After we determined to prepare ours journey to Peru we did it with out ideas and with out explicit expectations, we simply wished to isolate ourselves from what surrounded us. What we did not know, nonetheless, is that we’d be again with a wealth of feelings and the need to proceed exploring the world.
On this visitor put up this Wednesday our good friend Federica Marenghi tells us about her expertise in dealing with the tour of Peru between historical past and traditions.
Peru tour – two weeks within the Andean nation
This system included an itinerary stuffed with issues to see that will enable us in two weeks to see a number of the most stunning websites on the planet.
Peru what to see
We have been certain 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 airplane for Cuzco, start line to go to the Sacred Valley. The sensation you get as quickly as you get off the airplane is unusual, the air is completely different, however the truth is we’re in the course of a metropolis of 350,000 inhabitants at 3,400 m above sea stage.
Cuzco and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman
The airport is surrounded by a myriad of homes and huts that fill your entire valley that homes the town. Element that may be seen completely from the ruins of Sacsayhuaman that we go to the next day, an enormous archaeological web site on the hills above Cuzco.
This would be the first of many locations we’ll go to surrounded by thriller about its development. Three rows of partitions are made up of monumental boulders which might be even 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 at Ollantaytambo to go to the ruins above the village and in Pisaq, the place we come throughout a gaggle of fantastic youngsters who depart college.
Intrigued we go to the standard craft market. Right here the cease is a should to purchase some native merchandise. We come again with a colourful drawing on canvas. The village is residence to quite a few clay ovens. What we do not anticipate to see, nonetheless, is that we’re cooking guinea pigs !!
Machu Picchu one of many wonders of seeing as soon as in a lifetime
The Sacred valley can also be the start line 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 location is now invaded by hordes of vacationers, the primary glimpses already give goosebumps. Simply go up the steps to the left of the doorway and you’ll absolutely recognize the fantastic thing about this place forgotten for a very long time.
Touring to Puno between splendid panoramas and a little bit of altitude illness
At this level we embark on a journey of greater than 400 km within the course of the coach Puno. Throughout this journey we see a number of the most stunning panoramas on the planet. We climb above 4,000 m altitude and it’s right here that we start to really feel the primary signs of the “altitude illness”, Altitude illness.
Complications and shortness of breath accompany us to Puno, the place we properly advise us to drink the “mate de coca”, the standard Andean infusion made with coca leaves.
The town of Puno
Puno is a port metropolis situated instantly on the lake Titicaca, the very best navigable lake on the planet. This lake is residence to the floating islands inhabited by the Uros, constructed with reeds current within the lake and continuously maintained. It’s doable to go to them by taking the boats that depart the port each day. Lake Titicaca is for about half of its floor in Bolivian territory. The truth is, not distant is La Paz.
Touring to Arequipa and Nazca
From Puno we head in direction of Nazca passing by Arequipa. Right here begins a journey that we are going to hardly overlook, reaching passes at over 4,800 m above sea stage, admiring expanses of rocks and barren land, nearly lunar. Generally the railway crosses and the lengthy convoy of blue carriages, generally small teams of homes the place some folks produce bricks by cooking the earth subsequent to them.
Alongside the way in which we cease a few instances to admire the just about 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 blinding blue.
The Misti volcano
Arrived advert Arequipa “Il Misti” welcomes us the 5,800 m excessive volcano with its stunning snowy 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 from a neighborhood firm. This super however equally thrilling eight hour journey on steep slopes at uncontrolled speeds and dangerous overtaking takes us exhausted to Nazca.
The Nazca traces
Nazca it’s well-known for its traces. These geoglyphs are carved in an enormous desert space, and it’s doable to see their form solely by them from above. The scale and precision with which they have been created within the floor along with the aura of thriller that surrounds their development makes them extraordinarily fascinating. One of the simplest ways to admire them is by flying over them with a small airplane or climbing the Mirador the place you may see the frog, the tree and the lizard (whose tail was reduce by the Pan-American Carrettera …).
Sandboarding in Peru
Some of the thrilling unscheduled was visiting theHuacachina oasis. The dunes that encompass it, a number of hundred meters excessive, assist you to perform some really adrenaline-pumping actions! We tried sandboarding (the descent with a board on the dunes) and the reckless information of the Peruvians on the XXL dune buggy! Probably the most well-known dune is “La Grande Duna” and is taken into account the biggest on the planet!
The final cease on our tour is Paracas, precisely on the port, to go by boat to the Ballestas Islands. Throughout the journey we will 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 helpful !!).
Simply as we have been on the way in which again, a whale glints out of the water, nearly as if it wished to greet us earlier than leaving.