Has there ever been a place you've longed to go? A trip you've put on your "bucket list" and just know one day you'll visit? For me, that list is long, and the places at the top of the list are constantly being shuffled, but without a doubt, Peru has remained in the top 3.
This past February, I finally bit the bullet after my best friend Michael told me he would be going to South America on holiday alone. "Would you like company in Peru?" I asked. "Of course!" He said. So, the credit cards came out, the planning commenced, and this Friday morning Michael and I will be leaving for Peru together!
It's immediately adjacent the Pacific Ocean, and has some stunning views. We'll also see Huaca Pucilana, an ancient ruin in the inner-city.
A small downtown tour of the city center, and then Plaza Mayor, Cathedral of Lima, and the Convent of Santo Domingo.
The Larco Museum is on our list in Lima, before we head off to enjoy some Pisco sours. Then we'll end the first day there at the Magic Water Circuit at Aguas Frescas.
Then we are off to Cusco.
In Cusco, more group tours (we figured this was the best way to go about seeing Peru) and then a train to Machu Picchu.
The train ride is a little more than 3-hours, through dense mountains and rain forest. But, it's in this car with a glass roof and sides which should make it a bit more pleasurable.
We'll stay in Auguas Calientes where they have natural hot spring pools for lounging. I'm still anxious about this part. They're not particularly hygienic, but it's billed as being therapeutic and restorative. We'll see how adventurous I become.
One thing I'm definitely looking forward to is visiting the Alpaca, and purchasing a few Alpaca blankets for the "new" place. Look at how cute these little guys are! If you've ever been to Peru, please leave comments below! I'd love to read about things you did - particularly in Cusco, Lima, and Machu Picchu!
Can't wait to get back and share with all of you the pictures I'll take on this journey! See you when I get back!