By: Diana Paguay
In November 2019, together with two other friends, we bought tickets to Cusco – Peru. The initial plan was to travel in May 2020, visit several places in Peru and then travel by bus to the Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia, to finally return to Cusco and take our flight back to Ecuador. It sounds very nice, but the pandemic arrived.
After several flight changes, reopening of borders and squaring the vacation date at our jobs, the trip took place at the end of August 2021. The initial plan changed because, until that date, Bolivia had closed the border as a measure to avoid the increase in COVID cases. Regardless, the adventure was incredible.
The first days we visited several archaeological sites, squares and parks near the beautiful city of Qosqo; as well as the majestic Machu Picchu, a place full of history and a dream come true. We also visited Vinicunca or better known as the Mountain of Seven Colors, and the Humantay Lagoon, in each place an impressive energy is felt. We love to admire nature, see snow-capped mountains, volcanoes and learn a little about the history of each place we visit. Until then, our trip was guided by a tourist agency and since we couldn’t travel to Bolivia we decided to backpack through other cities in Peru.
In the week that we had left before returning to our country, we took a bus from Cusco to Puno, where we sailed on Lake Titikaka, toured the Uros Island and Amantani Island. During the night we traveled to the beautiful city of Arequipa, there we went to Quebrada de Culebrillas and the Colca Canyon, on the way we stopped at the Mirador de los Andes of the Volcanic Cordillera in the Central Andes where we observed 5 volcanoes. What luxury!
Then we did sandboarding in the dunes of Ica and tried the famous Pisco. We advance towards the capital where we taste the famous Peruvian ceviche in Callao. Finally, we return to Cusco to return to our country. For the second leg of the trip, we did a lot of research on the places we wanted to visit and made a plan for each destination.
I hope that we all continue to make our long-awaited trips, with great caution, planning and great enthusiasm to meet new people and cultures, but above all with a great desire to meet you and find you in each experience.