Peru: If you go…

I wanted to share a few thoughts for others who might be tackling this trip soon. Things I wish I had known, or things we figured out that I thought might be good to pass on. I’ll probably add to…

Peru: Ollantaytambo

Peru: Ollantaytambo

When we arrived back to the train station, we found that the tour company had sent a taxi instead of a minibus. We ended up having a great chat with our driver (turns out he’s half Quechua, and ended up…

Peru: Machu Picchu

Peru: Machu Picchu

So this is the post you’ve been waiting for. And of course it was the main highlight of our trip. Everyone will tell you this, and it’s true: you know going in that Machu Picchu is going to knock your…

Peru: Sacsayhuamán

Peru: Sacsayhuamán

You can’t tell it from the ground, but there are actually a lot of ruins right by Cusco. The closest is just a 20-minute walk from the main plaza. It’s got a great name, Sacsayhuamán, which is pronounced rather like,…

Peru: Pisac

Peru: Pisac

We expected to be so sick from altitude or accidentally drinking water or jet lag or something, and so it was a surprise when we covered a lot of Cusco during our first day there. We’d figured we’d spend the…

Peru: Cusco

Peru: Cusco

We got a lot of advice about arriving in Cusco. Most of it revolved around avoiding – or actually dealing with – altitude sickness. There seems to be a lot of evidence that altitude sickness is actually just dehydration, and…

Peru: Lima

Peru: Lima

We didn’t arrive in Lima under ideal circumstances. We should have arrived at 9pm, taken a cab, maybe had some dinner, and settled in for a nice sleep, fresh in the morning. Instead, we missed our connection, transferred to another…