Peru Journals

Tales of a Travelling Englishman (Part 11 - Peru)

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A July 2006 trip to Peru by Shady Ady

Machu Picchu Photo, Cusco, Peru More Photos
Quote: A week by week account of my travels throughout the world. This chapter focuses on my trip to Peru on the trail of Inca ruins.

Inka Lodge

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The Park of Love Photo, Lima, Peru
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Inka Lodge was voted 2nd Best Hostel for Latin America in 2005 by HostelWorld.com, and this was the main reason my girlfriend and I decided to choose this as our base during our stay in Lima. From my experience here, it definitely deserved its accolade.The hostel is perfectly located in the upper-class Miraflores district of Lima, safe 24 hours a day. Within the local vicinity and within quick and easy walking distance is Miraflores Central Park, the Inca ruins of Huaca Pucllana, the main commercial district with shops and restaurants, and only 7 blocks away is the Pacific Ocean. The airport is a 30 minute drive away, and if needed, Inka Lodge can arrange airport transfers for $6 per person (m...Read More

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Inka Lodge
Elias Aguirre 278
Lima, Peru
+51 1 242 6989

San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs

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Anyone who visits should make time in their itinerary for a visit here. San Francisco Monastery and Church is most famous for its catacombs, containing the bones of an estimated 25,000 bodies, which were originally buried in pits and covered with lime. Built in 1673, it is a fine example of the Baroque architectural style and is one of the best preserved colonial churches in Lima. It withstood the earthquakes of 1687 and 1746, but did suffer damage in 1970.The catacombs, only discovered in 1951 were Lima's first cemetery and the narrow hallways beneath the church are lined on each side with bones. Once down inside these hallways, it becomes very eerie, especially when peering through the archw...Read More

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San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs
Central Lima
Lima, Peru

Week 44b & 45 - Bloodshot Eyes (Peru)

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Machu Picchu Photo, Cusco, Peru
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It’s been two weeks since I arrived in Peru, and seeing that I am now in Ecuador I thought it was about time to fill you in on recent events. I will try and keep any comments about scenery and places to a minimum so not to bore anyone, but if anybody wants to know more, then I could easily bore your glass eye to sleep with my Peruvian conversations!The actual flight from Costa Rica to Peru was a little nerve-wrecking as for some reason I was only given a standby ticket for the 2nd leg of the journey from Bogotá, Columbia, even though I bought my ticket 8 months ago. Even without a valid ticket, I still managed to go past all the security checks unquestioned. The Colombian army guards manning t...Read More

Chicha - Tasting the Local Brew

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Pisaq Photo, Peru, South America
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When in Peru there is one thing that I can highly recommend trying, if only for the cultural experience. That is the traditional local brew that goes by the name of Chicha. Chicha is an alcoholic drink made from fermented maize and there is now way of knowing exactly how alcoholic it is as it all depends on how long it has been left to ferment.I have to admit, it’s a little difficult to explain the taste and if I try then I will probably put you off wanting to try it! I would say the closest resemblance is mixing the taste of maize (obviously!) and vodka together. Please don’t let this put you off though as it is a remarkably thirst quenching drink and is known in Peru as the local version of ...Read More

Peru Gateway Tour Company

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Machu Picchu Photo, Cusco, Peru
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I think in the process of finding the perfect holiday in Peru, I managed to email around 30 different tour companies and agencies. In the end, my girlfriend and I decided to choose Peru Gateway Travel, not based upon price, but upon customer service, instinct, and information given to us.The prices offered to us by Peru Gateway were certainly not the cheapest, paying $374 per person for the itinerary that we wanted. For this we received the following:Day 1: Lima City Tour.Day 2: Cusco City Tour.Day 3: Machu Picchu Tour (travelling Backpacker Class).Day 4: Maras Saltmines and Moray Agricultural Site Private Tour.Day 5: Sacred Valley Tour.For the same itinerary, w...Read More

Cruz Del Sur - Peruvian Luxury Travel

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Although flying around Peru is by far the easiest means of getting around, travelling by land allows you to see so much more of the country, a country that has so much to offer. Normally, being the tight-fisted man that I am, I would choose the cheapest bus, taking the longest time, just to save a few dollars. Luckily, my girlfriend has shown me the importance and enjoyment of splashing out from time to time, and so on this occasion I decided to do so, choosing the bus company Cruz Del Sur to take me from Lima to Nasca.I have often thought that bus rides in England could be comfortable, even on the National Express, but I have never been met with such luxury as with Cruz Del Sur. Each bus ...Read More