Big Break: A Trip to Peru

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For my first big break away from all things normal in my life, I decided to take a trip to Peru. This is my first big trip this year and as it also happens to be my first time in South America. I have never been at this part of the world before and I’m quite excited. I have been looking forward to this trip for the last few weeks.

Most flights from the US to Peru flies into Lima. So, I flew into Lima landing the next morning for a long stopover. The city of Lima is a good starting point when traveling within the country of Peru.

For this trip to Peru, my main agenda is the see Machu Picchu. This has been in my bucket list, if there is such a thing, for a long time. I’m glad I am finally able to see it. I’m also planning to see other places in Peru, particularly Lima, Cusco and some of its surrounding sites. For my birthday this year, I plan to see Machu Picchu. This would be my birthday trip as I have done in the last four years.

They say you have to prepare for altitude sickness whenever in Peru. This is particularly true especially when heading to the city of Cusco. Lima is in the coast of Peru and located in the lowlands while Cusco and Machu Picchu is located in the Andean Mountains.

The weather is also something to consider. Since Lima is in the lowlands, the weather tends to be warmer than that at the Andes where it is a bit cooler. When traveling to Peru, it is best to bring clothing for these two weather conditions.

All this I had prepared for including booking my accommodations and tours in advance. A popular place such as Machu Picchu, it is important to book your entrance tickets and guide ahead of time. With all these preparations, I am ready to go. I’m ready to spend my birthday, admiring the most incredible citadel found in South America.

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