I recently returned from my latest trip - Peru! I've been eyeing this destination ever since I found out that Machu Picchu was in Peru. I booked the trip nearly a year in advance and budgeted to the point that I'm behind on many movies from the last twelve months. I recently graduated from Belmont University in Nashville and this trip was, in a way, a graduation gift to myself. (Please note: All monetary graduation gifts I received from friends and family went 100% to my tuition for law school in the fall. I paid for this trip on my own.) Check out the montage video I created which features special moments from nearly every portion of the trip in four minutes.
EF College Break has always provided amazing travel experiences for me. I book the trip and they arrange all of the flights, hotels, transfers, admission tickets, and several meals. (If you want to save $100 on any EF College Break trip, use my code: WAL032). Seriously, you will not regret traveling. The best money I have ever spent has been traveling. It has truly opened me up to the world, made me passionate about new experiences, shown me other cultures, allowed me to sample unique foods, and introduced me to people who practice different daily lifestyles.
Our trip began in Lima, Peru, where we learned that pisco sour is no joking matter. After bonding with our group during the walking tour around the beautiful Miraflores neighborhood, we visited a dinner show where many of us made our Peruvian debuts on-stage.
The short flight to Cusco introduced us to an altitude change of over 11,200 feet. Oxygen does not like to be in areas of 11,200 feet above sea level, so we took a full day to relax and acclimate to the changes. We hit the ground running the next two days on tours of cathedrals and ancient Incan sites such as Sacsayhuaman (pronounced a bit like "sexy woman") and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where Ollantaytambo provided a stunning view of the Andes.
Then, Machu Picchu. One of the Seven New Wonders of the World. This place is absolutely stunning. The nauseating bus ride, filled with dozens of 180 degree turns, winds up the mountain for about 25 minutes as peeks of the famous Incan city appear just outside of the bus windows. Once arriving, you feel the power of such a global wonder, one that was "discovered" in 1911 and remains 70% intact. (I say "discovered" because there were local families supposedly living there when American explorer Hiram Bingham mistakenly found Machu Picchu while searching for another city). The town of Aguas Calientes served as our gateway to Machu Picchu as well as the train depot to travel back to Cusco, then Lima, where we boarded a boat that took us off the coast to swim with sea lions, which was a beautiful experience.
Where is my next trip, you ask? How much time do you have for me to tell you?
Jesse is a Nashville native and avid traveler.
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