Rich in culture, beauty, and adventure, Peru is the whole package. Our intern, Tatum, was lucky enough to spend ten fulfilling days traveling through the Southern half of Peru. Although she did get some major altitude sickness ( her highest point reaching over 13,000 feet!!), she would do it all again. Read about her Peruvian adventures below!
Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco, Peru
First stop, the Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco! I completed a walking tour held by one of the guides at our hostel (huge props to Milhouse Hostel for being the perfect hosts for this first time tourist!). At the market, you can quite literally find everything under the sun. We tasted our way through experiencing some of the strangest yet most delicious fresh fruits, veggies, and pastries. I recommend the cookie selection; for 1 sol ($0.31 USD) you can get three unbelievable treats!
Machu Picchu in Cusco, Peru
You can’t go to Peru without experiencing one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. My hopes were set high, but the views and history behind the hidden Incan ruins exceeded my expectations immensely. First off, you start in Aguas Calientes at the bottom of a mountain. Then you take a bus ride (not for the faint of heart) scaling the mountain to the entrance of Machu Picchu. There you can find Insta-worthy views, guides that tell the most beautiful stories of the Incan people, and most importantly, llamas!
La Table del Inca in Puno, Peru
Along the coast of Lake Titicaca in the heart of Puno Peru, you can find one of the most delicious restaurants I visited on this trip called La Table del Inca. Yes, a bit strange to find a “French-Peruvian” place in such a Spanish centered town, but it did not disappoint. We splurged on a three-course meal which included wine for 80 sols (only about $25 USD)! Definitely get the fruit crumble for your dessert, which includes my favorite fruit found in Peru, the pichuberry.
Parque Kennedy in Miraflores Lima, Peru
Cat Park. I repeat, CAT PARK. Here in Parque Kennedy (named after JFK? Still confused…), you can find dozens of precious kittens you can adopt on site! As if you could need anything else besides a cuddling cat, you can also see street performers, food stands, and tons of shopping.