Category: Peru

Peru – Lake Titicaca

Just saying the name Lake Titicaca out loud is enough to bring a smile to your face.  Don’t worry – Spanish speakers find the name a little ridiculous themselves, and many Peruvians were quick to […]

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu… just a whisper of its name brings to mind an ancient lost city in the mountainous jungle that slept for centuries under vine cover, waiting patiently to be rediscovered.  Indiana Jones, eat your heart out!  It seems only befitting that this archaeological treasure trove be approached in the traditional way, on foot via the Inca Trail – a 4-day trek at altitude through steep terrain, where you feel just like the ancient Incas must have felt when they finally broke through the jungle after such a long walk to find a shining city on a hill.

Cusco: Ancient Incan Capital

Cusco – ‘Bellybutton’ of the Inca Empire The name Cusco actually means “bellybutton” in Quechua, the language of the Incas.  They named their capital city aptly, as it sat in the dead center of their […]

Lima:  Lovely Coastal Capital

Lima We flew into Lima after sunset, so it was difficult to appreciate the geography of the city in the dark.  That said, as we drove in from the airport, it was clear that while […]