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Location: Callao

Day 1 - 15 May 2022

Jorge Chavez International Airport

Callao, Jorge Chavez International Airport

Content: It took us almost 12 hours to fly from Madrid to Lima, excluding the connecting flight from London...needless to say we were EXHAUSTED upon arriving in Peru but the excitement and adrenaline kept us going strong 😅

Location: Provincia de Lima

Day 1 - 15 May 2022

Miraflores

Provincia de Lima, Miraflores

Content: We had around 8 hours stopover before our flight to Cusco, so we decided to rent a car from the airport and head into Lima. While this may not be an option for everyone, we are quite used to doing this and found it a rather fun experience. The cost was around 80 USD for the amount of time we needed, plus we took our baggage with us. There is no luggage hold room at the airport contrary to what you may read online, so overall the option worked well for us. Driving around in Lima can be a little haphazard so be prepared and mindful of where you are going. We headed straight towards Miraflores, a trendy district in the Capital. We got local tourist SIMs for our stay (highly recommend) and a bite to eat. We also walked around the neighborhood and visited the Plaza de Armas, the City's main square.

Location: Callao

Day 1 - 15 May 2022

Jorge Chavez International Airport

Callao, Jorge Chavez International Airport

Content: Back at the airport.

Location: Cusco

Day 1 - 15 May 2022

Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco International Airport (CUZ)

Cusco, Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco International Airport (CUZ)

Content: We finally arrived in Cusco, the heart of the Inca civilization and the base for our Peruvian explorations during the week. We had booked our experience with Exploor Peru, who received us warmly at the airport and took us to our hotel. ❗I have linked in the Viator page for Exploor Peru throughout this itinerary but you can also check out their buzzing Instagram page, it's super detailed and hands down convinced me to book them 🌟 Note: this is a c.1 hour flight so please ignore the Travogram time 😂

Sonesta Hotel Cusco

Cusco, Sonesta Hotel Cusco
Cusco, Sonesta Hotel Cusco

Content: We checked into our hotel, located conveniently on the street that leads right into the main square in Cusco (10 mins walk). We spent the evening roaming around the market and checking out the lively atmosphere in the old town, before getting an early night's sleep to prepare for our jam-packed day tomorrow. Highly recommend staying an extra day in Cusco before starting any tours to help you acclimatise to the altitude, as Cusco is located at 3000m above sea level! You can also pick up altitude sickness pills at any local pharmacy (Sorojchi).

Location: Chinchero

Day 2 - 16 May 2022

Chinchero

Chinchero, Chinchero
Chinchero, Chinchero

Content: We had a 6:45am pickup from our hotel to commence our DAY 1 SACRED VALLEY TOUR. Our first stop was a textile factory in Chinchero where we cuddled some llamas and alpacas, and learnt about the culture of the Quechua Community, direct descendants of the Incas.

Location: Maras

Day 2 - 16 May 2022

Moray

Maras, Moray

Content: We drove towards the archeological ruins of Moray, used by the Incas for farming and crop vegetation from as early as the 12th century. There are 3 of these visible in Moray, where parts of them have been eroded over the centuries but the structures are pretty cool especially when you see them in person!

Location: Ollantaytambo

Day 2 - 16 May 2022

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo, Ollantaytambo

Content: We visited the Temple of the Sun, which I must add requires an incredibly steep climb but offers great views of the region. The temple is made up of monolithic stones and is a prime example of how the Incas lived and worked...what's more surprising is that construction during the Incan civilisation took place without the use of a single wheel!

Location: Maras

Day 2 - 16 May 2022

Maras

Maras, Maras

Content: After lunch near Ollantaytambo, we proceeded towards our final destination...the famous Salt Mines of Maras. You will see several ancient salt pools created by the Incas and still in use today. The best thing about our tour was just how immersive the entire experience proved to be, learning about Peruvian culture, both ancient and modern, while getting breathtaking and memorable pictures to treasure for years to come!

Location: Aguas Calientes

Day 3 - 17 May 2022

Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes, Aguas Calientes
Aguas Calientes, Aguas Calientes

Content: We had a 6:15am pickup from our hotel to Ollantaytambo, where we took a train operated by PeruRail towards Aguas Calientes, the base of our DAY 2 MACHU PICCHU TOUR, fully private and one of the best experiences of our lives! We had a quick bite as we waited for our bus. You will notice that the climate becomes very different to Cusco's, with a more tropical feel and lots of greenery and vegetation, due to a lower altitude.

Location: Urubamba Province

Day 3 - 17 May 2022

Machu Picchu

Urubamba Province, Machu Picchu
Urubamba Province, Machu Picchu
Urubamba Province, Machu Picchu

Content: No introduction required to this Wonder of the World. I would add that it can get super crowded but there will be lots of little paths where you can get AMAZING pictures. We had 3 options in terms of the times that we could visit: 7am, 11am, and an afternoon slot. We opted for 11am which worked perfectly for our schedule. Machu Pichuu is one of those locations where you really do feel like you've been teleported back in time, learning about the Incas who were chosen to live here and the significance of this site. In the end we also got our passports stamped which felt super special ✨ We spent 2-3 hours at Machu Pichuu, before taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes and then a train back to Ollantaytambo. We managed to get back to our hotel by 6/7pm including a bit of traffic in Cusco, which is to be expected.

Location: Quispicanchi Province

Day 4 - 18 May 2022

Vinicunca

Quispicanchi Province, Vinicunca
Quispicanchi Province, Vinicunca
Quispicanchi Province, Vinicunca
Quispicanchi Province, Vinicunca
Quispicanchi Province, Vinicunca

Content: Rainbow Mountain was the most challenging yet rewarding experience I have ever done. There are two types of mountains that you can climb (Palccoyo and Vinicunca), and, as per usual, we opted for the hardest one which we clearly underestimated 😅 Some tips: 🚗 Vinicunca is located around 3-4 hours from Cusco. We made a pitstop halfway through for breakfast at a local farm. 🧣 You have to wrap up warm, multiple layers and thermals as well as gloves! Vinicunca is at 5000m altitude. ✔️ An early pickup allows you to get to Vinicunca before majority of the other tour operators and coaches. 💲Bring some cash for the entrance (and horses)! It's a 2 hour hike to the summit if you're relatively slow and steady and you can also get a horse to help you a little bit, which we saw many people doing. This was a guided tour for us, so we felt safe and comfortable in achieving this feat! We were back in Cusco by mid afternoon, exhilarated by what we had just accomplished.

Location: Cusco

Day 5 - 19 May 2022

Cusco

Cusco, Cusco

Content: The last and final of our travels across the land of llamas, culminating in a relaxing day right in the heart of Incan civilisation. There are so many things you can do in Cusco and so I'd really recommend taking a day out to just explore. For example: 📍Visit San Blas and enjoy a coffee in one of the best artisan cafes L'Atelier Cafe Concept. 📍Take a tour of the Cusco Cathedral. 📍Check out Mercado Central de San Pedro for some quintessential Peruvian items. 📍Explore the Centro Historico De Cusco filled with narrow cobblestone streets, markers and eateries. 📍Visit Qoricancha, the most important temple in the Inca Empire.