Just like in Asia, we used a variety of transportation methods to get us across South America. Where in Asia we relied mostly on buses and trains, in South America we mostly used flights and buses as the rail network is almost nonexistent. Also, because the countries we visited in South America are a bit further away from each other, we often opted to skip 24+hr bus rides and just take a short flight instead. This made the trip a little bit more expensive, but way more comfortable.
In March 2015, we visited three new countries: Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. We ended last month with a three day tour of Salar de Uyuni, from where we continued on to La Paz. There, we conquered the World’s Most Dangerous Road and Amazon rainforest.
The first dish that comes to mind when visiting Peru is ceviche. Due to its location near the water, Lima seemed like the best place to try it and it certainly delivered. However, the Peruvian cuisine had so much more gastronomic choices to offer; anything from the decadent Alpaca Medallion in Rosemary Sauce to the less exotic Pollo A La Brasa and Lomo Saltado, not only tasted delicious, but also were presented well.
Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. Not surprisingly, it consists of many neighborhoods all with their own character. We stayed three days in Miraflores, an up-scale neighborhood thirty minutes south of downtown Lima.
Machu Picchu is one of the ”New 7 Wonders of the World.” Built around 1450 by the Incas, but soon left abandoned due to the Spanish invasion. The ruins of Machu Picchu were rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, from where it started to gain popularity as tourist attraction. Located at 2430 meters above sea level, in the remote Sacred Valley, it is certainly not an attraction easily reachable, especially not for budget travelers.
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