Now before I went, I tried to find blogs written by travelers who had done the trip before and found they were scarce. (Blogs, not travelers). So, if my little recount helps anyone at all, that would rock my world.
This was one of the best trips I have ever taken. And I've had the good fortune to travel quite a bit. I choose to go with G Adventures (formerly called Gap Adventures) although there are two reputable Peruvian guides we heard good things about too - Llama Path and Peru Treks.
Our group was a nice mix of Americans and Brits for the most part. Everyone was truly lovely. I think the type of person who would come on a trip like this is for the most part fun loving and easygoing, all of which were traits we found in common. Hands down, our experience would not have been the same without the awesome people we met.
To break this up a bit, I'm going to blog about the trip over a few posts. It's just too much to fit into one and I don't want anyone's eyeballs falling out :)
Days 1 and 2: Lima
We flew San Francisco - San Salvador - Lima on the redeye. Arrived in Lima around 2pm local time. I was so glad I had the foresight to book an airport transfer because we were dead tired and very disoriented. We were met by a Gap employee who drove us to our hotel in the Miraflores district. This is a new, comparatively wealthy neighborhood that borders the coast. After checking in and showering, we decided to go to the other side of town, to the old city, starting at Plaza de Armas.
My dish came with a grilled chicken breast, salad (which I didn't eat - shunned all raw veggies), french fries, rice topped with a fried egg, and a fried plaintain. Very carb heavy. You can see in the background what the bf got, seafood rice. Honestly these dishes were the only things I recognized.. pollo and arroz con mariscos! His dish was better. But, this was the beginning of A LOT OF CARBS!!! After dinner we walked around some more and called it an early night. We were trying to abstain from alcohol before the trek, therefore, didn't go to any bars.
Breakfast the next day was.....
|This dog was over 40 years old! Apparently this breed lives a looong time|
Afterwards we meandered over to the artenesarias, or outdoor marketplace where we filled up on alpaca clothing and various other knick knacks.
For lunch I was a little more adventurous and tried the local favorite, lomo saltado. It's basically beef stirfry on top of french fries with rice on the side. Pretty darn tasty.