Peru

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My Peru trip unfortunately almost come to an end. It seems only yesterday I arrived in Lima. I remember I was pretty nervous because I don’t speak Spanish at all and if you read the news, people would only tell you how dangerous Peru is. No one really describe or write how magical this country, how incredibly nice and kind Peruvian people, and ohh the food…how delicious Peruvian food honestly I couldn’t stop eating.  If only I knew what the next 30 days in Peru would bring me. But of course from the beginning of the trip even before I purchased my tickets, I knew Peru would change my life for the better. I knew this entire trip would be a life changing experience for me. I knew I’d meet the right people and life would take care of me like they have always been for the past 30 years. I always believe in the perfect timing and you are exactly where you’re supposed to be. You know when your heart tells you everything’s going to be fine and magical? That’s exactly what I feel about Peru.

I love the way Peru totally pushed me out of my comfort zone from day one I landed in Jorge Chavez airport. Again, as Indonesian visiting South America for the first time with few Spanish words…this is pretty scary and exciting. I’ve been on the road for almost 12 months now, I just found it amazing how all my adventures and those crazy random decisions lead me to Peru. I have no idea that dreams can come true everyday but I’ve been incredibly lucky enough to witness them turning into reality for over 300 days since I left Singapore last year.

I started my adventure in Lima for one week. I stayed at Lima’s old town for 3 days after that I moved to Miraflores. While you get to see beautiful old buildings and learn so much history in The Spanish colonial town of Lima, if you have time I’d suggest you to stay at Miraflores as well so you get to experience this modern district offers great cafes, restaurants, upscale shopping malls, etc.

Thanks to PeruHop for making my Peru trip a lot easier than I thought. If you haven’t heard about PeruHop before, this tour company offers hop-on and hop-off bus system from Lima - Paracas - Huacachina - Nazca- Arequipa - Puno - Cusco. All you have to do just purchase a single bus pass for USD199/person, not only this covers all bus journey but PeruHop would also pick you up and drop you off at your hotels. The bus departs every day, with Peruvian assistant fluent in English and always ready to help or answer your question, and oh they even offer free tours to Paracas National Reserve, Pisco Vineyard, Nazca Lines Viewing Tower and Secret Slave Tunnels. I mean, who doesn’t like free tour? But really, I find PeruHop is perfect if you plan to explore Peru for more than two weeks. It’s flexible, easy, safe and for USD199 you really get to see a lot of things.

So what was the highlights of my Peru trip? Oh darling… A LOT! I’d say; having dinner with my dear friend Angie and her family ( her Mom cooked a delicious Peruvian cuisine for us and her husband taught me how to make Pisco sour…it was just a beautiful dinner full of love and laugh ) , Colca Canyon trekking for two days which was ridiculously hard, hiking to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain and I experienced real altitude sickness for the first time, beautiful sand dunes at Huacachina, Machu Picchu of course and my everyday adventures in Cusco and Arequipa. Every city in Peru is different. They all have their own story to tell and magical things to experience.

Peru truly left me speechless and inspired. Without a doubt, it is one of the most beautiful, happiest place I’ve ever been. From nature, to culture, to food, to beautiful Peruvian people…Even one month isn’t enough to explore this country. Now if you ask me, is Peru safe? Absolutely, but just like any other city or place out there of course you still have to be careful wherever you go. Is it expensive? I find traveling in Peru is pretty affordable. I’m from Indonesia and I find the living cost in Peru is almost similar like in Indonesia.

Within a month, I’ve grown from someone who speak very little Spanish and couldn’t even order her meals properly to someone who has enough vocabularies to survive. I hike better than before and I learned doesn’t matter how big the mountain in front of you, you just have to take one step at a time. Breathe. Never compare yourself to others. Enjoy the process instead of focus on the destination. I became stronger and honestly I’ve never been happier. I am grateful I met so many beautiful souls in Peru ( my Peruvian friends and those who supported me to keep going and never give up at Colca Canyon ), I also get to experiment a lot with my art. It’s kind of sad to leave Peru soon but I couldn’t be more grateful for a wonderful time I had here. Peru gave me the perfect introduction to South America and I can’t wait to come back soon and explore more places.

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