Over seven unforgettable days, amongst new single friends, we walked the Inca and colonial streets of Cuzco, explored Lima’s Miraflores district and coastline, traversed the picturesque Sacred Valley, experienced the power and magic of Machu Picchu, hiked the challenging Huayna Picchu, and more while indulging in Peru’s world renowned cuisine paired with either a sweet Pisco Sour or a real cold Cruzcena beer. It sounds like many reasons to go, no? Is Machu Picchu, one of the new wonders of the world, on your bucket list? If so, you won’t regret it. If not, you need to add it and join STI on its next Peruvian adventure.
From all parts of the U.S. ranging from Baltimore to Chicago and even various cities in California and Arizona, we entered Lima as strangers, but left as “amiguitos” with special life changing memories and of course various artisan hand-woven Alpaca sweaters, scarfs, and rugs as well as beautiful silver jewelry.
At our farewell dinner, we toasted with Peruvian wines, pisco sours, and coca tea while sharing our most impressive moments of the trip. Although most followed the same itinerary, activities, and paths, we all came away with very distinct highlights and impressions. Some of these you would expect, but some will surprise you.
Highlights from STI’s Peru Adventure:
- Eating cuy (guinea pig) and liking it
- The look on everyone’s face when we entered Machu Picchu
- Pedicure with fishes
- Paragliding off Lima’s coastline
- Hearing the rain at 3:30am and still having friends willing to see the sunrise with me at Machu Picchu
- Climbing to the top of Huayna Picchu and surviving it
- Celebrating my birthday in Peru with new friends
- Pisco sours after the many stairs of Machu Picchu
Did the highlights twist your arm to come aboard the next STI’s Peruvian adventure? You’re sure to meet new friends, explore new places, and be amazed by Peru’s beauty, its people, and food (Yes, that includes ceviche, causa, and sometimes cuy, all washed down with pisco.)
Contributed by Heidi S, Professional Concierge and World Traveler!