wouldn't see anywhere else.
If you ever find yourself wondering around Nazca having a free afternoon before your Nazca lines flight, head to Chauchilla cemetery to see how pre-Hispanic people honored their dead. It's an interesting site that you
wouldn't see anywhere else.
In the middle of Peruvian nowhere, there is a stony desert. It doesn't look pretty: rocks, dust, bare hills, more rocks. And like in any desert, there is hardly any life. But once you fly over, you realize what is so special about this unassuming destination that draws 100,000+ visitors every year - the famous mystery lines created by the Nazca people round 1500 (!) years ago.
The easiest place to go sandboarding in Peru is Huacachina, a tiny oasis among the beautiful white-sand dunes near the town of Ica. The place is so small, there is only one street crowded with hotels and bars. It takes 4 hours to get here from Lima, and some people make a daytrip out of it.
What's the point of paying the Humane Society to take your unwanted pet if you can simply eat it?
I decided against writing a detailed description of the trail just because there is way too much information out there already. I'd rather reflect on the practical part of the trail: what went well, what didn't, and what could've been done differently.
We got back from Peru last night and still trying to catch up on our sleep. The fact that we had to go to work 6 hours after the arrival didn't help. But it's okay, we'll recover!
I should say right away that the trip was unforgettable, the hotels I picked were perfect for what we were looking for, timing worked, and the Inca Trail company totally delivered! I'm an awesome trip planner - let's be honest.
While I'm collecting my thoughts about the whole experience, I thought I would share a picture of what you can expect to read about very shortly. And yes, there will be a lot about llamas: they are my new thing now!
Here's what the full Peru trip itinerary looked like.
The whole purpose of this blog is to prove that travel to exciting destinations 1) can be done even if you are short on time, and 2) can be affordable. So I live up to this promise and post my real trip itinerary that I used for Peru. I am trying to be as transparent as possible, so be sure - the timeline and all prices are real.
1. Explore the historic centre of Lima, a UNESCO world heritage site, with its beautiful colonial buildings, churches, and museums
Not to miss:
- Palacio del Gobierno (changing of the guard is every day at noon)
- The San Francisco monastery and especially the catacombs (open until 5 pm)
- Lima Cathedral
- Palacio de Torre Tagle, a baroque-style palace with intricately decorated balconies (visits by appointment only)
1. Follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, a 4-day trek that goes through breathtaking Andean landscapes
and culminates at Machu Picchu, the sacred Inca site at 7,970 ft above sea level
2. Munch on cuy (fried guinea pig) in Cusco
3. Sandboard down the beautiful dunes
4. Discover the floating islands of Titicaca
5. Trek the world's deepest canyons in Arequipa (and don't miss other worthy spots: active volcanoes,
high altitude deserts, thermal hot-springs)
6. Surf in Lima
7. Take a spectacular Trans-Andean train ride from Lima to Huancayo
8. Fly over the famous Nazca Lines (and not so famous Palpa Lines)
9. See the abundant wildlife of Ballestas Islands (also called "poor man's Galapagos"): sea lions,
Humboldt penguins, guanay black cormorants as well as other bird colonies
10. Explore the Amazon rainforest and all that it has to offer: macaw and parrot clay licks, caimans, giant
otters, and different species of monkeys to name a few.
Also check out:
Peru Trip Itinerary, Budget, and Resources
How To Go Sandboarding In Peru
A Day In Lima? Here's What You Can Do
A Simple Guide To Seeing The Nazca Lines
The Inca Trail: Notes From A Tent
Hi, I'm Irina, and I am a travel addict with a full-time job.
This blog is about seeing the world and making the best of the limited free time we have.
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