The land of the ancient Incan people has a lot to offer if you’re interested in history and adventure. Luckily for Darcy and I, he loves anything science or history related, and I love a good adventure, so we had a great time on our short 6 days between Lima and Cusco in January 2017.
Our time in Peru began in the capital city of Lima, so with only 2 days to explore Lima we each chose an activity for a day. I chose to do a cycling tour of Lima, much to Darcy’s dismay (he “doesn’t like doing exercise on holidays.”) The tour, organized by Lima Bike Tours was excellent, we began in the downtown district of Miraflores, before we cycled along the coastline, passing the beach to El Morro cliff, a challenging but super rewarding end to the tour. On our second day, Darcy decided we should spend the day exploring the Pachacamac ruins, located about 30km south of Lima, and vegging out on vegan food.
From Lima we caught a 22-hour bus to Cusco, the “cultural capital of South America.” Cusco definitely lived up to this title. We spent our first day in Cusco exploring the town, before following an ancient Incan highway to some ruins and villages in the mountains. Our second day was spent hiking to rainbow mountain (again, not Darcy’s choice,) which was challenging, and although a great day out I wasn’t feeling too well afterwards so our last day in Cusco was spent resting and adjusting to the altitude before we embarked on the Inca Trail.