I’ve missed you all 🙂 The last few weeks have been filled with travel, working and the holidays. Three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Peru and visit a friend and boy am I glad I went. I finally paid off ALL DEBT( Glory to God!!!) and wanted to take one final trip before the year ended and this turned out to be the best way to end my 2015 travels. Where do I begin about how AWESOME this vacation was!!! Let’s start with the city of Arequipa where I spent most of my time. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming mining town thats boasts a lively town square, scenic tours, hilly streets and unique culture. While there, I ate DELICIOUS food, shopped at the local merchants, drank numerous pisco sours( a drink Peru is know for), visited a 100 year old monastery, spent two lavish days at the spa, and of course rested. I was super appreciative for the great weather and how excellent the exchange rate was as you know I’m all about stretching a dollar!!.
A couple days into my stay, my friend and I made our way to the city of Cuzco en route to Machu Picchu. While in Cuzco, our driver took us to the Sacred Valley where we were able to visit the ancient ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. I found these ruins to be fascinating and to think they are all man-made, the Inca people were definitely extremely advanced and these ruins and the views they are surrounded by constantly took my breath away. We also visited a llama farm where we were able to view and feed the many different types of llamas indicative to the Peruvian region. Cuzco has such a quaint and charming quality that I loved and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
Now, onto what really spawned my trip; a chance to visit Machu Picchu!!! Known for its opulence in housing the nobles and aristocracy of the Inca time period, this exquisite site is rightfully named one of the seven wonders of the world. We took a train from Cuzco into the town of Aguas Calientes where we spent the night and then headed up to Machu Picchu the next morning via a charter bus. My friend and I decided to pay an extra $10 and hike Wayna Picchu which is the highest peak of the mountain and only allows daily entry of 200 people. Words can’t even describe how enchanting and awe-inspiring Machu Picchu is: although the over an hour uphill hike was pretty challenging, it was well worth it when we got to the top and were able to take in the BEYOND scenic views. At one point, I had to stop taking pictures because the beauty was just too vast. Once we hiked back down we walked amongst the ruins of the site and then headed back into town.
The end of my trip was filled with more relaxation, food, laughter, and an overall appreciation of the great friends I have in my life and how immensely faithful God has been to me. Five years ago, I could barely pay my rent and was on government assistance to make ends meet. So to be at this point in my life where I have financial stability, am debt free, and able to travel the world, is all very humbling to me. Wherever you are in your journey, stay faithful friends, I promise you things get better 🙂
Enjoy some of my fave pics from my trip!
What has been your favorite travel experience of 2015? Please share in the comments below.
Peace & Love,