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Just Back From Peru…and the Amazon!

 

Peru may be easy to get to with a direct flight into Lima, but stepping off the plane feels like entering a world apart. Lima, often overlooked as a transition city, proved to be a revelation. With its colonial architecture, bustling markets, and world-class dining scene, it’s no wonder it’s been dubbed the foodie capital of South America. 

 

Despite being just a 6.5-hour flight from Atlanta and sharing the same time zone as the Eastern United States, it feels like a world away. This dichotomy is perhaps most evident in the contrasting landscapes of the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu.

 

My journey into the heart of the Amazon was a revelation. From the moment I set foot on a three-night luxury “floating hotel”, we were off the grid. With just 22 cabins, a world-class chef, and expert guides, we were set to experience all the Amazon had to offer. Venturing deep into the rainforest, I marveled at the sloths, monkeys, birds, and the planned piranha fishing adventure. Later, a walking safari led us to a local Shaman, who taught us the ways of the Incas and their beliefs in natural medicine.

 

Nestled in the Andes at an altitude of 11,000 feet, Cusco is a place of unparalleled beauty and historical significance. Aware of the potential challenges posed by high altitude, we ensured our clients’ comfort by providing oxygen in their rooms and for use during their stay, allowing them to acclimate to the altitude with ease.

 

As we explored the different ways to reach Machu Picchu, we discovered that each option offered its own unique blend of adventure and luxury. You can take a four-day hike along the legendary Inca Trail, complete with luxury camping and gourmet meals, or take a scenic train journey from Cusco to the halfway point and hike the rest of the way.  Our local partner was set to tailor the journey to our needs. And with meticulous attention to detail, we ensured that timing was on our side, never missing a beat when it came to train schedules and timed entries into Machu Picchu.

 

Arriving at the Sun Gate, the main entrance to Machu Picchu was the pinnacle of my Peruvian adventure, standing atop the ancient vista of Machu Picchu. It’s no wonder this iconic site is on everyone’s bucket list. 

 

In the end, my journey through Peru was a testament to the complexity and beauty of this remarkable country. As we reflect on our experiences, we are reminded once again of the importance of working with a knowledgeable and experienced professional when exploring destinations of such depth and complexity. Because when it comes to experiencing Peru, there’s simply no room for guesswork.