Out of all of our travels, Peru has been one of my favorite places. I would say that the nature and the setting of Peru are what made it so amazing. In the West of Peru, you’re in the Andes, mountains covered with an abundance of nature and geological features. In the East, you run into the biggest jungle in the world: the Amazon.
I knew that I was going to love Peru before we even got there, since trekking is a passion of mine, and that was a big part of Peru. I also love how the Amazon and the Andes are totally different and I love them both, so I’m just kind of mixing them on the same plate.
We started our journey through Peru in Lima, where we got a taste of Andean artifacts, and then quickly moved to Cusco, a fascinating city. I love Cusco in the way it’s constructed. Its streets are like Malaga, and it has a touch of Marrakesh, but nowhere close to as busy as Marrakesh. It has so many places to explore, so many little alleyways going off to the side, so many shops tucked into the walls.
One of the things that I loved about Andean Peru are the llamas (read Kieran’s blog: The Cutest Creature on Earth). They look so innocent and are like: “Hi. Munch Munch.” With their tall necks and fur in the right places, they are indeed, as Kieran said, the cutest creatures on earth.
It was nice to have Cusco as one of our first cities because it was the capital of the Incas, with many famous ruins. And then after that we went to Machu Picchu, where I could relate back to the history that we learned in Cusco. For example, in Cusco we learned about Manco (read Julien’s post: Machu Picchu) and how he left Cusco, passed through Machu Picchu, and then went on and founded Vilcabamba. Then, when we went to Machu Picchu, we could relate to Manco passing through and also learn more about that history.
Machu Picchu was one of the highlights of our trip. The hike up to Machu Picchu was one of my favorite hikes of the trip. Machu Picchu looked so delicately made, every stone cut to perfection. It looked like it would have been a flourishing city, one of great wonders.
After Machu Picchu we went to the Amazon, a place of miracles. I liked it about as much as the Serengeti, if anything a little more. I don’t know how to describe the Amazon–it was just astounding. It was so peaceful. We swiftly glided along the waves of the Tahuayo river, gazed at vibrant birds, and stared out into the endless Amazon rainforest.
I didn’t like Peru for stuff that I would usually like in other countries. It was mostly the food that was different. In all the other main places we stayed, the food was very good. But my mouth didn’t have a taste for Peruvian food. In Peru, I liked the ruins, the hiking/trekking, the culture, and the designs of the cities. As I said, Peru is definetly one of my favorite places.