Food

Peru in 2015 was recognized as the number one food destination in the world for the second year in a row!  I was definitely not disappointed!

I did skip over some items that I don’t personally care for such as tongue, heart, squid.  But the menus are varied and you can always find something amazing, or ask them to leave out an ingredient that you don’t like.

 

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The sauces were amazing!

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Driving towards Machu Picchu you would see fields of varying foods/agriculture on the sides of mountains.  It was really fascinating to see how some crops were grown on one side of a mountain to gain better sun, less wind, while some were grown specifically on shadowy sides.  All of the food was amazing and organic as far as I could tell.  Fresh and tasty, I could eat there forever!

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Traveler

 

I know for sure that I walked maybe ten miles this day.  The mountain was a maze of up, down, and around, often ending in a whole new area.  There were also “secret” areas that you could pay extra to get into.

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I met a traveler from France who had purchased a motorcycle in California and had driven from California to Peru.  He spoke very good spanish, along with French and English.  He had been traveling for months by bike and had been living day to day, never knowing where he would end up or who he would meet along the way.  He became my buddy for the day!

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Traveling to Machu Picchu

Last year, I got to travel to Machu Picchu.  It was one of the most memorable trips of my life.

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Nothing has come close to this place for me.  The trip started in the morning at 3:00 a.m. in Cusco when I was picked up at my hotel.  I rode in a van for about two hours with a load of people, all heading to Machu Picchu for the day, or multiple days.  It was pretty cold there in February, around 50 degrees in the warmest part of the day. It was also the rainy season.

We arrived at the train station at about 8:00 a.m.  From there we were in for another two hour ride to reach the city at the base of the mountain.

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After arriving we loaded then again onto buses and rode for 50 minutes up to the top of the mountain.  There we entered into the “park” of Machu Picchu.

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It is hard to imagine how magnificent were all of the structures.  All were amazing and crafted in a way that is unbelievable.  The Incans were masters at stone work.  They were also vegan most of the year.  Amazing right?  Macchu Picchu contains a city of buildings that were all for different purposes.  Looking over the bluffs leaves you more breathless than the altitude.

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