Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Adios Peru

My experience in Peru surpassed my expectations and I can't wait to return. The country is full of beauty-sights, people, and culture.

Dining in Peru

Peruvian cuisine is among the most diverse in the world. I just think it's all clean, varied, and delicious!

Shopping in Peru

I'm not a shopper but when I saw these textiles, I went crazy! I became quite adept at bargaining and these pillows and purchases were a steal! The pillows sell online for $175 each and they're already sold out.

Casa Qoricancha

I can't stop thinking of my meal that I had on my last night in Cuzco. Great food, ambience, and view. The beef stir fry was tender and tasty, but the chocolate truffles sent me over the edge.


The Chinese migrated to Peru in the late 19th century to work on the railroads. Not only did they bring their dreams for a better life, but their foods that became part of the Peruvian culture.


Pie dough shaped into half moons and stuffed with beef, cheese, chicken, ham and cheese or sweet fillings. My favorite were the spinach versions and I couldn't get enough of them.

San Pedro Market, Cuzco

A market where the locals shop. Interesting smells, sights, and purchases!

Sun Gate, Machu Pichu

It was an ambitious hike that offered an even finer view of Machu Pichu at 9,000 feet. I even perched myself on a rock to get the once in a lifetime shot which still gives me butterflies when I think about it and which sent my guide into a panic.

Machu Pichu

Lost City of the Incas. The mile long lines and throngs of tourists cannot dampen your enthusiasm when you see this ancient city discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. I caught a peek of the ruins through a stone window and when it appeared, I had to brace myself for its beauty and inspiration.

Peru Rail

I've always enjoyed long train rides but Peru Rail ranks at the top. The scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley offered a glimpse of glaciers through glass ceilings and the impeccable service made this trip a memorable experience.


The high altitude (10,909 feet) hit me immediately when the plane touched down in Cuzco-head splitting headache, nausea, and disorientation. Coca products (tea, leaves, candies) didn't help when I climbed Pisac, but the awe of the military, residential and religious ruins made me realize the Incas were masters of architecture, especially building in difficult places.


National drink of Peru! Three parts pisco(alcohol), mixed with lime juice, sugar syrup, egg white, and ice cubes.

Surfing Makaha

Miraflores, Lima is famous for its surf break with Hawaiian names. I mustered the courage to don a wet suit, walk a cobblestone littered beach, and surf freezing temperature waters.


Roasted guinea pig. Yes, you heard it right…guinea pig! A Peruvian specialty. Some were squeamish, but I dove in and tried it. It tasted like duck, not much meat with a touch skin.

Bienvenidos a Peru

Welcome to Peru! I used to sit in high school Spanish class and often glance at a poster of Machu Pichu. My dream finally came true this summer after I made the long trek to South America. My adventure with Overseas Adventure Travel(OAT) began in the historic, colonial heart of Lima, took me to the ancient cobblestone streets of Cuzco, and the ruin of all ruins, Machu Pichu.