3 weeks in Peru

We are about to start a 3 week trip to Peru. Our trip will start in the capital, the cosmopolitan city of Lima. Afterwards we will go to Cuzco in the Andes mountains, where we are also planning to visit Machu Picchu and the Rainbow Mountain. We will also spend a few days in Arequipa, Peru's second biggest city. Finally the plan is to soak some sun in Máncora in the north of country.

Next Saturday marks the start of our 3 week long trip to Peru in South America.

The plan is to first visit Lima for a few days. Lima is the capital of Peru and it lies by the sea on the top of a cliff. Lima is also known as the gastronomic capital of South America.

Lima is the capital of Peru and is located on top of a cliff facing the sea

Some popular dishes are for example ceviche (fish cooked in lime juice and served with sweet potato and corn), anticuchos (beef hearts on a skewer) and lomo saltado (juicy strips of sirloin stir-fried over pieces of tomato, bell pepper, onion and potato wedges).

Peruvian ceviche
Lomo saltado

After that we will go to Cuzco, which is known as the archaeological capital of the Americas and the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. It is located at an elevation of 3326m and it is bustling with cultural heritage and Incan handicrafts.

From Cuzco, we will go to Machu Picchu, the “lost city of the Incas” and one of the great wonders of the world. We are also planning to visit the Rainbow Mountain, a mountain range that gets its colors from a variety of minerals such as copper, iron, hematite and sulfur. The mountain range is 5200m tall, so hopefully we will not suffer from altitude sickness.

Machu Picchu – the lost city of the Incas
Rainbow mountain – colorful mountain range at 5200m above sea level

After Cuzco, we will spend a few days in Arequipa, which is Peru’s next biggest city. Its city center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it has the mighty El Misti volcano as a backdrop. The area around Arequipa is also home to one of the world’s deepest canyon – the Cañon del Colca.

The cathedral of Arequipa, with the volcano “El Misti” in the background

Finally, we will spend a few days in Máncora, in the North of Peru, which has some of the best beaches in Peru and is well known for surfing. The plan is to relax here, soak some sun and enjoy good seafood before returning to Norway on the 5th of December.

The beach of Máncora in the north of Peru

Stay tuned for more photos and updates as our trip proceeds.

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