The last 3 weeks in Peru we travelled together with a friend from Prague. We met in Cuscoand as she had “only” 3 weeks of holidays we agreed on an intense schedule: to hike in 5 days over the Salkantay pass to Machu Picchu, to spent 4 days in the Amazon jungle and to hike another 4 days through the Santa Cruz valley in the north of the country.
When after two weeks we found ourselves in a great apartment in Lima, we realized that the program is rather intense; even though we enjoy all the mentioned places, we realized it can be exhausting as well. Specially since half our the time we sleep in tents or very basic places and wake up at sunrise.
This leads to some longing for a place to stay a bit longer, to rest a bit. I would not call it homesick even though after 4 months, we would not mind some Dutch Croquet or some Czech Smazak. We are happy to have booked our pit stop end of October to hug our family and friends and to enjoy the feeling of being home.
It doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy, on the contrary, the last weeks in Peru were amazing. In the heat of the jungle we were able to see monkeys, alligators, a baby anaconda (just 2,5meters) a leopard, thousands of birds and giant trees, the latter being the most impactful piece of nature to find there.
The hike to Machu Picchu was a fun and even delicious adventure; with perfect cooked Peruvian meals every day, cumulating in an afternoon visit of the mystical side which we almost had for ourselves and the lamas.
The big peaks covered by snow (you might recognize the paramount movies mountain?!?) shining in the sun made last weeks hike stunning!! Now we’re heading north to Ecuador, originally not planned but we meet so many enthusiasts that we will have a look. A small rest in Vilcabamba and Cuenca is waiting for us to recover from amazingly beautiful and delicious Peru!