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10 reasons I love Peru! Part 2

February 15, 2015
Machu Picchu

Sundrenched Machu Picchu

Part 1’s here

6) Machu Picchu

It’s what everyone asks about when you mention Peru. No, I didn’t trek there (so glad), yes it is incredible, but no the air isn’t too thin (Cusco is where you’ll have the trouble).

The Incan city of Machu Picchu is located 8000 feet above sea level, so just before you get into altitude sickness zone (that’s 9000 feet, aka Cusco). We were lucky to visit on a beautifully warm sunny day, as you can see above. It is oddly thrilling to think that the Spanish conquistadors had no idea that this place existed, even though it may only just have been abandoned around the time they arrived (1532).

The location, up in the mountains and the clouds, is breathtaking. Getting around the site itself is somewhat physically challenging, and some paths are very narrow and without guardrails. Still, it is an experience without parallel. We spent about 6 hours there, from 6am to midday, definitely aim for the early tickets!

7) The beauty of the Andean mountains

Flying into Cusco

Flying into Cusco

Crosses on the mountains above Cusco

Crosses on the mountains above Cusco

8) Llamas / alpacas

Alapaca llama Peru

Alpacas / llamas love feeding time!

Still can’t tell these guys apart, but I loved them anyway!

9) The cute dogs

Perros Pirata

On the right we have Perros Pirata (Pirate Dog), the cutest one-eyed pup in Villa El Salvador (he was born that way)

Puppies Sacred Valley Peru

Puppy power in the Sacred Valley

10) The cats!

Nicolas, the Cusco Market kitten Peru

Nicolas, the Cusco Market kitten

The cats of Kennedy Park!

The cats of Kennedy Park!

The cat tribes of Kennedy Park need to be seen to be believed! It was a joy walking through the park to my hotel in Miraflores at night: the cats are much more awake than in the day, children are playing on the swings and people are sitting about, chatting and eating sandwiches and churros. You might even catch a gig of an evening:

So what are your top Peru tips?? Let me know 🙂

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  1. February 16, 2015 1:15 pm

    Hey thanks! I like yours too, especially the stopping in fear at crossings and accidentally slipping Spanish into my everyday pleasantries! 🙂

    Question is, where next to go in S America? Too much to choose from…

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  2. February 16, 2015 1:00 pm

    Hard to get Peru into a top ten, but you’ve done a good job!

    https://www.the-newshub.com/travel/top-ten-signs-that-youve-been-backpacking-in-south-america

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  3. Into the mild permalink
    February 15, 2015 8:51 pm

    Istanbul was amazing. Antalya as well- Turkey is so unique and magical.

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  4. February 15, 2015 8:45 pm

    Ah good tip, wish I was still there to try Trujillo out 🙂

    Like your blog – I still need to blog about my trip to Istanbul, great place isn’t it?

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  5. Into the mild permalink
    February 15, 2015 8:25 pm

    Check out Trujillo if you get the chance!
    Lots to see and do, good weather, and near the beach.

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