even more so. The majestic Condors were a sight to remember.
I just loved this village in Colca. It was such an authentic Peruvian experience.
- Santa Catalina Monastery – Arequipa
Wandering through the different gardens, and viewing the wall paintings that had incredibly vibrant colors.
Loved Pisac! The Pisac Inn and hiking through the Pisac Ruins made my stay a memorable one.
- Looking up at the birds
I miss looking up at the sky and not seeing the large variety of majestic birds that I saw in Peru.
- Inti Raymi
The best part of staying in Cusco was watching the Inti Raymi festival; especially hiking to Sacsayhuamán to see the main part of the festival.
Okay, maybe more on the left, then the right!
- Stumbling upon festivals
It was wonderful walking along and suddenly coming across a festival or procession.
- Hiking in Ollanta
The hikes were amazing; hiking along the river and through the mountains. Best of all was passing the Andean locals on the way into town, in traditional dress.
- Counterfeit notes
Yep, I unknowingly received a 50 Soles counterfeit note from a vendor. Worst part was unknowingly passing it to a taxi driver and appearing as a dishonest tourist (when he handed it back to me).
One of these is the counterfeit note I unknowingly received. Which one is the fake?
- Flight to & back from Peru
One word, awful! It was long, and the airline “Air Chance” was not the best, to say the least.
- Tour groups
Sacred Valley has hordes of tourists traveling in large tour buses. This can take the magic away a little.
Sorry, we did not bond
- Killing a cow
Hitting a cow head on whilst on a train on the way to Aguas Calientes. Will not forget that one.
Peru was such a wonderful country and it gave me all that I was looking for in a travel experience. A country known for its culture, mountains, beautiful people and Macchu Picchu! A country that truly has to be on everyones bucket list.