Peru – a country entirely beyond my imagination. Beside Machu Picchu’s astonishing views and the amazing Rainbow Mountain, the people are happy and friendly and the streets are so clean…
After a 15 hour flight, we landed in the capital city of Lima, looking out into the Pacific Ocean.
The next day we just wandered around the city, and we found that yellow is definitely their favourite colour as there was yellow everywhere, from the buildings to the taxis, and even tricycles! This is why I call it “The Yellow City”.
Coincidentally I wore a yellow dress and pants too! I found myself mingling right in, I certainly blended in with my surroundings 🙂
In the afternoon, we went to Huaca Pucllana. It was like an ancient temple, I can’t even begin to imagine who built it.
Next day we took an early flight to Juliaca, a small town. We then took a coach to Puno, and from Puno we went on Lake Titicaca by boat.
The first place we visited on Lake Titicaca was the floating Uros Islands which along with their houses were made out of reeds, the local residents demonstrated how they made it, it was just so fascinating. Certainly they’ve got electricity now, but how about before? How did people survive? I reckon that they must have adapted to the environment quickly.
And in their tradition, men knit rather than women! How strange?
I bought a hand make rug, isn’t it pretty? I love their colourful clothing,
The next day from Puno, we took a coach to the city of Cusco. This was a 10 hour trip, which might sound tiring but actually wasn’t, as we had 5 stops to discover ancient Peru, from museum’s, to Inca cities… and I met a llama for the first time!
Here by the signpost, the altitude was 4335m. Believe me, I could not breath 😦
Oh, I must mention that I got altitude sickness, and pretty badly too. At one stage I had to use an oxygen mask. Just noticed going back over it, my dress and the oxygen bottle are coordinated 🙂
Now we are ready to see Machu Picchu! We had breakfast in Cusco, then took the train to Aguas Calientes at the bottom of the mountain where Machu Pichu is. Below is my first glance of Machu Picchu.
It was about 11 am, and very cloudy.
on arrival I thought we would not be able to see the surrounding mountains, but just after half hour, the sky cleared and as it wasn’t too hot, it could not have been a better day!
I was so thrilled and emotionally touched by the serenity of the mist shrouded mountains. After the group tour, we went back and did our own tour and stayed until the end of the day, we sat there until we had to leave.
Believe it or not, I switched off my 4G for the first time in my life! I felt like I owned Machu Picchu and that because those moments were so precious, private and spiritual, I did not want to share them with anyone. Of course I switched 4G back on after a week!
Next day, we just wandered around Aguas Calientes and did some shopping. Take a look at the doll, it’s so cute!
Of course I bought a Peru T shirt, you’d have to 🙂
We went back to Cusco. Our original plan was to just chill, relax and fly home, but when we were wandering about in the city, a poster in a window caught my eye – a colourful mountain. So we went in and after ten minutes – the plan changed! We were now going to “Rainbow Mountain”.
I knew it would be hard, we had to get up at 3am the following morning, take a 6 hour coach ride and then a 5km walk! What’s more, the attitude was above 5000m, but I was determined to go, even if I had to crawl to the top, because it was going to be an experience of a life time, I had to do this!
Here I am, was it worth it?
I bought the hat, leggings and scarf the day before, as I knew they would look good for a photo shoot 🙂
It was so windy at the top that my scarf kept tangling around me… it was quite funny when I look back at it.
It was a hard journey, mostly due to the lack of oxygen. After the halfway mark, I could only walk 10 yards at a time before taking a short break, so when people asked me “How was your holiday?” I said it wasn’t a holiday at all, but an adventure!
The photos below were from the start point of the treck to the top of Rainbow Mountain. I was laughing at the beginning as it was easy, but later I ate that laughter, it was getting harder and harder. I remember that we drank a lot of cola and Redbull.
Now, back to Cusco, we really deserved to chill!
Last day in Cusco – Shopping day!
It was time to say bye bye to Cusco and Peru. This trip was unbelievably exciting, I still feel high a month later.
As I come to the end of this blog, I feel that words cannot fully describe this incredible experience . If any of you ever have the chance, put Peru on the top of your list!
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed my blog! 🙂