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Peru had a rich cultural life thousands of years before Pizarro turned up in funny clothing. Wander around colonial cities that echo the legacy of Spanish conquistadors, explore the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco, visit the lost city of Machu Picchu and ponder the enigma of the Nazca Lines. Peru also boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in South America. The beautiful Peruvian Andes issue a siren's call to top-class trekkers. These mountains are also home to squillions of indigenous highlanders, who still speak the ancient tongue of Quechua and live a traditional way of life.

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Photos: Lima, PerĂº.

Tue, 5 Jul 2016 | By casamejia | Photo Gallery


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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 | By joshandkaren | Photo Gallery


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Peru 23/4/16 - 20/5/16

Tue, 7 Jun 2016 | By joshandkaren | Views [119]

Lake Titicaca borders Bolivia and Peru so that was our entry point into Peru on our Overland truck. Puno was our base for an overnight trip out on the world's largest navigable lake. Our boat first stopped at the Uros Islands, which are floating islands ... Read more >

Getting ready

Mon, 16 May 2016 | By naphiri | Views [51]

Just checking how this works. We are getting ready, packing the last few things to get to the airport...Here we go Peru!

Day 67 v2: Goodbye

Sun, 3 Apr 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [75]

Sad bye to our host family: Manuel, Stephanie and Fabio, snapped a family shot and boarded a plane for Lima. 5 hour stop over, then a 5 hour flight to Brazil. Day in transit.

Day 66 v2: Pizza + Icecream

Sat, 2 Apr 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [77]

Climbed the Pachacutec statue (POD is the view from up top). Great 360 view of Cuzco town and rolling hills. Then went to an Inka museum under the Temple of the Sun and checked out some artifacts - even mummies. Took our Cuzco family out for dinner ... Read more >

Day 65 v2: Shaman

Fri, 1 Apr 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [90]

Rest day, feeling a little sick today....coming up from the valley, Cusco is higher. Bummed around then went out to Shaman Vegan Raw Restaurant. It's run by locals and we met their six year old daughter who came and sat at the table with us before ... Read more >

Day 64 v2: Southern Air Temple

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [105] | Comments [1]

Wiped off the diesel and up we got. Had a breakfast snack and hopped on the bus up to MP for our official tour, so seeing it twice was a real treat. The bus takes 40mins and winds up the hill. It's really quite hidden and you can't see it from the river ... Read more >

Day 63 v2: Cake anyone?

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [77]

5:30am wake up and you wouldn't believe - we got a cake for breakfast!!! Wtf? Hahaha we were all laughing at the bizarro world of camping we found ourselves in and everyone laughed even harder when we told them that last time we went camping to Glenworth ... Read more >

Day 62 v2: Coca leaves

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [76]

Up at 3am to hot coca tea and a dark sky full of stars. Porridge, pancakes and fruit salad for breakfast (I told you it was glamping!!!!) Edwin and Jimmy our guides told us that due to the 3rd campsite being unstable we would need to do the trek in 3 ... Read more >

Day 61 v2: Trek begins

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [79]

5am at Peru Treks office to catch the bus...apparently they only like picking people up from hotels right in town, so we walked down. Breakfast at Ollantaytambo and chatted with our group after the sleepy bus ride. 14 in total: Ryan, Michelle, Andy, ... Read more >

Day 60 v2: Sacred Valley

Sun, 27 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [64]

Manuel took us to the Sacred Valley. First stop Chinchero to visit a local craft market, where a community of traditional  Quechua women produce clothing and craft. its all handmade and traditional, unlike the mass produced, machine made things ... Read more >

Day 59 v2: Rest Day

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [61]

We both needed a rest day...from activity and each other. Mike went to the museum and I read a new book in Starbucks. We sampled all these local chocolate bars for dessert.

Day 58 v2: Sexy Woman

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [64]

Got the low down from Manuel and headed up and over the hill. First to look out over Cusco under the small Jesus statue - every Central/South American city seems to have one. Then onto Saqsaywaman (POD). The Inca remains here look like you're in a Minecraft ... Read more >

Day 57 v2: Guia Manuel

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [79]

Manuel made us a tasty breakfast and suggested he take us of a tour around his town. It's always great having a local show you round...he lives in Santiago so we walked a long way around the main bits of town. We saw the Sun God waterfall, ... Read more >

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