Cusco and beyond, Perú

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Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and is now a base for tourists flocking to Machu Picchu.

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It’s got great food – this a bakery. But the alpaca and especially the fish were amazing.

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On top of that, there are numerous closer ruins such as this.

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Just a church.

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Or this.

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The town itself was likewise decent, even though someone did steal money from me. Their city flag is the rainbow flag.

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I was fine with the altitude, but of course had to try the local coca tea. Cocaine can be made from the leaves and thus it’s illegal in many countries.

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This was the town down the hill from Machu Picchu (now with the same name), used to be called Aguascalientes. I quite enjoyed my time there, even though things were costlier.

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Salty.

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It was almost independence day, so there were like 100 Peruvian flags in anticipation of the first Oxford-educated head of state or government to take power in the country.

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The temperature’s different down there.

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Inca irrigation system.

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Classic Inca big rocks.

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The town down from a temple on the hill.

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Machu Picchu, Perú

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Machu Picchu was the palace complex near the Incan capital Cusco, and is the main tourist draw for Perú.

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One must buy tickets online waaaay ahead of time as there’s a strict limit on how many people are allowed every day.

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Whilst it’s not big, it’s an insanely photogenic site.

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And you can always find a spot to take a photo when the people are looking small.

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You can also wander around and walk to other nearby sites…

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Such as this bridge.

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Or, have an audience with His Holiness The Dalai Llama. #freetibet #freetaiwan #freehongkong #macaucandowhattheywant

It’s fun chasing them around, but by far the best chance to get a photo with them is to let them steal your food. One of the llamas actually fell into a hole at one point and the big llama looked very worried.

Trujillo / Chan Chan / some other place, Perú

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Trujillo is another coastal city in Perú, and it is close to a handful of ruins from different ancient cultures.

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The city itself is a typical colonial city.

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The Moche people built the Huaca de la Luna (not its real name), and that was the first human structure I saw in South America that was older than The University of Oxford.

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I opted for the Spanish-only tour option, choosing to ask questions after the explanations (that I didn’t understand) instead, but there was an American-Peruvian family who tried to translate for me.

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The paintings were well-maintained, partly due to the fact that Trujillo had been quite a dry place.

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Apparently not dragons.

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The main attraction, nevertheless, was Chan Chan. It was the capital, the complex of palaces of Chimar, the people who were defeated by the Incas.

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It’s an endangered site as it’s made of adobe. Fortunately, the area’s rather dry.

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On the photos, it looked a bit like Egypt, but actually was much shorter.

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Lima, Perú

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Lima is the capital of the Oxonian-ministered Republic of Perú, also a major air transport hub for the region. The airport was horrible. Free Wi-Fi was only 10 minutes per day, hardly any seats, no resting areas, and you couldn’t go in too early.

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It was much nicer on Google.

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The metropolis was a remarkable chaotic city, with plenty of cars going around at any time, and none had an issue making even more noise. Also, taxis overcharged me a lot.

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For all its faults, it did have two decent areas with nice colonial buildings.

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And the food was fine.

Nazca, Perú

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Perú, now headed by its very first Oxford-educated president, is a state with a handful of unique ancient cultures. One of them was Nazca, with the famous alien-made lines seen from the sky or a nearby hill near the town of the same name.

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To get there, one may get a bus super duper early in the morning, travel for like seven hours, stay for several hours, before taking the same trip back to Lima.

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Holes.

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Once there, just get on any car that offers to take you to the tiny airport, and buy a ticket from any of the companies there. They have constant flights, and trust me, you don’t want a long trip up the sky.

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To allow tourists to observe the graphs easily, the pilot flew the mini-jet sideway and it made everyone felt sick. I kept my composure though.

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It’s quite a bit of a hassle getting there, and very uncomfortable. Basically like HRH The Duchess of Cambridge’s all three pregnancies happening at the same time. And it lasted for hours, but I guess still it was worth it.

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The town itself had nothing of interest. Good food though. In fact, Perú’s got some good food in general.

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