Mar 14, 2013

Peru Part 1, Cusco and Lima

So, I'm back. It's been a hectic couple of days of re-adjusting, catching up on work and getting in the groove of a new computer (brand new Macbook!) for me. But, now, the dust has settled and I'm having vacation daydreams all over the place. Really wish I was back in exploration mode. Here's a quick run-down of our trip:

Two Dreamy Days in Cusco


Cusco is a small city, but the closest big-ish place to the Machu Picchu site. We planned two days there before our hike to explore and get used to the altitude. (A note about the altitude: we pre-medicated for it with prescriptions, so I really didn't feel any serious sickness, but the medicine has the side-effect of being an extreme diuretic. That means pee alot. ALOT, alot. In a developing country, that's no picnic.) I loved, loved loved Cusco. It was crawling with culture, historical sites and just generally had the feel of a classic, old, European city. Here are just a fewfave shots:

The Plaza de Armas in downtown Cusco


One of around a trillion open air craft markets we perused.


This is how they buy meat there. Deterring, to say the least.


Oh ya know, just a casual street llama.

After two great days in Cusco, we headed off on our three-night and four-day hike to Machu Picchu. We'll get into that in the next installment of this little recap for dramatic effect. Use your imagination on this pieced-together timeline.

After the hike, we hopped a plane to Lima, Peru, where our flight was leaving back home. We had two-ish days there to see the sights.

Adventuring in Lima


Lima was really just a big city, which we'd all of course experienced before. We weren't aware that it's a GIANT metropolis of 10 million people Our first day there we really just had time to eat dinner. We opted for an expensive fancy meal after our trek, and it was like pure ambrosia. We walked ALOT in lima and explored the streets, some ruins and the old city center. Some photos from along the way:

Our hotel was in the Miraflores district, right by the beach. That white abyss out there is the Pacific Ocean. It was so weirdly foggy you could have just fallen right into it.


These are random ruins smack dab in the middle of the city. Huaca Pucllana is over 1,500 years old and still and actively excavated site. Until relatively recently, locals used it for motorcross. WTF? It was interesting. I got sunburnt as complete hell.


A Lima-an specialty is fresh ceviche. We ate it and it was fabulous.  Drinks necessary. Also, I'm burnt, so so burnt. (Sorry, mom, you did teach me better that, but the damn nearby equator had me all off game.)


Old center of Lima. That's their Governor's (President's) house. Up close they had these guards with swords that did a very Buckingham-esque changing of the guards ceremony. They were also dudes with machine guns all around it. Scary.


Old center of Lima at night. The crowds are fathered for Worldwide Women's Day (thanks for that by the way). Though it was beautiful at night, we had to get out of there to avoid the scary other-country kidnappers that felt like they were lurking around.


Thats really all for now, our experience in the towns of Peru was lovely. There was lots of airporting and transit involved, but I thoroughly enjoyed the sights and shopping in both places. I bought so much llama/Alpaca crap its just silly. Let's just say I own a scrunchie for the first time in 15 years. I might have gone a little nuts.

... more -- the details of the ridiculousness that is a four-day hike -- coming soon. XO

6 comments:

  1. Wow! This looks like an amazing time (even with a sunburn)! Can't wait to hear more about the trip!! Hope you're adjusting alright :)

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  2. Ahh so awesome! Can't wait to read more. It's ok about the llama and alpaca crap though. I may or may not have an alpaca pillow case cover. And a teddy bear.

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  3. Looks like you had a great time! Can't wait to see more pics!

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  4. Yowza! Looks like you had quite the trip! My husband spent about 8 hours in the Lima airport on our way back home from Buenos Aires, Argentina. We saw so many people there that looked like they had just hiked Machu Pichu (and I wish I had been one of them!). Cusco looks amazing...although I think if I had to buy chicken that way I would be a vegetarian. Stat. Looking forward to seeing your Machu Pichu pics!

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  5. I didn't know you could pre-medicate for altitude sickness! That would have been great to know when I went to Park City! These are amazing pictures! I'm so jealous!

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