Well – I did not need my marmalade sandwiches in Peru – we were amply fed the entire time we were away.
What a country – my first expedition to South America, and will definitely not be the last. A country of contrasts, from the deserts of southern Peru (yes, Arequipa is at the northern tip of the Atacama Desert), to the heights of the mighty Andes. We were unlucky not to see the condors fly in the Colca Canyon, but the Valley and associated history should not be missed. In my naivety (I really should have listend more closely in my history lessons), I had not realised that the great Inca civilisation had only ruled for a matter of a couple of hundred years – the pre-Inca history is every bit as interesting, and that history lives on in the present with many communities still practicing agricultural systems that have survived for hundreds of years.
Cusco and Machu Pichu are the jewels in the crown – this is an area that one would always find more to explore. The numerous ruins and temples, each with its own story, and the incredible feits of engineering employed to build them – with thought provoking names such as Saqsay Huaman (known locally as sexy woman!!).
Our trip ended with a three day stay in the depths of the Amazon basin – for birdlovers, this is a must. We even tried our hand at Piranha fishing!!
With so many stories and so much to tell, if Peru interests you, and you would prefer to avoid group travel in favour of a more independant adventure, pick up the phone and call – on 01323 446550 – or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to telling you more about this fascinating country.