It’s been a year and a half since my epic solo trip to Peru. It included hiking the Inca trail and visiting the basin of the Amazon jungle. The country had a profound effect on me. In fact, I wrote my first ever blog titled, Three things I learned on my trip to Peru.
It was an extraordinary experience and a trip I will never forget. Here’s why I still have a love affair with this beautiful country:
Magnificent landscape: I was fortunate enough to hike the Inca trail which took four days. The trail is 88 km in length and 2,800 metres above sea level. The air is so thin that climbing a few steps takes a lot out of you—no matter how fit you are. The most satisfying feeling was reaching the ancient city of Machu Picchu. It’s a true testament to the Inca Empire’s architectural achievements. Peru also boasts a coastal desert and the Amazon rainforest.
Friendly faces: Peruvians are incredibly friendly and gentle people. According to Peru Discovery, “nearly half of Peru’s population is of Native American origin, and many of them speak Quechua or Aymara.” Peruvians are very proud of their Inca history and will gladly share some interesting facts with you. My favourite part was visiting Cusco’s market where I was able to haggle for beautifully embroidered tapestries and silver jewellery.
Delicious food: Peru has over 3,800 different varieties of potatoes. Being half Polish (we love potatoes), I was in heaven. They vary in colour, shape and taste. After a plate full of delectable tatters, you need to quench your thirst with a Pisco sour. It’s Peru’s national drink and is made from Pisco which is a spirit made from several kinds of grapes. It’s sour and delicious. Here are the Top 10 things you should eat in Peru, courtesy of National Geographic.
Peru will always have a special place in my heart because of its natural beauty, kind people and it’s also the place where I found my inner strength. For more information about Peru, check out the following resources: