Most tourists travel Peru to see Machu Picchu or other Inca ruins, myself included. The trip I took with my husband was 7 days, I believe we did the best we could for the time we had. However, I find myself day dreaming about going back and spending more time- maybe a month or so there to absorb the culture. I would like to eat more ceviche, travel the sacred valley on foot and visit Lake Titikaka. Peru is a very inexpensive place to travel in, so maybe my daydreaming will be made into reality before long
Cusco is a one hour flight from Lima and is the best way to get to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. We spent a couple of nights here on the end of trip and really enjoyed it. We took a guided walking tour with Free Tours by Foot with Elvis. Peru is known for its fair trade coffee, so we drank lots of that. Peru is also making waves through the world with their amazing food. Along side fresh ingrediants, Peruvians are very proud of the heritage. This makes for an awesome food environment.
Guide books suggest to get acclamated to the altitude by heading to Ollantaytambo, so thats what we did. I didn’t spend much time researching Ollantaytambo, so we were pleneastly suprised by this city. The town has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning. There is an Incan fortress on one side of the city and Incan storage units perched high up on a hillside on the other. It is the only place where you can get to Machu Picchu by train.
Machu Picchu is one of the most popular iconic sites in the world! Because of its popularity there are tons of ways that you can book a tour to it. We didn’t have the time to walk the Inca Trail to the site, but we did hike from the main town (Aguas Calientes) to the site its self. We woke up at 4 a.m and hiked to the trail head. From there we climbed, (and climbed and climbed), after 50-60 minutes we made it to Machu Picchu. Hint: If you aren’t into that sort of physical activity so early in the morning, there are plenty of buses you can take to and from the town.
If you would like to see more travel pictures from our trip, head over to the gallery: https://stephshanks.com/gallery/peru-photos