The easiest way to sum up the trip to Peru is by pictures. A photo says as we all know more than a thousand words… So here goes:)
On The Pan-American Highway, volcanos in the horizon…
Stopping along the road to take pictures of cute vicuñas
Early morning to go see the great Condors, the worlds largest bird of prey.
The Condors started the day far down in a gorge and flew higher and higher as the air was heated up. It took at least an hour before we could see them this close but it was totally worth the wait!
Along the road, small charming churches everywhere.
And something for the tourists of course…
Never got tired of seeing the alpacas!
I was a bit jealous of these women who could hang out with alpacas all day…
On the beautiful Lake Titicata lays the famous Floating Islands..
Sweet girl on one of the floating islands:)
Lake Titicata is by volume the biggest in South America and lays on the border between Peru and Bolivia. Far away in the horizon is Bolivia…
Tokyo is a bit further away than Bolivia…
Hiking in the Andes is not too easy. The altitude stopped me at 5017 metres. I sat there waiting for the rest of the group to walk a bit further while looking around for mountain lions to come eat me..
No mountain lion in my sight but it still was a pretty great hike!
Arequipa ia a beautiful old city surrounded by volcanos. I think there´s gotta be more taxis than people there but that might be just a feeling I got…
The next time I go on a trip like this I´ll take notes all the time. When you travel around and have so many impressions every day it´s kinda hard to remember it all two and a half years later. But I hope you´ve enjoyed these posts about Peru! If you have any questions, just ask and I´ll try to bring up an answer. Or you can contact Sabra Tours (this is absolutely not a paid post, they just did a great job guiding us around). I´ll definitly visit South America again!:)
In february 2010 i got an sms from my mom saying something like «What do you say about going to the Amazon rainforest, see the Andes, Machu Picchu and the Titicaca Lake?» I was sooo excited and the time flew up until the day in July when the plane took off to the west coast of South America.
Visiting Machu Picchu was spectacular, I was fascinated by it all. From Picaq we took the Orient Express train along the beautiful Vilcanota river. What was even more beautiful than the river was the mountains on each side of the valley. Through the windows on the train roof we could see mountains as high as 6.000 metres above sea level. And another great thing about this train was the food. I´ve never before been served with napkins, knives and forks on a train.
The small city Machu Picchu Pueblo is situated between steep and green mountains and to get to the Inka city itself we had to take a bus up the sides of one mountain. It was a scary bus-ride early in the morning, but when we arrived at the gates of Machu Picchu, it was all forgotten.
When the Spaniers came to Peru in 1532 it led to the fall of the Inca empire. The Inca capital Cuzco was conquered and the Incas were driven up in the Andes mountains were they fought battles against the Spaniers. The rumors about the welth of the Incas made foreigners search Peru for treasures. Alot was found but Machu Picchu remained a secret. It was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham and is now on the UNESCO´s world heritage list.
I hope as many as possible get the chance to visit Machu Picchu, for me it was a memory for life.
After the visit in the jungle, we were off to Pisaq. Visiting Inca ruins on the way we learned a lot about the Inca culture. They ruled a large empire stretching from Ecuador to northern Chile that was at it´s height of it´s power during the 14th century. The Incas capital was Cuzco, a high-flying Andean city.
The cathedral, Plaza de Armas in Cuzco
We also visited a place were lamas seemed to enjoy themselves waiting to get their wool shaved off to be yarn.
What gives the wools it´s colour
Great colours for my new sweather
Carpet in the making
In Pisac we went hiking for a couple of hours from one Inca ruin to another. It´s really impressive how the Incas managed to match the huge stone-blocks on the millimeter and build villages up in the mountains.
Hiking near Pisaq
When we were approaching civilization after the hiking, this old woman was making juice for thirsty tourists. Smartest woman and business idea ever!
There were lots of funny stuff to spot at the marked in Pisaq.
Lady in the streets of Pisaq
I was fascinated by the corn… «But… where´s only one yellow in there! What´s up with all the two-coloured ones?»
The most beautiful blue colour I have ever seen on a house is on a house in Pisaq.
Next up: Machu Picchu!
The round trip in Peru started with a night in the capital Lima before we flew to the town Puerto Maldonado in the southern part of the worlds largest rainforest. From there a riverboat took us Eco Amazonía Lodge by the flood Madre de Dios where we spent a couple of nights. Waking up to the sounds of birds and insects was nicer than I expected.
Excited about the river and the jungle
The rainforest in Madre de Dios is know for it´s rich bird – and insect life. The first day day we spent in the jungle to look for birds, caymans (crocodilian reptile) and tarantulas. I didn´t see it for my self but my mom saw parts of a big fat snake too. We also went for a cayman safari in the middle of the night. The riverboat took us out on the flood and after turning of the motor we had to sit quiet for about 15 minutes. Looking at the stars when it was completely dark around made me feel pretty small. It´s one of my best memories from the trip. One afternoon was spent on a monkey island just a short drive by boat from the lodge. They seemed pretty used to tourists and had some subtle and some not so subtle methods for stealing cameras and water bottles. Their teeth are not for playing around with so I didn´t try to fight back when one of them had his eye on my bottle.
Sunset over the Amazon river after visiting the monkeys
The bungalows at the lodge
Colorful wake-up call
To be continued…
The first blog post comes with a photo from when I was in Peru in june 2010. It was an amazing trip that I have a lot of great memories from. I travelled with a group of 16 people including my family and friends together with a guide from Sabra Tours. We visitet the jungle, The Andes, deep valleys and inkaruinsof which Machu Piccu was the most impressive one.