Archive | November, 2012

The Lost City of the Incas

18 Nov

 

Last week we went on a vacation to Peru after an amazing deal we got on travelzoo.com. Even though it was a short trip it was sure exciting and fun!

We started in Lima, the capital of Peru and it’s biggest city. Navigating through Lima was treacherous, as most traffic lights are used simply for decoration. However, Lima does have it’s gems, with beautiful seaside restaurants and breathtaking views of the ocean from the cliffs. Peru also has the best food in the world, and the many variations to choose from were delicious. We spent 3 days with Charlie, my 90 year old grandfather, and had an amazing experience in Lima also went to the state Ica where we visited “Las Dunas” an oasis resort in the middle of the desert where we went sandboarding.

Now it was time for our journey to Machu Picchu. The first stop of our adventure was Cuzco. We took an hour flight up to the city 7000 feet up into the Andes. Once we arrived, we were instructed to drink tea derived from the coca leaf to help us acclimate to the high temperature. If you don’t and try to exert yourself right away, you get a horrible sickness called soroche. We spent a day and half in Cuzco and admired the amazing architecture of both Spanish and Inca influence. We went horse back riding through the rolling hills and saw some ancient ruins, curious llamas and grazing sheep. I even got to run with my horse through a beautiful field of green grass.

Soon it was time for the next next stop in our quest. We got on a train for a 4 hour ride down through the amazing mountain ridges of the Andes and arrived in a little mountain town called Aguas Calientes. It is at the base of the mountain that Machu Picchu resides on and survives on the Machu Pichu tourism. We explored the town from top to bottom, and even found the elusive Peruvian Hairless dog, which is almost as common as the mythical “Chupa Cabra.” We got a room at a mountainside villa in the trees with a view of the whole town and called it our “tree house”.

Finally, the time had come to make the last leg of the trip up to Machu Picchu. We boarded a bus and zig zagged our way up some very treacherous switch backs for what seemed like hours until we arrived at our destination. The initial view of Machu Pichu was mesmerizing.  It is something that cannot be put into words. We explored every corner of the city with our local guide, Felix, who knew so much about the history of Machu Picchu that we are convinced he was an Inca in his past life. We climbed  to the top of Wayna Pichu and had amazing views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains and river. We tried to capture the experience with these photos, but the real beauty of Machu Picchu has to be experienced first hand to really be appreciated.

First night in Lima at the famous restaurant “La Rosa Nautica”

 

 

My amazing dish at “La Rosa Nautica” Grilled Corvina with Chimichurri Rice

 

#gopro From the point of view of a baby!

 

 

 

Sanduning at “Las Dunas”

 

Me with my husband and brother hiking up the dunes

A llama checking us out

Sophia having fun in her swing

My husband with what Peruvians call a “medium size beer”

With my grandparents at Country Club  El Bosque

Sophia’s first horse ride

Our favorite…local Lucuma flavored icea cream.. yum

First night at Cuzco, we stayed in a really nice bed and breakfast called LLipimpac Guesthouse

 

Visiting the ruins at Sacqsaguayman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the “Plaza de Armas” in Aguas Calientes

 

Peruvian Hairless Dog

This is the Inti Watana (Sun clock)

 

 

The Lost City was still under construction… this was their work in progress.

Breathtaking…

Hiking up the Wayna Picchu

we made it!

#planking at the top of the Wayna Picchu

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