Monthly Archive: June 2017

Peru Uncovered with Contiki

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.

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Here are some of my highlights:

The beautiful Plaza Mayor in Lima

Loved seeing the paragliding on the Lima coast

IMG_9683I was lucky to get Flor again as my tour manager! Here we are in Arequipa

IMG_9666One of the many great meals we had – Ceviche!

IMG_9673Some funny ad with llamas
IMG_9656The Queso Helado was delicious – They hand churn it and it looks like cheese afterwards

IMG_9680Beautiful grounds at our hotel in Arequipa 

IMG_9723We made a stop for some coca tea and they had lambs we could snuggle with

IMG_9780One of my favorite photos — this llama’s face cracks me up!

IMG_9749The tallest point we visited – over 19,000 feet! I was not feeling well haha

IMG_9766The volcano view from our hotel

IMG_9824The little alpaca I met named Blanca

IMG_9842Our fun group! One of the best I’ve traveled with!

IMG_9831One of the many beautiful stops – it was cold and I think I was a little sick from the altitude still

IMG_9893Beautiful lunch on Lake Titicaca

IMG_9917I got to play soccer with the locals

IMG_9867We visited this island made from reeds and these ladies welcomed us with open arms!

IMG_9948The group at ancient ruins in Raqchi 

IMG_0067Beautiful view in Ollantytambo

IMG_0061Trying one of the local foods – Guinea Pig!

IMG_0101Foggy morning view at Machu Picchu

IMG_9986Beautiful view of Cusco

IMG_0209View from our jungle lodge – One wall was open!

IMG_0604Last views of the jungle!

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!