Vacationing in Peru

Yes, our third major trip in 3 months.  Poor scheduling wasn’t intentional.  It’s just that when you’re retired and can travel whenever you want, the good deals are found in Spring and Fall when most of the world is working.  This was a Groupon that landed in my mailbox a few months ago.  I was sitting on the couch and asked David if he wanted to go to Peru for a few weeks at a crazy low price.  We made reservations within the hour.  However, if was also very close to other recent trips also at crazy low prices.

We ended up returning from India the end of March, returned from a cruise the middle of March and then left for Peru on April 24.  Now we need a long vacation from vacations.

Both India and Peru were bucket list places and we loved them both.  India is a much more difficult trip because of the terrible pollution.  We both returned to Panama pretty sick which required multiple doctor visits and several antibiotics.

Our trip to Peru was great and much easier than India.  The Groupon was actually from Miami so we spent a few days visiting family before and after the trip.  And we really got lucky with our travel mates  This was our fourth tour group trip.  We always vacation independently.  We have found that most group travelers are:  !. old, 2.  somewhat immobile, 3. scared of the country they are visiting and, 4. not interested in leaving the tour guide,  This group was very active and fun to be around.  It was, by far, the best tour group we have ever traveled with.cats

Lima is like any modern, clean city.  They have many parks.  We stopped at the Parque de Amor, Park of Love, near the beach.  Our favorite was Kennedy Park that is known for feeding the local cats.  David brought a leftover chicken breast and was the most popular person in the park – at least until the chicken was gone.

 

When we got to Cuszo, we met my daughter and her friend.  Coincidentally, my daughter and her friend had planned a trip to Peru at the same time so we spent the day with them in Cuzco. They were in Cuzco acclimating themselves to the high altitude in preparation for their four day hike along the Inca Trail.  We had lunch near the public square.   After taking both a train and a bus to the site, I have new appreciation for their endeavor.

Kelly

Obviously, the highlight was Machu Picchu.  Nosecuredownload doubt, it’s pretty incredible.  It’s also one of the few wonders of the world that you don’t get glimpses of until you are actually there and see it for the first time in its entirety.

 

As we headed to the eastern border of Peru, we passed miles and miles of pasture landllama for llamas, alpacas, sheep and cows.  Many of our group tried alpaca for dinner.  I just bought some yarn.

cuyOutside of Lima, the big push was to eat guinea pig, cuy.  As a vegetarian, I didn’t try it.  They grill it whole including their little teeth and claws.  There was nothing appetizing about rodent.

As the girls went hiking, we went to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.  The altitude there is over 13,000 feet, making breathing very difficult.  Hotels give you coco leaves to chew and coco tea to drink to help with altitude sickness.  But both taste so bad, the symptoms cants be worse.  We only got the shortness of breath, which feels like suffocating for a few seconds.  We enjoyed the sites but were very glad for the flight to Lima and sea level.

We stayed in some pretty nice hotels.  Our last one in Lima was amazing.  You need ahotel room Masters Degree in Engineering to figure out all the buttons on the shower.  Music, lights, side misters, rain showerhead – the works.  The shower speaks to you in Japanese.

Our next trip will be discovering Panama and Costa Rica.

 

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