Sunday, September 30, 2012

PERU


In June, Michael and I (plus 2 friends) took a trip to PERU. We started off in Lima to visit an old friend, and then to Cuzco to get acclimated. But the main event was Machu Picchu. We hiked the Salkantay trail for 5 days through the mountains of Peru to arrive at the ancient city! It was breathtaking (literally... I got altitude sickness and could not breathe). Our peak was 15,000 ft above sea level.  It was the most ambitious adventure of my life. My favorite part of the trip, besides seeing the ruins themselves, was when we zip-lined!



After many days of not sleeping warmly.. and not showering.. and bruised ankles..., we took a trip to paradise.. Lake Titicaca, the land of Uros- the floating islands. These man-made islands were constructed of local reeds. They use these reeds to build their homes, land, and transportation! We also stayed on Taquile Island, where there is no electricity. We stayed with local families and even got to visit a part of town that had never seen tourists before. It was a festival with a live band, live bull-fighting (they don't kill them in peru) and many, many beers. The locals were so thrilled that Americans had visited (showing a good sign for tourism/economy), they were thanking us at every turn.

We spent 2.5 weeks in Peru, here are some highlights:











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