For our first anniversary, Andrew and I decided to go “traditional” and we gave each other paper gifts, which were plane tickets to Peru! We spent the first half of the trip touring Lima and Cusco and the second half on an Amazon River Cruise!! (January 13 – January 22) This post is long overdue, but better late than never!
Day 1 – Sightseeing in Lima
Day 2 – Cusco
Our hotel, Novotel, in Cusco was so nice. In the middle of the hotel was an awesome courtyard, where we sipped coca tea to help with altitude sickness! For dinner, we went to a restaurant and Andrew tried alpaca – it was a little chewy.
Day 3 – Sacred Valley – this 46 mile area is basically everything from Cusco to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)!
We also stopped at a village where they were selling Guinea Pigs – to eat!!! It’s an Andean delicacy.
Parque Arqueologico Nacional – we walked up to the top! There were so many steps!
We finished the Sacred Valley tour with a ride on Peru Rail, which took us to the base of Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
Day 4 – We got to explore the ancient Inca ruins – Machu Picchu!!! It is such an incredible place and pictures do not do it justice.
Day 5 – Transit. Cusco to Lima to Iquitos
Day 6 – 9 Amazon River Cruise
TO BE CONTINUED…