Friday, April 20, 2018

PERU after Paddington Bear - the complete travel guide bye:myself

I don't get Paddington bear: how could he have left Peru? This country - divided into the geographic areas sierra, selva, costa,  i. e. mountains, jungle, coastline - has so much to offer!


I'm sure this little boy would have adopted Paddington and gave him a good home.

Not only lots of geographic, but also cultural, culinary, and spiritual variety, so that everyone gets to simply love Peru. Everybody but stupid Paddington who went to England of all places!

As very often I didn't have enough time to really explore and enjoy all the parts that are worth a visit. I'll be back, but before, I let you at least know what I was able to see.

My main interest was the sierra part - the mountainous region South of Lima stretching to the border of Bolivia and Chile. This part is called the "altiplano" because although it's on top of mountains, it's plain, you realize only that you are about partly more than 4.000 meter/ 13,000 feet above sea level because you feel dizzy and nauseous. This route is also called, offhand, "ruta del gringo" because I'm by far not the only one who finds this the most fascinating Peruvian region.



Yes, Machu Picchu is the high (!) light of every visit to Peru.

Peru has a population of about 28,2 million people and a size of 1,285 million sq km (approx. 496,000 sq mi). Due to the different altitudes and further topography variations, the climate is extremely varied. From sultry rainforest in the Amazonas region towards Brazil over the moderate temperatures along the coast to the cold mountains and extreme drought of the desert from Paracas down to Chile.


Paracas - the small version of the Galapagos refuge to birds, penguins, and sea lions.

There are three official languages: besides Spanish (you might brush up yours on babbel) there are also the indio languages Quechua and Aymara. The local currency in Peru is called Sol (plural: Soles), that you can convert e. g. on XE.


The detailed information on each of my stops is found on these pages....


Plaza Mayor en Lima
LIMA
the chandelier
PARACAS
HUACACHINA























...and the route I travelled on this map




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27 comments:

  1. You really toured the land! All those stops. That ever-iconic photo of Machu Picchu is goals. Wow! Someone stayed in a Quechua village during a tour and they loved it.

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  2. We also would love to visit Machu Picchu but we've heard mixed reviews on how crowded it has become... and we don't like the touristy stuff!

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  3. I did the Salkantay Trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu. It was spectacular scenery. I hope to go back to peru to see more of the natural beauty of that country

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  4. I love the colours in Peru and have wanted to visit Machu Picchu for ages. If I was Paddington I wouldn't have left. I can live without the marmalade sandwiches.:-)

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  5. Love to go to Peru but not because of Paddington Bear. he he. As a hiker and photographer, I love to go into the mountains, see the sights and just go for a walk. However Paddington Bear rocks! Childhood hero of mine here in London! :)

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  6. Beautiful pictures and post about Peru. It is a destination on our travel bucket list!

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  7. Peru is such an amazing place. hope you have one of your best time of life <3 -olordeprimavera

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  8. Peru looks so beautiful! I'd love to do the hike up to Machu Picchu one day,

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  9. I wouldn't leave Peru if I was from there, its too beautiful. Your second picture doesn't even look real.

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  10. Machu Picchu is my next bucket list destinations. I love your tweet about the emotional reaction you have when seeing it - amazing how travel can conjure up such emotions. I can't believe such a small country has 28 million people!

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  11. Peru is such a beautiful place and Machui Picchu is such a wonderful estination to visit. I really love looking at those majestic mountains that is so calming. Thanks for sharing this post!

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  12. I explored Peru for over 3 weeks back in 2008 and really enjoyed it. I loved how varied the country is, as you mentioned, and learning all about the Peruvian culture. I really enjoyed the sierra region for the views! I highly recommend hiking to Machu Picchu!

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  13. Perú is in my top two favorite countries and it's probably #1 most days! I love it for exactly the reasons you stated...it's SO diverse! I didn't get to go to all the places you did on my first 10 day trip (notice I said first because I plan on many more!), but I want to go back and spend a lot more time there to see more of then landscapes and finally advance my Spanish to fluency! What is WRONG with Paddington???

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  14. Macchu Pichu has been high on our bucket list but now that we are in our 70s, we may have missed the chance entirely. Thanks for giving us a peek!

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  15. How long did you travel around Peru? We haven't been to South America yet and my husband really wants to go next year.

    Not sure what Peru has to do with Paddington Bear, though?

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  16. Ha ha - I guess everyone always wants to be someone other than where they grew up! But I want to know - in Paddington they talk about Deepest or Darkest Peru - is that a real place? I hope to visit one day, looks incredible.

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  17. I'm totally with you, Peru is a beautiful land with a fascinating history, culture and cuisine. Why would he leave for the land of marmalade sandwiches, of all things?? I've visited the country twice, taking in many of the famous sites, but cliche though it may be, it was Machu Picchu that thrilled me the most. I understand totally how emotional you found it, I was the same the first time (in the mid 1980s) and the last time, a few years back! There's just nothing like seeing it with your own eyes!

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  18. Thanks for sharing all this usefull informations with us! Peru looks so incredible - high up on my bucket list :)

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  19. It's been a few years since I was in Peru, so I need to go back, but I remember that it is pretty easy for folks to get around and the locals were very helpful. Let alone all the great sites...I say go!

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  20. There was a time when very few people ventured to Peru and Machu Pichhu and look how that has changed in the past 5-10 years. I'm sure it was a unforgettable experience standing there and looking at the remains of that ancient civilisation before you.

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  21. Peru is really high on our bucket list and is somewhere we just can't wait to visit. We have plans for South America in a couple of years and this is just so inspiring to us.

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  22. Peru is now on my wish list!

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  23. These places are really so beautiful.

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  24. I never understood why Paddington left either... guess Peru's different if you're a bear ;) I can't wait to see it for myself!

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  25. Nice travel guide for Peru. This country divided into the geographic areas sierra, selva, costa, i. e. mountains, jungle, coastline - has so much to offer! Not only lots of geographic, but also cultural, culinary, and spiritual variety, so that everyone gets to simply love Peru. I have planned to go for a trip to Peru by the help of Photo Tours Peru, which is a premier adventure company launched by Flavio Huamani, an accomplished Peruvian travel photographer guide.

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    1. Wow - I'm sure you'll have the time of your life and will get a really good and close look on this wonderful country and its lovely people. Enjoy it to the max!

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  26. Thanks for posting this useful content, Good to know about new things here,

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