6) Machu Picchu
It’s what everyone asks about when you mention Peru. No, I didn’t trek there (so glad), yes it is incredible, but no the air isn’t too thin (Cusco is where you’ll have the trouble).
The Incan city of Machu Picchu is located 8000 feet above sea level, so just before you get into altitude sickness zone (that’s 9000 feet, aka Cusco). We were lucky to visit on a beautifully warm sunny day, as you can see above. It is oddly thrilling to think that the Spanish conquistadors had no idea that this place existed, even though it may only just have been abandoned around the time they arrived (1532).
The location, up in the mountains and the clouds, is breathtaking. Getting around the site itself is somewhat physically challenging, and some paths are very narrow and without guardrails. Still, it is an experience without parallel. We spent about 6 hours there, from 6am to midday, definitely aim for the early tickets!
7) The beauty of the Andean mountains
8) Llamas / alpacas
Still can’t tell these guys apart, but I loved them anyway!
9) The cute dogs
10) The cats!
The cat tribes of Kennedy Park need to be seen to be believed! It was a joy walking through the park to my hotel in Miraflores at night: the cats are much more awake than in the day, children are playing on the swings and people are sitting about, chatting and eating sandwiches and churros. You might even catch a gig of an evening:
So what are your top Peru tips?? Let me know 🙂