Peru group tour....complete success...🇵🇪
Updated: Jun 23, 2022
As you all may know, I have conducted my second group trip; this time Peru. It was a complete success, indulging in such a rich culture was certainly one of the main highlights of this trip.
The group was composed of twenty four (24) travelers all wanting to experience the masterful things this country has to offer. Its diverse ecosystem alone will leave you breathless. We started off our journey visiting the charming city of Lima, and stayed in Miraflores. In Lima there are very interesting places to eat, all which are amazing and delicious. I would recommend El Popular, its a restaurant in a very cool mall that's on a cliff; what makes this restaurant iconic, is not only its great selection of fresh seafood, but you also have an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean...trust me, its an experience. Other honorable mentions are Punto Azul, La Lucha and as seen on Netflix's Street Food Latino America...Picarones Mary.
Off we go to Ica and the village of Huacachina. For a couple of days visiting deserts, riding sand boogies, sand surfing and endless fun. Here's your chance to visit Huacachina, the oasis in the middle of the desert. This is definitely a must in any Peru itinerary.
From that point on it was pure adventure, we made it to Cusco, for those who do not know, Cusco is a very beautiful city located in the Peruvian Andes. The once capital of the Inca Empire has an altitud of 11,152 feet above sea level, meaning that our breathing and balance takes a hit until our body slowly adapts. Once you get here you'll get dizzy and will run out of air rapidly, to our surprise there is a way to counter attack this change, and that is by consuming "Hoja de Coca" which is a plant that has many benefits to the body including expansion of our lungs, better digestion and energy, all which are welcome and much needed when visiting Cusco.
Our adventure was ever changing having one amazing day after another. We took a train to Aguas Calientes, which is the gateway to one of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. Aguas Calientes is a travelers paradise, its a very beautiful town in between enormous mountains. The only way to get there is either by train or the famous Inca Trail. It has an infinite selection of restaurants and shops.
From there we visited Machu Picchu, sadly it was raining the day we visited, and even thou it limited some of the experience it gave out a very mystical vibe to it, just imagine it, ancient ruins on top of a very high mountain with fog and rain, I loved it. This is my sixth Wonder of the World, and quite frankly, in my opinion...its my favorite so far.
One of the most difficult tasks I've accomplished is getting to the top of the seven color mountain for its 17,100 feet above sea level. This is an amazing and beautiful hike, and will surely make you feel accomplished but in my opinion, its a very difficult task. Most of the group did not make it to the top, some made it to the middle. Let me explain. Once you get to the drop off you will be presented with the option of riding a horse towards a closer viewpoint, if you opt out, you will be facing at least a 45 minute walk, in a very very high place, meaning you will face constant shortness of air. Every 5 minutes will feel like you did 15 minutes of pure cardio. Then you get to the mid level, and from this point you've pretty much accomplished the task, but there is so little more to go and you made it to the top, where experts recommend you spend a maximum of 15 minutes tops, because at this point air and circulation will decrease at a dangerous level. I'm trying to be as honest as I can, so you can prepare yourself for the most beautiful yet troublesome adventure ahead.
For the remainder of our trip we headed off to Puno. Only 2 hours away from Bolivia, Puno is the home to one of the largest lakes in South America, also being the highest navigable body of water in the world. On our trip here we visited floating communities and visited they're homes, learning from their points of views and everyday tasks. Apart from that we took a 2 hour sail towards the island of Taquile. Taquile feels like you are in hole different country by itself, with amazing views, fresh sea food and humble people.
Our group trip to Peru was fascinating, it had adventure, culture, amazing food and great people. It is definitely a great travel destination and its an obvious bucket list contender. Stick around and see where are we headed next.