Peru is one of the most fascinating countries in South America. A home to the rain forest, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu (an ancient Incan city high in the Andes Mountains). Choosing Peru as a travel destination was a joy, although I also had high expectations. I couldn’t wait to see all those beautiful and hidden gems which country has to offer. Being inspired by lots of photos on Instagram I decided that I need to visit those wonderful places. It was my first time in South America, so I had to choose only few out of hundreds interesting spots. I decided to visit Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Rainbow Mountains.
Lima is the capital city, with a nice and lively market square and a beautiful seaside district – Miraflores. I spent great 24 hours here. The most interesting place in the capital is definitely – Huaca Pucllana (the pyramid of Lima).
The next stop on my trip was the charming city of Cusco situated at an altitude of 3,399m above sea level. Arriving here I didn’t know what to expect at all. I have heard a lot of things about high altitude and breathing problems. Overall, it wasn’t that bad. You only need to bear in mind that the oxygen there is limited, your breath is short and by walking fast you get tired easily. I think I got used to altitude quite quickly. Cusco has beautiful Market Square, lots of nice shops and restaurants, churches and viewing points from where you can enjoy the panorama of the city.
On my way to Machu Picchu, I decided to travel across Sacred Valley. I have chosen only few Inca’s ruins on my way to Ollantaytambo, from where I took a train to Aguas Calientes. The Sacred Valley has many sites to visit, I was only able to see Pisac Market, Maras and Moray, Ollantaytambo ruins and town due only 8 hours of my trip and it was still an amazing experience.
From Ollantaytambo I took a train to Aguas Calientes – a small village close to Machu Picchu site. It was only a short stop but in a really lovely place – I could stay there much longer.
Starting my trip to Machu Picchu very early in the morning was very good decision, although I was not alone waiting for a bus to take me up to the mountain. The queue was getting longer and longer but organisation of the trip was very efficient.
The first word which comes out of your mouth is WOW, you cannot describe it. The view of Machu Picchu is breath-taking, literally takes your breath away. I was so happy to visit this fantastic wonder of the world.
The last and also really impressing trip was my visit to Rainbow Mountains (Vinicunca). I have to admit that it was not the easiest hiking in my life. Yes, I was struggling a bit. Being for some time at the altitude of 5,000m above the sea is a challenge. Short breath, tiredness and bad weather conditions make it so difficult but for what I saw on the top was speechless experience! The view was stunning!
I have spent only 5 days in Peru, but I have great memories and I was amazed with everything there. Especially food (Ceviche!), weather and landscapes.