Peru

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Mother and child from the Uru people of Lake Titicaca

We visited Peru in September 2017 as part of a larger trip to the west coast of Latin America including northern Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia.

We had some Avios to use which, together with a companion voucher, allowed us to treat ourselves to fly upfront on BA’s brand new 787 Dreamliner, new beds (with mattress and duvets) fine food and wines on a 14 hour flight (BA’s longest), what’s not to like!

Trip Summary

  • 2 nights – Lima & Nasca Lines, Peru
  • 1 night – Quito, Ecuador
  • 3 nights – Isla Isobella, Galapagos
  • 4 nights – Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos
  • 1 night – Quito, Ecuador
  • 3 nights – Peruvian Amazon
  • 2 nights – Sacred Valley, Peru
  • 1 night – Machu Picchu, Peru
  • 2 nights – Lake Titicaca, Peru
  • 1 night – La Paz, Bolivia
  • 1 night – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
  • 1 night – Siloli Desert, Bolivia
  • 1 night – Atacama Desert, Chile

Day 1 – 31/8 Fly to Santiago, Chile
Depart 21:55 LHR to SCL 08:30 BA0251

Day 2 – 1/9 Arrive Santiago connect to Lima, Peru
Arrive SCL 08:30
Depart 11:00 SCL – LIM 14:00 Star Peru
Hotel – Jose Antonio Deluxe (Miraflores) 

Screen Shot 2017-11-26 at 17.39.42IMG_3474Santiago airport is a nice modern airport with two terminals (international and domestic adjoining) with a great Holiday Inn (yes really) about 30m from terminals should you arrive late or leave early. We had hoped to rest in the LATAM lounge before our flight to Lima but weren’t allowed entry because our next flight was not OneWorld.
Quite irritating but we then discovered this amazing burger joint which I’ve since been told is a well known US chain.

We flew StarPeru which was much cheaper than any LATAM flight so were quite happy to read our books at the gate lounge.

Blog : Lima & The Nazca Lines – 2 nights (coming soon)

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Day 4 – 3/9 Lima to Quito
16:40 LIM – UIO 19:05 LATAM LA 2396

Trip onwards to Ecuador & Galapagos Islands – 7 nights 

Day 12 – 11/9 Return from Galapagos to Quito and on to Lima
11:15 GPS – UIO 15:45 XL1410 LATAM
18:20 UIO – LIM 20:20 Tame EQ515
Hotel – Wyndham Lima airport

The Wyndham at Lima airport is unremarkable other than that it is inexpensive and 50m from the airport Arrivals and therefore worth it as a place to put your head down between flights.

Day 13 – 12/9 Fly to Puerto Maldonaldo
09:45 LIM – PEM 12:55 LATAM LA2075
Transfer by river boat
Hotel Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica – 3 nights

Screen Shot 2017-11-26 at 17.46.54 A short hop from Lima via Cusco takes you over to the Andes and the descent down into the Peruvian Amazon town of Puerto Maldonaldo.

 

At the check in desk I heard a cockerel crow which was a bit bizarre as no on else seemed to notice. It happened a few times so I walked down to see what was going on. Someone was checking in with a cockerel as hand luggage! It was in a box but even so…

Blog: Peruvian Amazon – 3 nights (coming soon)

Turtles with butterflies resting on their heads.
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Day 16 – 15/9 Fly to Cuzco
13:45 PEM – CUZ 14:40 LATAM LA2074
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Blog : The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu – 5 nights (coming soon)

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Day 21 – 20/9

Train 07:10 Cuzco (Wanchaq) to Puno (Titicaca) 17:29

Peru Rail certainly knows how to look after their customers with on-board fashion shows (selling Alpaca obviously) and live music too. As the train climbs through the passes into the high Andes we get our first experience of altitude sickness, with Lady S needing oxygen at 4,300m (14,000ft). The journey takes a whole day with amazing views that, we were to discover, was merely an ‘amuse-bouche’ for Bolivia.

Blog : Lake Titicaca – 2 nights (coming soon)

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Trip onwards to Bolivia