I’m back after an extended hiatus and eventually I’ll explain what happened, but for now, it’s time for a long overdue post…
As most of you know, I went to Peru towards the end of Summer and I never actually wrote a travel post like I did with the other places I visited. So, no time like the present, eh?
Since it was essentially a 16 day trip, I’m not going to take you through the ins and outs of each day, but I’m going to show you the highlights of Cusco and Puno and then have a small montage of photos of the sights I saw during the Salkantay Trek.
We started and ended our trip in Cusco, so it holds a pretty special place in my heart. It was my first exposure to Peruvian culture and although a lot of the city was extremely touristy, we managed to find a small square which seemed fairly authentic.
The square consisted of shops situated around an open area where alpacas and a llama grazed, and the majority of the wares in the store were made by the women in this small community. I bought almost all of my souvenirs here and we were even allowed to feed the alpacas!
As well as generally meandering through the city, we also had time to do a chocolate making course at ChocoMuseo, which was hella fun.
We then decided to spend a couple of days in Puno, which is a city on Lake Titicaca. Although much of the city itself was kind of run-down, there were a few hidden gems.
For instance, the ‘Casa de Corregidor’ is a small artisanal handicrafts market, which is particularly known for its alpaca wool and leather goods shop.
Naturally, a trip to Puno also wouldn’t be complete without seeing the famous floating islands, so we went on a little one-day boat excursion.
We saw Los Uros, and the inhabitants showed us how they built the island and then they took us for a ride in their ‘gondolas’. The whole experience was magical.
On one of our final days in Peru, we took a bus to the Sacred Valley so we could finish off our souvenir shopping and continue to stuff our faces with empanadas.
I think that’s it for the highlights of my travels around Peru so I’ll leave you with some of my favourite photos from the trek! (I’ll be nice to y’all and consciously leave out the grotesque pictures of my body giving up on me and falling apart)
p.s I’m back for the long haul so the next post will be either a fashion one, or a reblogged article : )