I’ve been to Peru twice. The first was six years ago marking my first ever solo international adventure. This is what started it all for me. My thirst for adventure, particularly climbing mountains began on this trip. I decided to hike Machu Picchu taking the Inca trail for four days and three nights followed by a three day stay in the Amazon rainforest.
The second trip, I visited a mine site to help one of our mining clients with a consulting project. I worked for four days straight from 6:30 am until 7:30 pm 15,000 feet above sea level. Incredible! Once work was done, a coworker and I took the opportunity to enjoy Lima for a few days.
If you love adventure, hiking, architecture, history and delicious food, Peru has it covered. It is my favourite country to visit and I’m not done yet. I’d like to go back and hike a few more of their mountains.
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Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca citadel built in the 15th century. The citadel rests on a 2,430 m (7,970 ft.) mountain. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and visitors from all around the world visit. There are tight regulations now on the number of visitors per day to protect this archaeological gem. The hike was challenging but doable for beginners. You can take a train to get you there but it is far more fulfilling taking the same trail the ancient Incas took. Everyone needs to put this on their bucket list!
Lima is one of South America’s largest cities boasting a population of 9 million. It’s common to see residents surf in the early morning and heading to the office afterwards. Over the past ten years, the city has invested in building vast public parks for its residents including mountain bike tracks, outdoor work out spaces, gardens and a boardwalk all along the coastline. There are incredible restaurants overlooking the ocean in the Miraflores district which I highly recommend. Their old town which was built in the 1500s is a must-see featuring ornate Spanish colonial buildings and churches.