A few memories of my lovely trip to Peru
We flew with British Airways Club Class ..they have recently started a direct service to Lima ...... The Club Lounge at Gatwick is not so special they use the No1 lounge so very busy indeed ...... Always good to have lots of room in Club Class though for a long 12hr+ flight
Lima is a very big busy city with lots of Corporate Companies headquarters situated in the financial district but parks,galleries shops and restaurants make it pleasant.
Downtown Lima also known as the city of the Kings and a UNESCO world heritage site has a beautiful square with a beautiful cathedral and other buildings....Lunch was taken at the lovely setting of Cafe Larco in the Larco Museum ...really recommended.
I very much liked the area or Miraflores which is situated down by the ocean and really more for tourists a nice ocean front with restaurants very trendy for Sunday Lunch and watching the surfers. We stayed at the Westin Lima.
Transfers in and from the city can be long especially in the rush hour due to the same traffic problems as most city's in the world, traffic ...it is worked well by traffic police directing the flow.
Visited the famous Maras salt planes where the finest salt in the world is extracted quite a walk down to them but well worth it...you can buy everything salt .....pink salt, garlic salt etc etc..Amazing site very unique...
En route we visited Moray enormous circular and semi circular agricultural terraces overlooking the Urubamba Valley used by the Incas as a botanical laboratory ....amazing all those years ago !
The expedition train from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes was an experience the station was so busy but allocated seats . On arrival really crazy as such a small station so many people being met but cases already taken from the train in an orderly fashion for travellers to collect.
A very busy town as the buses go to and from Machu Picchu long queues at both ends of the day but very orderly and the queues go very quickly due to so many buses..... The drive up and down is so beautiful but a little scary ..... Must have your passport to enter the site. We stayed at the Sol y Luna.
Machu Picchu .....amazing as you would imagine ...lots of photo opportunities but a tourist trail that has many staff patrolling so you cannot venture from the path ........I would recommend clients to stay in the hotel at the site The Belmond Macho Picchu Pueblo Hotel so that you could perhaps have an hour after the last bus has left to find some peace and really take in the amazing sites and atmosphere. An incredible experience a real bucket list must !
Train journey to Poroy (Cuzco) approximately 3.30hr beautiful journey through wonderful scenery with entertainment and a fashion show ? Come on British Railways a great idea! The staff put in so much effort.
A great city....we visited Koricancha Temple, an old Incan Palace......the main square very vibrant with a fantastic huge church has an amazing "Pope Mobile " all made from silver ! Had lunch at PachaPapa restaurant and then visited Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks but great sights over the huge city the view of the airstrip is a little worrying if you are a nervous flyer ...I think it is one of the most dangerous landing and departure air strips in the world ! .......We also visited Qenko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachav important centres for the Incas.
We stayed at the Palacio Del Inka .
Train journey to Puno on the Andean Explorer .....a 10 hour journey but goes remarkably quickly ...very much like the Orient Express but if it had glass domes would be so much nicer for viewing the amazing scenery ....travels through the magnificent Andes Mountain Range stops at La Raya 4300 metres above sea level .... 3 course lunch is served and afternoon tea plus 3/4 shows for entertainment also travels through markets with traders almost on the track .... the whole experience was a highlight of the trip would recommend this as a must do . A lovely way to travel to Puno.
Esteves Island / Puno / Lake Titicaca
Very high altitude 3050 metres above sea level ....hotels and transport look after tourists very well who might suffer with altitude sickness ....Ozygen bottles and trained tourist doctors that have everything required to deal with emergencies ..we were given small canisters of Ozygen a little like Ashma cartridges that work well .
Uros Islands ......UNESCO heritage sight ...Islanders live according to-traditions and beliefs according to their ancestors ...man made floating islands in the middle of the lake living on Tortola reed platforms ....they can make them as large or small as they want ...fall out with your mother in law and just cut here free....They make and sell handicrafts really pretty things you can dress as they do and visit the insides of their homes and you are shown how they make their reed platforms . You can have an excursion on the unique boats to the main island ...can stay overnight .....
Taquile Island ... Very old culture they make lovely outfits and a visit to the community of Huayllano for lunch and an insight into their handicrafts ...again you can stay here for the night very unique and comfortable great for the amazing night skies .....
Stayed at The Libertador Puno .
On route to the airport to transfer via Lima to London we visited Sillustani archeological site .....high stone burial towers with a lovely view of Lake Umayo...Back To Blog