While living in Peru in 2008, me and my friend decided to do a spur of the moment trip outside of Lima. We had a few national public holidays in the week that was celebrating Peru’s independence. We were sitting at a café, and dear old Evan Anderson suggested we try somewhere nearby. I agreed, plus travelling in Peru was super cheap. After much research, we chose a more off the beaten track place called Paracas.
Peru is not what I would call your typical destination to spend a year abroad, but I decided why not?!
Straight after graduation, I got an offer to work in copy writing in Lima, Peru. This was 2008, I was a fresh graduate and left for this adventure with only R5000 (US$500) in my pocket, no camera and not even a computer laptop. After one year of living and working in Peru, I’ve put together this brief list of important things to know about the country. Whether you plan on going on a short or long term visit, these top 10 facts should help get you prepared for your Peruvian adventure!
In my previous post on traveling in South America, I spoke about traveling up to the amazing Machu Picchu ruins in 2008. However, to get to Machu Picchu you have to go to the old Incan capital of Cuzco. It’s only from Cuzco that you will be able to make your journey to Machu Picchu and many other amazing historical sites around the town.
Cuzco in itself is a treasure. It’s a real combination of two worlds and cultures that has co-existed and merged to what has defined the city today. Almost everyone in Peru has made a visit to Cuzco to experience the amazing heritage sites that once were home to the ruling kingdom of ancient South America.
Whether you are visiting or living in Peru, a trip to the amazing Machu Picchu is a must-see. It seems quite unconvincing for those non-conventional travelers, because of how it is over-marketed, but I cannot express how amazing this experience is for the mind and soul. You can see a 100 photos and video clips of Machu Picchu, but it will come NOWHERE close to actually seeing it with your own two eyes and setting foot upon those once sacred grounds. The experience is mind blowing and spiritually moving in such a way you’ll never forget it.