Andean Explorations – 2: Highlights

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Here is a quick summary of my trip:

My first day was in Miraflores, an uptown district of Lima, the capital of Peru. I was thrilled right from day one, because this whole trip was such a spontaneous one!

↑ Miraflores and the Pacific Ocean Front

Arequipa is an artist town. I was pulled into one Christian rock show and then several people were simply jamming together with guitars, flutes, drums and other instruments at the central Plaza.

↑ Plaza de Armas (Central Square), Arequipa

Next 3 days were spent trekking in Colca Canyon – the deepest canyon in the world and a habitat for Condors.

↑ Descending into the Colca Canyon

Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, is a quiet little town with nothing much to do other than catching some sleep and doing laundry (and seeing penis status in a village nearby.)

↑ View of Puno town from neighboring hill

I spent the next 2 days staying with Quechuan villagers on islands in lake Titicaca, the highest inhabitated lake in the world.

↑ Islands on lake Titicaca

If you haven’t been to Machu Picchu, what did you do in Peru?

↑ Machu Picchu, the lost city of Incas, hidden between clouds

The Sacred Valley of the Incas has several ruins and wonderful architectural and historical sites.

↑ Pisac, a town in Sacred Valley

Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, is very touristy city. This was my last night in the interior of Peru and I was so disappointed to go back.

↑ Plaza de Armas, Cusco

I spent my last day in the colonial quarters of Lima before heading back to Toronto.

↑ Central Lima

Detailed posts on each of these places, and many more will follow over next few weeks. Hopefully I am able to maintain blogging pace. Thanks for your patience πŸ™‚

This post is part of my Peru travel series: Travel stories | Photo gallery