A Bucket List Adventure to Peru

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Nov 2017

Ask a room full of people the destinations they’d like to visit and you’ll get a wide variety of answers. One country most have in common however is a bucket list adventure to Peru. While Machu Picchu, the Unesco World Heritage site, will top the list, once you begin researching, you’ll find there is so much more to this country than just the Sacred Valley.

Peru is a destination where you can go from downtown Lima to the Amazon River in a few short hours. Add in the Andes and you’ve got a landscape as colorful and vibrant as the people and animals that inhabit the former Inca Empire. Blending all of this diversity together can get a little overwhelming when planning a trip, and that is one of the reasons I was thrilled when AdventureSmith Explorations invited me on this incredible bucket list adventure to Peru.

You might remember my trip to Alaska last year on a small ship cruise. It was one of my all time favorites. Of course I loved the landscape, the hiking, the amazing food, but most of all I liked the unique style of adventure provided by this award winning company. I know that on my Peru journey I will also be exploring some of the world’s most exotic and inaccessible regions without sacrificing luxury and the health of the environment. I’ve seen AdventureSmith in action; they walk the walk of responsible travel. I know that the company is as committed to sustainable tourism as they are to providing unique experiences.

Bucket list adventure to Peru

I’ll be covering a lot of mileage over the 14 days. Nine flights to be exact; somehow I wish I didn’t just add that up, it’s much less daunting to look at the itinerary in sections. Here are some highlights I am really looking forward to experiencing.

8 Highlights of My Bucket List Adventure to Peru

  1. I’ll be traveling again with my partner in Boomer Travel Media, the company we established in 2016. Patti Morrow is a great travel companion. We know how to have fun and compliment each other’s strengths and weaknesses-like getting to the top of the Great Wall of China!China Boomer Travel Media
  2. We begin our journey in Lima and paragliding is at the top of our to do list. While the activity is weather dependent, stay tuned for more.

    Para Gliding Miraflores ©Christian Vinces - stock.adobe.com

    Paragliding in Miraflores, Peru.

  3. The variety of ingredients in Peru are complex and varied. The country is definitely having a moment in the food world. Waves of immigrants throughout history are reflected in the country’s culture, each bringing a piece of culinary fusion to the table. Although I’ve tasted ceviche around the world, I can’t wait to indulge in the Peruvian version of this seafood favorite.

    Ceviche mariscal ©lblinova -stock.adoce.com

  4. Iquitos is the largest city on the planet without a road to get there. Transportation to the destination in the jungle is by air or boat. After arrival, we’ll be cruising for 4 days on the Amazon. The rainforest basin is home to more species of animals than any other place on earth. 900 bird species and 1000’s of my favorite orchids to start. The possible wildlife list we might be seeing is 5 pages long!

    Floating house on the Amazon ©Christian Vinces – adobe.stock.com

  5. There may be piranha fishing as well as a dip in the Amazon. I am very curious to see the logistics and if I’ll be brave enough to dive in! This is a photo worth waiting for.
  6. Textiles of Peru are legendary and every region has their specialty. The traditional  back strap weaving technique used is unique and in the villages we’ll have ample opportunity to see its complexities.

    Bucket list journey to Peru

    Weaving in Peru ©Andigia – stock.adobe.com

  7. Along with the food are the markets. Did you know there are over 3,000 types of potatoes in this country. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all have their own variety. I think my taste buds are in for a thrill.

    Herbs, potions and powders for sale at market ©cameraman -stock.adobe.com

  8. Hiking is one of my favorite activities and the Lares Trek from mountain lodge to lodge will give some spectacular scenery. Am I nervous about the altitude? You bet, as well as the distances we will cover each day. I’ll take you right along with me as the challenges present themselves.
  9. And then of course there is the main event. Machu Picchu at dawn. Will it live up to all they hype?What will the crowds be like? I will be reporting on some of the new regulations that have recently been instituted and can’t wait to see if this dream in my minds eye will come true.

    MachuPicchu ©D’July – stock.adobe.com

For all it’s offerings, you can see how the concept of tackling Peru on your own could turn into one deep, dark hole of web sites and lists. This trip is covering all the bases I’d like to see, combining a hot and humid journey on the Amazon, where wildlife and a culture centered around the mighty river thrives with the well known bucket list adventure in Peru we all want to experience. Some great food is sure to make an appearance, along with some new tastes and a few photo ops you might not have been expecting.

Alpacas and girls in traditional dress ©Neale Cousland – stock.adobe.com

This will truly be the adventure trip of a lifetime for me. As you can tell, my excitement is palpable, and I feel truly blessed to witness all I am about to see. I hope you’ll follow along and be inspired to journey there yourself in the future. And of course if you’ve already been, let me know what you enjoyed the most about Peru in the comments.

Venir También y disfruta el viaje!

 

Feature photo: Machu Picchu ©alexpermyakov – stock.adobe.com

  1. Lucy says:

    Sounds like it’s going to be a fabulous trip! I’ve not been to Peru yet but it’s on the wishlist, I’ve seen so many great photos and heard such amazing things.

  2. This does sound like an amazing adventure! And AdventureSmith Explorations sound the perfect company to do it with. I hope you’ll be sharing lots of jealousy inducing images on Instagram while you are then and when you get back. Have a really fabulous time.

    • alison says:

      Thanks so much Kat. You’ll have to be the judge of the images, but I will certainly be sharing many. My head is spinning and I go to sleep at night with a carousel of slides moving through my mind.

  3. Bravo to AdventureSmith Explorations for their committment to sustainable tourism, it’s the only way forward 🙂 As for Peru…how I LOVED that country. I found the north (e.g. Chan Chan) fascinating, I fell in love with the city of Arequipa and as for Machu Picchu, yes there were some serious crowds, but somehow they melted away as I entered, and I felt as if I’d been transported back to the days of the Incas. Can’t wait to hear more!

    • alison says:

      I’m really overwhelmed with all the incredible spots on our itinerary Sara. I too have fallen in love with the color, landscape and people. As I process my photos, I’m trying to wrap my head around all these unique country offers. It has been a thrill to travel with AdventureSmith and see the heavy emphasis they place on sustainable travel.

  4. Oh I am beyond jealous! Like you say right at the start, most people have peru on their bucket list and I am no different. I’m interested to hear more about your trip!

    • alison says:

      Can’t say that I blame you Jaillan. I have been dying to travel here for years. Hope you enjoy seeing my adventure and it lends loads of ideas to your future travel to Peru.

  5. I would love to go to Peru and there is so much more than the Incas! Definitely the adventure of a lifetime!