We have just checked into the hotel in Lima... its 3:50am here and we are leaving the hotel for our first day in Peru at 10:30am. Two long flights but thankfully they were uneventful. 5.5 hr. from Toronto to San Salvador, 1 layover, then 4:15 hr. to Lima. Its hot and humid!! We are tired but excited for our adventure to begin in earnest!!!
Today ... Monday we had a chance to sleep in until 9ish then had a nice continental breakie (with eggs). A walking tour of the local area and then onto the bus to go into the heart of the city. Interesting to see the huge amount of European influenced architecture. Our guide, Daniela, took us to a market where she allowed us to try a variety of Peruvian fruits. Some interesting flavours and textures!
For lunch the specialty was beef heart... I was proud that several of our group ventured out of their comfort zone and tried it. This afternoon we visited a monastery and its catacombs. We are now back for a quick rest and then walking to dinner.
The internet is not very good here so please do not worry if you do not hear from us for a few days... we are trying.
We flew to Cuzco this morning. Just a couple of us feeling a slight headache but no serious altitude sickness issues. We visited a beautiful monastary built on top of ancient Inca temples. For lunch we ate at a pizzaria and then headed to a Peruvian market. Lots of interesting blankets, jewelry t shirts. We did not buy much just yet... Ok... talk about getting out of your comfort zone. Most of the group tried , wait for this... roasted Guinea pig. Yup, that is correct. There are lots of photos floating around. Tonight's hotel is basically a resort. Large rooms, hot water immediately games area and walking paths. We are in the Sacred Valley.
Internet here is also sketchy...
We are tired and having a great time.
Day 5: A bus ride up to the salt mines and archeological sites of |Maras and Moray. Absolutely spectacular. The mines are all done by hand and there are over 3000 small terraces. The Inca made "greenhouse" was used to experieint with different crops at different elevations so that when the Incans conquered new areas they would be able to grow suitable crops to keep their people fed. Pretty impressive for such a long time ago. This afternoon we stopped at a womens' cooperative where they weave sheep's wool, alpacha wool and make fabulous rugs, belts, baskets, etc. It is organized, and run by women helping each other to improve their lot in life as well as pass on their traditions to younger generations. We had a chance to see how they dye the wool, spin it and weave it into products. Lots of s hooping took place... Tonight we are having a bond fire and roasted marshmellows. It will be an early start as we are heading to Machu Picchu!!!