Once we determined to prepare ours journey to Peru we did it with out ideas and with out specific expectations, we simply wished to isolate ourselves from what was round us. What we didn’t know, nonetheless, is that we’d return with a wealth of feelings and with the need to proceed exploring the world.
On this Wednesday’s visitor put up our pal Federica Marenghi tells us about her expertise in tackling the tour of Peru between historical past and traditions.
Peru tour – two weeks within the Andean nation
This system included an itinerary filled with issues to see that might permit us in two weeks to see among the most lovely websites on the earth.
Peru what to see
We had been positive of it, however the issues to see in Peru are actually many and unbelievable. After two days spent in File, the capital, we take a aircraft to Cuzco, start line for visiting the Sacred Valley. The feeling you get as quickly as you get off the aircraft is unusual, the air is totally different, however in reality we’re in the midst of a metropolis of 350,000 inhabitants at 3,400 m above sea stage.
Cuzco and the ruins of Sacsayhuamán
The airport is surrounded by a myriad of homes and huts that fill the complete valley that hosts the town. Element that’s completely noticeable from the ruins of Sacsayhuamán which we go to the next day, an enormous archaeological web site within the hills above Cuzco.
This would be the first of many locations we are going to go to surrounded by thriller about its building. Three rows of partitions are made up of giant boulders as much as 5 meters excessive and completely positioned.
The sacred valley of the Incas and the village of Pisaq
We then depart for the Sacred Valley of the Rio Urubamba. Cease advert Ollantaytambo to go to the ruins overlooking the village and to Pisaq, the place we run into a bunch of great kids popping out of faculty.
Intrigued we go to the standard artisan market. Right here the cease is a should to purchase some native merchandise. We’re again with a colourful drawing on canvas. The village is residence to a number of clay ovens. What we do not anticipate to see, although, is that guinea pigs are cooking us !!
Machu Picchu one of many wonders to see as soon as in a lifetime
The Sacred Valley can also be the place to begin to get to Machu Picchu (in Quechua language it means “previous mountain”). We attain Aguas Calientes with the panoramic prepare and from there we take a bus that takes us to the doorway of the well-known misplaced metropolis of the Incas.
Though the positioning is now invaded by hordes of vacationers, already the primary glimpses give goosebumps. Simply go up the steps to the left of the doorway and you may totally respect the fantastic thing about this place forgotten for a very long time.
Touring to Puno amidst splendid views and slightly altitude illness
At this level we take a journey of over 400 km within the path Puno. Throughout this journey we see among the most lovely views on the earth. We climb over 4,000 m of altitude and it’s right here that we start to really feel the primary signs of “soroche”, Altitude illness.
Headache and shortness of breath accompany us to Puno, the place they correctly advise us to drink “mate de coca”, the standard Andean infusion made with coca leaves.
The town of Puno
Puno is a port metropolis positioned straight on the Titicaca lake, the best navigable lake on the earth. This lake is residence to the floating islands inhabited by the Uros, constructed with reeds current within the lake and always maintained. It’s attainable to go to them by taking the boats that depart from the port day-after-day. Lake Titicaca is about half of its floor in Bolivian territory. A brief distance away, in reality, is La Paz.
Touring to Arequipa and Nazca
From Puno we head in the direction of Nazca passing via Arequipa. Right here begins a journey that we are going to hardly neglect, reaching passes at over 4,800 m of altitude, admiring expanses of rocks and barren, virtually lunar earth. Generally you cross the railway and the lengthy prepare of blue carriages, typically small teams of homes the place some folks produce bricks by baking the earth subsequent to them.
Alongside the best way we cease a few instances to admire the virtually surreal panorama: On the Mirador Alto Lagunillas within the District of Santa Lucia we discover llamas and alpacas on this lagoon the place the sky is a blinding blue.
The Misti volcano
Arrived at Arequipa “il Misti” welcomes us, the 5,800 m excessive volcano with its lovely snow-capped peak. The town is an actual gem and a go to to the colourful Santa Catalina Monastery is an instance.
The next day we take a bus of an area firm. This great, but equally thrilling 8-hour journey on steep slopes at uncontrolled speeds and dangerous overtaking takes us exhausted to Nazca.
The Nazca Strains
Nazca is known for its Strains. These geoglyphs are carved in an enormous desert space, and it’s attainable to see their form solely by taking a look at them from above. The dimensions and precision with which they had been created within the floor along with the aura of thriller surrounding their building makes them extraordinarily fascinating. One of the best ways to admire them is by flying over them with a small aircraft or by getting on the Mirador the place it’s attainable to see the frog, the tree and the lizard (whose tail was lower off by the Carrettera Panamericana…).
Sandboarding in Peru
One of the thrilling off-programs was visiting theoasis of Huacachina. The dunes that encompass it, a number of hundred meters excessive, permit you to perform some actually adrenaline-pumping actions! We tried sandboarding (the descent with a board on the dunes) and the reckless driving of the Peruvians on the XXL dune buggies! Probably the most well-known dune is “La Grande Duna” and is taken into account the biggest on the earth!
The final cease on our tour is Paracas, precisely on the port, to go away by boat to the Ballestas Islands. Throughout the journey we are able to admire the “candelabrum”, one other mysterious geoglyph carved on a hill whose precise origins are nonetheless unknown.
The islands are inhabited by penguins, sea lions and lots of, many birds! (Bringing a hat is extremely really useful !!).
Simply as we had been on our manner again a whale darted out of the water, virtually as if it wished to say goodbye earlier than departure.