When I agreed to join Noel and Stephen for their tour to Peru, I didn’t know what I was thinking. Seriously. I didn’t.
I’ve always dreamt of going to Peru and just went along without much thought about it. I assumed I would be ready for Peru. Well, it turned out that I wasn’t.
There were days that I thought I had gotten the hang of things, and then there were days when I was questioning my reasons/sanity for being there.
It was bitterly cold at times, bringing about feelings of bleakness and weariness; strange feelings that I’ve never known in all my travels. It would be too easy to blame altitude sickness and migraines or the winter winds for my misery.
I was sick of feeling this way. Peru didn’t deserve this gloomy energy from me.
So, everyday I decided to focus on the most important fact – I AM IN FREAKING PERU! That and a wonderful bunch of friends made my days so much better and all the more memorable.
Thankfully, Peru was ready for me (and thousands of other travellers) and I ended up having one of the most interesting and eye-opening trips; I saw the smiles of the Peruvian men and women and the love for their babies, petted some oh-so-cute lambs and llamas, tasted the fantastic local cuisine, went cocoa crazy and stood in awe of ancient lands and temples.
Instead of boring everyone with (more) fancy adjectives describing Peru in a myriad of ways, let me just take you through my take on this extraordinary country, Instagram-style.
After spending close to a month there, Peru has taught me so much about its history, culture and its way of life. There were times when I thought I couldn’t stand the cold, altitude, hostel dorms and numerous bus rides. But I got through it all in one piece and I learnt how to push through all the discomforts.
After all, what I got in return was far more rewarding and enriching. I discovered Peru; I discovered a culture that is rich, fascinating and magical in more ways than one.
Muchos gracias, Peru. Hasta luego.
Note: If you’re not a fan of tours in general and would prefer something more personable and fun, get in touch with Noel Lau and Stephen Bugno for future tours. Not only do they have a wealth of knowledge on travelling, they are a great bunch to hang out with, as well.