PERU: HOW MUCH ARE YOU?!
Peru attracted me for Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines.
I probably went on my most challenging journey with regards to organization.
After Santiago, Atacama Desert and Patagonia in Chile, Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, Salar de Uyuni and La Paz in Bolivia, my travel ended in Peru.
Lima Airport has been evaluated several times as the best in South America. This also because its strategic position makes it central in the connections between America, Asia and Europe.
Among the many airports I have been to, it is the only one where can entry only who have a departing air ticket.
Located about 10 km from the capital, it can be reached by taxi at very reasonable prices.
From Bolivia there are a lot of buses to Peru. Into the La Paz station there are more than 10 companies which offer similar routes. The price varies depending on the departure time and on any lunch included. Ask the price to all the agencies and choose according to your needs.
After passport control and entry into Peru, it is likely that bus staff will suggest a tour of Lake Titicaca.
Cruz del Sur bus connect the various Peruvian cities but also them with Chile, Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia at not excessive costs.
I used them for long trip into Peru.
The rate usually does not change but you can choose the seat and the service:
– regular 2° piso (2nd floor): 140 ° reclining seats, classic service.
– suite 1° piso vip: 160 ° reclining seats, impeccable service (waiter always available).
Meanwhile it is important to know that the “1st floor” is the upper floor. I don’t recommend it if you suffer bus speed, because it runs very fast on narrow and full roads and the curves are felt more at the top.
But specially don’t think reclining seat are as a bed. They are certainly spacious and comfortable but the space with the front seat is not absolutely adequate.
In fact, by totally reclining, the person behind will be unable to move and with the seat on his knees.
You have to respect and understand.
I did it for the person behind me, but I can’t say the same about the person in front of me.
The 13 hours night trip was a war between him who slammed the seat on my knees trying to recline it, and I that stop him with strong fists and kicks in the backrest and in the headrest.
After that infinity battle I decided to make subsequent trips to the less reclining but equally comfortable seats of the 2nd floor (the “ground floor”).
WHAT TO SEE IN PERU
Impossible not to associate Peru with Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, considered one of the 7 wonders of the world.
The mad amount to see this site is the biggest expense I’ve ever pay for a single place. Is it worth it?
Cusco is an almost mandatory stop if you go to Machu Picchu. Worth a full day.
A fan of history and mysteries can only get on one of the small planes flying over the Nazca Lines. This is the only way to see a part of the more than 800 drawings that are believed to have been traced by the Nazca Civilization between 300 BC and the 500 AC.
From the peaceful Paracas is possible to make excursions in the marine reserve and in the Islas Ballestas, where penguins and sea lions live.
You can also reach the nearby village of Huacachina and do sandboarding or dune buggy, that is to say having fun jumping at full speed up and down the high sand dunes with a car or a surfboard.
The capital Lima is the second most populous city in South America and it takes a few days to visit it well.