I’m finally making some time to write about my adventure in Peru. I spent the majority of last week battling a cold/fever I caught from my friend who caught it on the trip, playing catch up with my course for work (still behind, although not as much compared to before I went away) and just getting back into the swing of things.
A little background info about the trip. I had turned 30 the beginning of September. I’m not much of a party person and not really one to go out and celebrate my birthdays. I do it more for the sake of other people who want to celebrate it. I went to NYC last year to celebrate my bday. I think I’m starting to have a tradition of travelling somewhere to celebrate my bday. Lauren from L Bee and the Money Tree mentioned I often go on BOMB-ASS trips. I live a pretty boring day-to-day life. I rarely go out, rarely see my friends, family and bf because I’ve made my life so busy. I am a self-confessed workaholic. I guess I make up for it by going on BOMB-ASS trips. This was definitely the most BOMB-ASS of them, thus far.
So why Peru? Why Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas? Because it was something different, because it would definitely challenge me and I would be out of my comfort zone. Because it was a completely different country on a completely different continent where I knew I would be in for a culture shock. Most of all, because it was going to be an exciting adventure, something I had been longing for, for quite some time.
As luck would have it, the adventure travel site, Intrepid, had a 2 for 1 deal to Peru. Bring a friend along to Peru. When I saw that deal, I thought this was meant to be. Although the trip was laid out for us, there was still some preparation to be done. I went to the travel doctor to get my shots for Hepatitis A, Measles/Mumps/Rubella and Typhoid fever. I could barely move one of my arms after that. Got some medication for high altitude sickness and traveller’s diarrhea. Tried to make sure I had packed everything according to Intrepid’s ultimate packing list. (That list was like 3-4 pages long).
Booked the longest flight ever.
Toronto to San Salvador, El Salvador. ~5.5 hour flight
5 hour layover.
San Salvador to Lima, Peru. ~5 hour flight
5 hour layover.
Lima to Cusco, our final destination. ~ 1.5 hour flight
Thoughts? Sleeping in an airport sucks. I could still hear the announcements through my earplugs. With the 5 hour layovers, I had time to practice my Spanish and do some Sudoku and word searches. However, I will never book a flight with that many stops in order to save money. I will fork over the extra few hundred dollars and fly direct. TRUST ME. Your body will thank you for the extra time and rest needed to acclimatize before you embark on a physically demanding 4 day hike. Emphasis on the physically demanding. Mind you, I found it to be emotionally and mentally draining as well, but more on that later.
Next stop: Cusco and adjusting to the high altitude. Pictures are coming, I swear!!