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Discovering the Magic of Peru: My Solo Journey Beyond Expectations

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  • Jan 22, 2024
  • 9 min read

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Hey there, fellow adventurers! ?✈️

If you're looking for a destination that offers a blend of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes, let me take you on a journey to the heart of South America: Peru. I recently embarked on a 5-day trip to this enchanting land, and I'm here to share my experiences, tips, and some snippets from my YouTube channel, Thesoloquest, where you can get a feel of my two cities (Lima and Cuzco) Peru adventures.

Lima: The Coastal Capital - 2 Days

Day 1: Landing in Lima after a flight from NY to Texas, and then to Lima, the city's vibrant energy was palpable. My first stop was the Lima Main Square, where history and modernity coexist. The Lima Cathedral stands tall, a testament to the city's rich past. But what truly took my breath away was the view from San Cristobal Hill. Overlooking the city, it's the perfect spot for those panoramic shots and paragliding.

Day 2: A visit to the Magic Water Circuit was like stepping into a fairy tale. The illuminated fountains danced to the rhythm of music, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. The Basílica and Convent of San Francisco was next on my list. Its colonial architecture and catacombs are a must-see.

Trip's highlight: Paragliding. For those new to this activity, Paragliding is one of the most thrilling adventure sports in the world, and Peru offers some of the best paragliding experiences. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned pro, paragliding in Peru is an experience you shouldn't miss. The adrenaline rush you feel as you soar high above the Andean ranges is indescribable - a feeling you'll carry with you for a lifetime. If you're looking for an adventure that combines adrenaline and stunning views, paragliding in Peru is the answer.

Cuzco: The Heart of the Inca Empire - 3 Days

Day 3: The flight to Cuzco changed scenery and vibe. The city's cobblestone streets and colonial buildings tell tales of its Incan past. The Plaza de Armas and Inca Palace were a treat to the eyes. But the real gem? The hotel I stayed at. Tucked away from the bustling square, waking up to the view of the mountains was a moment of serenity I cherished every morning. I even had a surprise encounter with a friendly llama who posed for pictures and gave me an affectionate kiss!

Day 4: Perched atop the hills of Cuzco and Lima, the statues of Christ stand as silent guardians, overlooking the cities with an air of reverence. As I ventured closer to these towering figures during my travels, I felt a deep respect for the faith and devotion they represented, even though it differed from my own Islamic beliefs. It wasn't just the awe-inspiring architecture or the historical significance that moved me, but a sense of shared spirituality and humanity. In that fleeting moment, it felt as though the statues of Christ from both cities were extending a hand of friendship and understanding, bridging the gap between our different faiths. This profound experience remains etched in my heart, a testament to the universal language of respect and coexistence that transcends religious boundaries.

Day 5: The highlight of my trip - Machu Picchu. This UNESCO World Heritage site, often referred to as the \"Lost City of the Incas,\" is a marvel of ancient architecture and engineering. Nestled high in the Andes, Machu Picchu stands as a testament to the Inca civilization's ingenuity and resilience. The ancient city, with its intricate stone structures, temples, and terraces, is meticulously designed to harmonize with its natural surroundings. Set against the backdrop of lush green mountains and often shrouded in mist, the panoramic views from this wonder are nothing short of mystical. Every corner of Machu Picchu tells a story, making it not just a sight to behold, but a journey back in time.

Travel Tips & Memories:Travel Tips & Memories:

  • Language Barrier? No Problem! While Spanish is the primary language, my trusty Google Translator was a lifesaver.
  • Souveniers to buy: Alpaca wool products, textiles, pottery, jewelry, Cusco's market goods, Peruvian coffee, Pisco, Peruvian chocolate, Andean musical instruments, artisan crafts, Inca or Machu Picchu souvenirs, and local handicrafts.
  • Currency Hacks: Skip the exchange counters. I withdrew local currency from ATMs without any hassle.Their currency is Peruvian Sol, often represented by the symbol "S/."

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  • Embrace the Unexpected: Flight delays? It's all part of the journey. Remember, it's not just about the destination but the journey itself. I met Nikki, a yogi and vegan, during one such delay. We even tried Reiki, though it didn't quite work for me.
  • Cuzco's Unique Vibe: You'll find many vegetarians, yogis, and even practitioners of Hinduism, despite the country's Catholic roots.
  • Safety First: While some say it's not safe, my experience was quite the opposite. However, I stuck to daytime activities. Why take risks?
  • Connect: The best part of my trip? The lifelong friends I made. From fellow travelers to locals, the warmth and love I received were unparalleled.

So, if Peru is on your bucket list, don't wait! Dive into my adventures on Thesoloquest and get a closer look at Lima and Cuzco through my lens. Remember, every journey is an opportunity to discover, learn, and grow.

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Happy traveling!

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