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About My Trip to Peru

My Peruvian adventure was a whirlwind of ancient wonders, breathtaking landscapes, and unforgettable experiences! Here’s a glimpse into my journey:

  • Cusco: This captivating Inca capital was my gateway to the past.
  • Machu Picchu: The crown jewel of Peru! Reaching this iconic Inca citadel was an adventure in itself – trains, buses, and awe-inspiring views. Walking amongst these magnificent ruins, bathed in the Andean sun, was a truly unforgettable moment.
  • Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain: While Rainbow Mountain itself remained elusive due to road closures, Palccoyo offered a stunning alternative. Hiking alongside new travel buddies (thanks, surprise thunderstorm!), the colorful mountains provided a breathtaking backdrop.
  • Ollantaytambo: More than just a stop on the way to Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo impressed with its massive agricultural terraces. Less crowded than Machu Picchu, it offered a unique perspective on Inca ingenuity.
  • Pisac: High in the Andes, Pisac’s ruins unfolded, revealing the Inca’s agricultural prowess and burial practices. Our guide’s insights brought the site to life, and the views from the top were simply phenomenal.

From the bustling streets of Cusco to the tranquility of the mountains, this Peruvian adventure was packed with cultural discoveries and breathtaking scenery. If you’re seeking an unforgettable journey through time and nature, look no further than the highlands of Peru!

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I decided the best way to see the Sacred Valley of the Incas was a two-day tour. To make things easy, I booked with Crossover Peru, and their tour included both the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu!

The night before the tour started, I met with a Crossover Peru representative named Luz. She went over everything and gave me a whole stack of tickets: entrances to Pisac and Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu itself, plus train tickets to get there and back, and bus tickets to get up to the entrance. I felt prepared with all those in hand!

Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Peru, wasn’t just a destination – it was a logistical warzone conquered! Navigating the transportation maze was an adventure in itself. First hurdle – the bus ride from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. Let’s just say those winding mountain roads test your breakfast in new ways. But I emerged victorious, ready to tackle the train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. The train ride was a scenic reward, offering stunning glimpses of the valley.

Aguas Calientes itself was a charming town, but the final challenge awaited – the bus ride up to Machu Picchu. Those switchbacks are no joke, but the view from the top? Absolutely breathtaking. Seeing Machu Picchu in person, bathed in the Andean sun, was a moment I’ll never forget.

This thrilling one-minute video captures the highlights of my unforgettable adventure to the Inca Ruins of Machu Picchu. At the beginning of my visit, it was cloudy blocking the famous view of Machu Picchu. Suddenly, the clouds parted and I was able to capture some spectacular footage.

Ollantaytambo wowed me! For those short on time, Ollantaytambo is your Inca-fix must-do. This place boasts massive agricultural terraces and a temple with six enormous stone slabs – seriously impressive! There’s even a Spanish section, a reminder of the area’s rich history. Just across the valley sits a mountain that once served as a giant pantry for the Incas.

Our guide, Alberto, starting with a captivating story about Ollantaytambo’s significance and the mountain opposite. The biggest mystery? No one knows how they built it! The closest quarry is a whopping 15 kilometers away! Talk about impressive engineering skills.

Pisac’s Inca ruins were definitely worth the climb! High up in the Andes, these ruins offered stunning views and a fascinating glimpse into Inca history. Having a guide was key – Alberto explained everything, from the farming terraces clinging to the mountainsides to the burial sites tucked away. It’s amazing how the Incas built all this! And let me tell you, the view from the top is simply unforgettable.

Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, packed a punch in just 24 hours! My one day in Cusco turned into a whirlwind adventure, cramming in must-see sights like the Plaza de Armas and the Qorikancha Temple with other activities like exploring the historic streets on my own.

My feet were tired, but I was soaked in Inca history and culture.

My Peruvian adventure in March 2022 hit a snag – I missed seeing the famed Rainbow Mountain! The bummer? I thought I had everything planned perfectly. Inka Explorer Viajes, my chosen tour company, boasted a fleet of ATVs whisking me almost all the way to the viewpoint. Perfect for someone like me, wary of high-altitude hikes.

Here’s where things went sour. Inka Explorer Viajes dropped the ball on honesty. Turns out, the roads to Rainbow Mountain were closed for weeks! Our guide never mentioned it, attempting a bait-and-switch with Palccoyo Mountain instead.

Don’t get me wrong, Palccoyo was beautiful, and the hike with new friends (we even bonded over a lightning storm!) was a blast. But the disappointment of missing Rainbow Mountain lingered.

My recent Peruvian adventure hit a colorful snag – I missed Rainbow Mountain entirely! Talk about a bummer, especially since I thought I had everything perfectly planned.

Here’s the key takeaway: Honesty is the best policy, especially for tour companies! Inka Explorer Viajes, the company I booked with, seemed to have forgotten that memo. Their whole thing was these awesome ATVs that would whisk me practically right to the Rainbow Mountain viewpoint – perfect for someone like me who gets a little winded at high altitudes. Except, there was a huge detail they conveniently left out: the roads to Rainbow Mountain had been closed for weeks! Our guide never breathed a word of it, even trying to pull a switcheroo and take us to Palccoyo Mountain instead.

Considering a budget-friendly flight to Cusco, Peru? Sky Airline’s fares are undeniably attractive, with roundtrip tickets potentially as low as $149. However, a balanced perspective is crucial. Online reviews paint a mixed picture, highlighting occasional cancellations, cramped seating arrangements, and last-minute schedule changes. LATAM Airlines offers a more established alternative, albeit at a significantly higher price point.

During my recent Peruvian adventure, I opted for Sky Airline to experience firsthand their cost-effectiveness. While the flight itself from Cusco to Lima was satisfactory, there were notable drawbacks. Sky Airline bombarded my inbox with frequent promotional emails, predominantly in Spanish. Furthermore, a crucial email notifying me of a rescheduled departure time was buried within this barrage. Thankfully, Sky’s customer service proved efficient when contacted via social media, promptly issuing a refund for the now-inconvenient leg. It’s worth noting their unique policy allows cancellation of the departing flight while retaining the return ticket, a flexibility not commonly offered by other airlines.