Magical Peru: Trekking to Machu Picchu + Lima + Cusco

Justine Thorner

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Justine Thorner

 
An incredible trip to Peru with my 2 cousins who have been lifelong travel partners of mine! We did Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu. We took the Salkantay Pass route (3 days, 2 nights) to Machu Picchu. It was quite challenging, but an incredible experience.

Hotel in Cusco - Casona Les Pleiades

Hotel Casona Les Pleiades, Calle Tandapata, Cusco, Peru

Centrally located, very nice staff, simple hotel. They were very nice to hold our luggage while we went on a 4 day trek to Machu Picchu.

The Salkantay Trekking Company

Salkantay Trekking, Cusco, Peru

Great company to book through! Our guide, David, was really amazing, knowledgable and supportive throughout the trek. The chef was amazing, every meal we had was really good, and there was more than enough food. This company provides all gear: walking sticks, tents, sleeping bags, food, etc. Highly recommend them!

The Salkantay Trek - 3 full days!

Salkantay Trail, Anta Province, Cusco, Peru

Challenging, but amazing trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu! We did the 3 day, 2 night variation. Expect to hike/walk A LOT - 10 hr/day! You sleep in small villages throughout the Andes. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Day 2 is really challenging due to elevation and continue to climb higher. We opted for a horse ride for half this day up the mountain which was really amazing also. You're woken up at 5 am with Coca Tea, and a warm breakfast. There is a stop along the way for luncher and little stops for snacks.

Chocolate Making Class in Cusco

ChocoMuseo, Calle Garcilaso, Cusco, Peru

Very fun chocolate making class!

Amazing Tasting Dinner at Gastrid y Aston in Lima

Astrid y Gastón, Avenida Paz Soldan, San Isidro, Peru

Food was delicious!

Surfing in Miraflores in Lima

Cto. de Playas de la Costa Verde 4417, Cercado de Lima 15074, Peru

Head down to the beach, rent surfboards or grab a lesson and hop in the water! There are a few little surf schools right on the sand. Don't swallow any water or you'll risk getting sick!

Hotel in Miraflores - The Dazzler

Dazzler Lima, Avenida José Pardo, Lima District, Peru

Nice hotel in Miraflores with a rooftop pool! They serve a great breakfast, and the staff are ver nice.

Great restaurant in Cusco

Granja Heidi, Cuesta de San Blas, Cusco, Peru

Really good food and wine with a nice, quiet atmosphere.

The San Pedro Market - Cusco

San Pedro Market, Cascaparo, Cusco, Peru

Great market with tons of awesome handmade crafts! Explore and definitely pick up crafts/handmade goods to bring home!

Tour of the Sacred Valley, Cusco Area

Sacred Valley, Urubamba Province, Cusco, Peru

There are ton of Incan ruins and awesome sites to see along the sacred valley. Book a tour through your hotel or in Cusco!

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, Urubamba Province, Cusco, Peru

AMAZING! Incredible experience to be here and learn about this site. Take it all in. Do some of the hikes around Machu Picchu if you're feeling up for it.

Fun Bar in the Barranco District in Lima

Ayahuasca, Avenida San Martin, Barranco District, Peru

The Barranco District is a fun place to go out at night in Lima. This was one of the bars we liked! Boucne around this area - most of the bars are all on one street.

 

Hotel in Cusco - Casona Les Pleiades

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Hotel Casona Les Pleiades, Calle Tandapata
Centrally located, very nice staff, simple hotel. They were very nice to hold our luggage while we went on a 4 day trek to Machu Picchu.
 

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The Salkantay Trekking Company

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Salkantay Trekking, Cusco
Great company to book through! Our guide, David, was really amazing, knowledgable and supportive throughout the trek. The chef was amazing, every meal we had was really good, and there was more than enough food. This company provides all gear: walking sticks, tents, sleeping bags, food, etc. Highly recommend them!
 

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The Salkantay Trek - 3 full days!

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Salkantay Trail, Anta Province
Challenging, but amazing trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu! We did the 3 day, 2 night variation. Expect to hike/walk A LOT - 10 hr/day! You sleep in small villages throughout the Andes. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Day 2 is really challenging due to elevation and continue to climb higher. We opted for a horse ride for half this day up the mountain which was really amazing also. You're woken up at 5 am with Coca Tea, and a warm breakfast. There is a stop along the way for luncher and little stops for snacks.
 

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Chocolate Making Class in Cusco

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ChocoMuseo, Calle Garcilaso
Very fun chocolate making class!
 

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Amazing Tasting Dinner at Gastrid y Aston in Lima

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Astrid y Gastón, Avenida Paz Soldan
Food was delicious!
 

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Surfing in Miraflores in Lima

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Cto. de Playas de la Costa Verde 4417, Cercado de Lima 15074
Head down to the beach, rent surfboards or grab a lesson and hop in the water! There are a few little surf schools right on the sand. Don't swallow any water or you'll risk getting sick!
 

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Hotel in Miraflores - The Dazzler

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Dazzler Lima, Avenida José Pardo
Nice hotel in Miraflores with a rooftop pool! They serve a great breakfast, and the staff are ver nice.
 

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Great restaurant in Cusco

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Granja Heidi, Cuesta de San Blas
Really good food and wine with a nice, quiet atmosphere.
 

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The San Pedro Market - Cusco

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San Pedro Market, Cascaparo
Great market with tons of awesome handmade crafts! Explore and definitely pick up crafts/handmade goods to bring home!
 

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Tour of the Sacred Valley, Cusco Area

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Sacred Valley, Urubamba Province
There are ton of Incan ruins and awesome sites to see along the sacred valley. Book a tour through your hotel or in Cusco!
 

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Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu, Urubamba Province
AMAZING! Incredible experience to be here and learn about this site. Take it all in. Do some of the hikes around Machu Picchu if you're feeling up for it.
 

View on Map

 

Fun Bar in the Barranco District in Lima

Drink
Ayahuasca, Avenida San Martin
The Barranco District is a fun place to go out at night in Lima. This was one of the bars we liked! Boucne around this area - most of the bars are all on one street.
 

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