Wayna Picchu is part of the Machu Picchu
Clothing for every type of weather! In August, it was cool in the mornings, hot in the afternoons and freezing in the evenings – so essentially you have to dress in layers to get through the day. I forgot a hat and gloves and my travel partner didn’t bring any short-sleeved shirts. We ended up buying ponchos too.
A lot of people only get two weeks to travel, what can you recommend to get the most out of that little bit of time in Peru?
We did the classic Gringo Trail that loops from Lima to Cusco and back, cutting out a few destinations. We passed on the Nazca Lines (a $300USD plane ride) and skipped Puno and Lake Titicaca (which seems to be more of a tourist attraction than a cultural experience).
Lima - 2 days
Lima to Ica/Huacachina (5 hours by bus) - 1.5 days - Definitely do the
Ica to Arequipa (overnight bus) - 3 days - Go on the day tour of the Colca Canyon.
Arequipa to Cusco (overnight bus) - 3 days - Check out Maras/Moray and Salteneras, and Machu Picchu, for all of its fame, is not overrated.
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The food in Peru was a complete and pleasant surprise. My idea of Peruvian food only conjured images of the infamous guinea pig slurped down with a few pisco sours. While the guinea pig is prevalent (and the pisco sours were good), there is so much more to the cuisine than that.
Alpaca – very cute, and very tender. A bit
Stews – Peru is famous for the hearty,
Quinoa – a perfect protein and a main crop of Peru, just give the quinoa bars a miss and instead have it in salads and stews.
Chocoteja – only found in Peru, these “chocolate tiles” are filled with everything from pecans to coffee cream to raisins.
Lucuma – a fruit that’s hard not to fall in love with at first bite.
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Lomo Saltado – the ubiquitous stir-fry seems to be the national dish – beef, onions, tomatoes and French fries are an easy, and filling dinner dish.
Pisco sours – if you try pisco on its own before you try this frothy sweet cocktail you may be turned off, but soldier on, it’s worth it.
Coco tea – a good way to fend off altitude sickness and warm up in the mornings.
Do you have any travel safety advice? What are the important things to remember?
Generally, I felt safe in Peru. I wouldn’t recommend going out at night alone in Lima and wandering the streets, but in
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