My Peruvian Experience...
Highs: Getting to see Machu Picchu with my own eyes; ceviche; taking a plane from Cusco to Lima.
Lows: The annoying people in Cusco trying to sell you things.
Best Moment: Basking in my glory of hiking the short-but-steep Waynapicchu (while also being
Craziest Moment: Literally feeling the pain it was taking to breathe as I had to run to catch my
train in Aguas Calientes (I made it with only one minute to spare). The pain persisted for the rest of
the day/night making every single breath strenuous.
Smells: Street work in Cusco; street food.
Sounds: 'Want massage?'; 'Want a postcard?'; 'Want to see my paintings?'; waves crashing in Lima.
Sights: Machu Picchu ($40 US entrance fee); Islas Flotantes in Lake Titicaca; women walking
around Cusco with llamas; walking down the coastline in the Miraflores section of Lima; cevicherias.
Tastes: Ceviche with sweet potatoes; trout; coca candies; coca chocolate; coca tea; suspiro de
limeña; tropical fruits.
Purchases: Wool hat; wool gloves; wool socks.
Street Food: Corn; fruit; popcorn.
Different Food Finds: Cuy (i.e. guinea pig); alpaca; black corn on the cob in the grocery store.
Western Companies Out Here: McDonald's; Burger King; Pizza Hut; Papa John's; Gold's
Gym; Martinizing (all in Lima); Hooter's; Starbuck's; Tony Roma's; Dunkin' Donuts.
Other General Info...
Visa needed? No.
Type of currency? Peruvian Soles. About 3 soles is equal to $1 US.
Wallet Friendly? Yes. Extremely! A great meal might cost $3-4; a nice place to stay is $10.
Things Peru Is Known For: Macchu Picchu; Inca Trail; ceviche.
Costs: $500 (including flight, buses, Machu Picchu)