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Q & A: Peru Edition

October 24th 2012

Taryn,

Hope all’s well! So I am heading to Peru to do Machu with a few friends and trying to gather as much info and tips as I can now, as we plan it out. Please pass along anything/everything, I’d really appreciate your thoughts.

KH

A lot of my thoughts after the jump~

Hi!

You’re going to have the besttt time in Peru!

The cheapest flights are into Lima and I suggest spending 3-4 days there experiencing the fun nightlife and great food.

From Lima, you’ll fly to Cusco, one of my fave spots in South America and the beginning of your journey to Machu Picchu (or as the locals call it, MaPi). I would suggest doing the original Inca Trail…it’s a four day hike through all of the ruins culminating in the final trek. If you want something even more intense, check out the seven day Mountain Lodges of Peru tour.

Speaking of MaPi, make sure you get there early (like 4am early) so you can score a pass as soon as it opens to the higher mountain of Waynapicchu. They only let 400 people up every day and it is so worth it to be one of them.

Also, it’s important to remember that the altitude in Cusco can take a day or two to get used to, so factor that in before heading out.

If you have extra time I suggest taking a trip from Cusco to Puno (about 7 hours by bus) to see Lake Titicaca. It’s stunning. Other hotspots: Mancora for surfing and Huacachina for its famous sandboarding.

In terms of hotels…I was on a budget so I did hostels but I recommend them regardless because you’ll meet so many people. Loki is the best hostel chain in Peru and there’s locations in Lima, Cusco and Mancora.

Now, for some specifics! Click click for my food/drink/sightsee reccos for Lima and Cusco.

TO-DO LIST (Cusco, Peru):

October 18th 2012

CHUG: Mate de coca. Made from the same leaves as cocaine, this delicious tea doubles as a bonafide cure for altitude sickness 

EAT: Yajuu. It may look like the culinary equivalent to Subway, but reserve judgment on this Peruvian chain until you’ve had one of their sandwiches de pollo 

EXPLORE: Pisac Markets. Hire a taxi and head an hour out of the city to this busy bazaar filled with brightly colored fruits, veggies and Alpaca wool goods.

ADVENTURE: Sacred Valley Via Ferrata & Zip Line. Rock climb high over the Sacred Valley to enjoy the stunning view and thrilling zip-line all the way down.

LUNCH: Jack’s Cafe. An institution in these parts, as evidenced by the always long-wait. 

SPLURGE: Chicha. This fancy shmancy dinner spot is helmed by Gaston, the Anthony Bourdain of Peru

DRINK: Mama Africa. Bond with locals and travelers alike at this small scale club.

ORDER: Trout. It’s a specialty in Peru, along with guinea pig (which tastes like fatty dark-meat chicken in case you’re curious).

TO-DO List (Lima, Peru):

September 24th 2012

EAT: Granja Azul. The rotisserie chicken in Lima is some of the best in the world, and Granja Azul is the best in Lima, soo basically it’s the best rotisserie chicken in the world. 

DRINK: Huaringas. A trendy bar/restaurant famous for their Pisco Sours (the national drink of Peru)…and I’d probably have more to say if I didn’t have so many of them. 

SEE: Parque Reserva. It’s kitschy and cool, this park—with 13 fountain/light shows—is a sundown spot for couples and families alike. 

TRY: Chicha Morada. The native drink, made from purple corn, kind of tastes like a grainy grape juice—in a good way.

EAT: Cevicheria Sonia. This famous ceviche spot serves up amazingly fresh fish and a supercute band of old guys strumming on the cajons. 

CLUBS: Gotica. As its name suggests, the glamorous club is a gothic-themed hotspot 

BEACH: Asia. This supercool stretch of sand, an hour and a half from the city center, is Lima’s equivalent to the Hamptons.

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