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  • Dalit Gliksman

A Spiritual Journey to Peru

Updated: Feb 27, 2019

Discover the flavors of Lima and the ancient history of Machu Picchu.

Start your trip from Lima. Stay at Tierra Viva Mira Flores a five-stars experience. Lima is known for its great food, so eat ceviche everywhere you can. Visit the Peruvian hipster-style Barranco neighborhood. Try Bosco Magico Ice Cream and for fancy dinner dine at Amoramar, Central or Astrid y Gaston. For local ceviche eat at El Mercado.

Take a taxi to Plaza de Armas and Santo Domingo.

Lima, peru

Catch a one hour flight to Cuscu. Stay at Tierra Viva San Blas, if you choose different hotel make sure to stay in San Blas Neighborhood. Cuscu altitude is 3,300m high and you might feel a bit tired. Before planing any hiking, adjust to the altitude. (If you're suffering from altitude sickness, advice a doctor for suitable treatment) You can spend a few weeks in Cuscu before you even notice. The magic of the city and the variety of trails is endless; Rainbow Mountain, Maras, Laguna 69 (only if you're not suffering from altitude sickness. It's a one day hike to 4,500m high), Humantay Lake and many more. Explore San Pedro market for local goods, crafts and gifts. Hang out at beautiful San Blas Centro Historico and eat at Barrio Ceviche for a fancy dinner. Taste the incredible pastries and Acai Bowl at Qura. Eat at Jardin Organico for Healthy Lunch or Dinner.

San Blas, Cuscu, Peru

From Cuscu take the luxurious Peru Rail to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu hometown), that's a really exciting ride (book in advance it's expensive). We stayed at Mama Simona Hostel which was perfect; clean, friendly and have everything you need.

There is not much to do in Aguas Calientes beside preparing for the trek, buying tickets and exploring the town, but we found a tiny butterfly garden named Mariposa - worth a visit.

I recommend visiting or staying one night at Ollantaytambo, a very nice town nearby.

You will be surprised to know that the altitude of the Machu Picchu is much lower than Cuscu (So no need for chill pills). The hike is not too difficult and fits all ages. We also climbed the mountain, which is more challenging but manageable.

Make sure to purchase the earliest tickets for both Machu Picchu and the mountain. Tickets for the bus available in town.

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