We started in Lima for a few days. Lima is huge, which means going anywhere takes time and a savvy taxi driver.
We met up with our tour group (11 of us - a nice size group) and headed to Cusco. Cusco was by far my favorite city that we visited on the trip. The streets are original Incan streets and there is evidence of Incan structures all around.
From Cusco we drove, took a train, then drove again to Machu Picchu. This place was breath taking - in view and in walking around the ruins!
After Cusco, we drove to Puno. Unfortunately on this drive, the altitude and mountain winding roads got the best of Alex and he was sick on the bus. He was a trooper, though. In Puno we went to the Uros Islands, which are man-made floating islands built out of reeds. One would think you're stepping back in time until you see the solar panels on the islands.
From Puno we drove to Colca Canyon. Unfortunately, for me, the altitude and mountain winding roads got to me. I did not get sick until we got to our hotel. I was very thankful for that. During this drive we hit the highest point of elevation, almost 16,000 feet. We ended up staying at a beautiful resort and since I was sick, I missed out on seeing the condors flying in the canyon. I was happy to rest in a beautiful spot.
From Colca Canyon we went to Ariquipa. We were only there one day. It was a lovely city too. From Ariquipa we flew back to Lima, spent one more night with our group, then one more day in Lima. We were fortunate to have such a nice group of people to travel with. We made it through the altitude sickness issues, which really was not too bad for our group. My last day in Lima was on my birthday, so I managed to celebrate with two cakes (I shared one with my mom for her birthday)!
Fabulous trip! Wonderful memories! Great traveling companions! What more could I ask for?
How about a nice pisco sour to celebrate?! Salud!