Our trip to Peru was a filled with excitement and intrigue in this wonderful part of the world.
Peru is a photographers dream, a country with incredible scenery, fabulous food, Pisco sours, history, art, architecture and warm and friendly people. Our group got to see first hand why so many choose this once in a lifetime destination, an inspiring vacation and to visit one of the 7 wonders of the world, Machu Picchu”.
Our tour included an incredible cooking class in the heart of Lima, starting with a tour through the main market in the center of town. Then onto Skykitchen where we enjoyed tasting some of the fruits, which we had seen in the market. After our delightful tasting, we made a 4 course traditional Peruvian meal. This incredible feast included homemade ceviche, causa, loma saltado and finished with picarones (Peruvian doughnuts). We all had a wonderful time!
Then the next day we were on a flight to Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu where we were quickly whisked off to the Sacred Valley so our bodies could adjust to the high altitude of 11,000 feet. We had wonderful tours through the ruins of Moray and Moras which are huge circular agricultural terraces, built on a limestone plateau. It was believed to have a mystical meaning. Then we got to see the fascinating salt mines of Moras. The next day we were off to the Pisac Market where we saw colorful goods, and produce which are still sold by the local Indians who meet to sell their merchandise, keeping the tradition, as they have done for centuries. This was a photographers dream with its many colors and traditional clothing that is worn by the locals and a variety of food as well.
Once we arrived into Aquas Caliente, which is the gateway city to Machu Picchu, we stayed in a first class hotel, which is situated in an eco friendly/rain forest that includes trails, with humming birds, waterfalls and orchids.
Everyone’s highlight, of course, was Machu Picchu, which is one of the most renowned examples of the Inca’s architecture, surrounded by an amazing landscape of lush forest. Lost in history, Machu Picchu was not discovered until 1911. I think most of our group was speechless when we reached the top of the magnificent sight! Something I am sure none of us will soon forget!
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