Monday, December 19, 2011

TexanTreks is heading to Peru

Yes that's right. We're heading to Peru. Lima, Cuzco, Aguas Calientas, Machu Picchu. Definitely looking forward to an amazing trip!

All my friends ask "How did you decide to go to Peru?" Well it is kinda of complicated, but I guess not so much. My plan is to take a great adventure every year. Most likely January (weather permitting).

Last year I hit London and Paris for ten days. The original plan was to visit Egypt this year. Unfortunately it is just not safe to head to that part of the world right now with the revolutions and protests going on.

I've always been infatuated with the pictures and history channel shows about Machu Picchu. A truly fascinating place. Well I was bored one evening and started doing some basic research on the internet. The more surfing around I did, the more I thought to myself "Hey, I can do this."

So I began putting together a basic timeline for the trip. First I had to make sure my American Airlines miles were going to be able to get there. Check. Good to go.

Then I had to decide where to visit. Lima. For sure. Cuzco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Most definitely. Then the highlight of the trip. Machu Picchu. A couple of days at each would be good I though making a seven day tour.

Where to stay. Where to stay.

If you want, things can be quite affordable in Peru. The exchange rate of the Sole to the US dollar is quite favorable. If you want you can find hostels and hotels in the $30 a night range that look quite comfortable. We are going to splurge a bit (in Peru terms), but in US dollar terms we are staying at very nice hotels at extremely reasonable rates.

TexanTreks was able to find English speaking hotels that offered breakfast and amenities such as free wifi. We'll review our lodging in the trip reports that will come.

You'll definitely want to come back in January as the trip reports flow in from our Peru adventure. It should be EPIC!

Here's a basic timeline of the Peru Trip:
Day 1 travel day
Day 2 Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. Pisac ruins and shopping at Pisac market.
Day 3 Ollantaytambo Sacsayhuaman. Plaza de Armas
Day 4 train to Aguas Calientas. afternoon tour Macchu Pichu. hike Sun Gate.
Day 5 Machu Picchu all day. hike Huayna Picchu. train to Cuzco
Day 6 fly to Lima. Museum de Oro. check out the beach
Day 7 Lima. shopping. Plaza Mayor. San Francisco Monastery
Day 8 travel day

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