I know it’s definitely been awhile since I’ve given an update on this blog! Earlier this year, I decided to take some time off from my career to spend 6 months traveling. This trip began with the 2 week Peru Uncovered tour with Contiki. I honestly didn’t know much about Peru besides Machu Picchu. When I took my Brazil & Argentina trip, the group was continuing on to Peru and I was so jealous! I knew I had to come back and tour Peru. I remember my tour guide, Flor, told me there was so much to see in Peru, so I decided to do the whole 2 week trip in the country.
The tour started in Lima for a night, then we flew to the Arequipa region where we took a bus around the region seeing sights like Colca Canyon. Then we went to Puno where we spent the day on Lake Titicaca before making our way to Cusco for a few nights. From there, we spent a day in Ollantaytambo and took the train to Aguas Calientes where we got ready to see Machu Picchu the next morning. Then we went back to Cusco for a night and took a flight to Puerto Maldonado (the jungle) where we stayed in a jungle lodge before going home. This was a modular trip, so some people joined at Lima and stayed for the whole thing, some joined at Cusco, and some left before we went to Puerto Maldonado.
Here are some of my highlights:
The beautiful Plaza Mayor in Lima
Loved seeing the paragliding on the Lima coast
This was definitely one of the more off-the-beaten-path tours that I’ve done with Contiki. We were nearing Peru’s winter, so it was a little colder than I was used to. Also, the altitude took some adjusting to — one person on our trip had to go to the hospital because of it. I didn’t end up doing the day trek on the Inca Trail to save some money, but I’d definitely encourage anyone else taking the trip to do it. Peru ended up being a very affordable country and I only spent about half of my budget.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend Peru and the 2 week tour with Contiki. I was very surprised with how much the country had to offer and how safe I felt. I can’t wait to explore more countries in South America now!