Trip Start Dec 12, 2010
216Trip End Dec 16, 2012
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Firstly I would like to declare that the typical photos you see of Peru in travel brochures, Lonely planets etc. do not represent the majority of Peru. Most of Peru is desert, barron landscapes and busy cities. Most of Peru is not like Machu Pichuu, but most of Peru is still a phenomenal place.
Take Nazca for example, dry, dusty plains and only from the air can you view the mysterious Nazca lines, pictures/figures that had been carved into the rugged ground for a birds eye view. To this day it is still not known why these lines were put there, but thousands of people take a flight in a light aircraft to view the 12 figures from the sky. We took this opportunity which was a phemomenal experience.
Barron is a word you associte with associate with deserts, but not with the beach, unless you are talking about Peru. Puerto Inca is a beautiful beach location in a small bay looking out into the Pacific Ocean. Rugged cliffs and barron desert surrounded the beach at Puerto Inca. It was a phenomenal place where you can chill out on a secluded beach, or hike on the surrounding cliffs while viewing Inca Ruins without anyone else around.
Listing beautiful cities always includes places like Paris, Prague and Venice. Look beyond the western world and you will find Peru can add a city to the list, the city of Arequipa. Arriving from the barron landscape of the never ending Peruivan desert, Arequipa was like a breathe of fresh air. Colonial style buildings, a grand plaza in the centre and endless cafes and bars looking down into the centre of town. Tasty treats of tortas (cakes) and empanadas from the local market and well themed local restaurants serving Alpaca and Guinea Pig accompanied by a Pisco Sour. This Peruvian city is Phemomenal
Arequipa not only houses architectural beauty, but Incan history. Inside a museum is the frozen Incan Princess, Juanita, who is well preserved and has been frozen for around 500 years.Juanita was sacrificed to the gods at the crater of a volcano. Found in 1995, half her face has visible damage, however the remainder of her body has been remarkably preserved. Such a phenomenon!
So as we head to the green Peruvian landscape that most people associate with Peru, we remember the rest of the phenomenal landscape that is most of Peru.