Peru: Border Crossing

Total Time: 18 days

Exchange Rate: 1 dollar=2.7 soles

Cost of a meal in Peru: 15 soles for empanadas and fresh juice

Number of Cities Visited: 9

Number of Public Buses: 19

Number of Boats: 2

Other Transportation: 1 basket over the river, 1 dune buggy

Favorite Place: Arequipa, Machu Picchu is in the running for favorite place EVER

Least Favorite Place: Nazca

Best Food: Astrid & Gaston, the cuy (guinea pig) was worth the emotional battle

Life Changing Ceviche Found: Punto Azul in Lima and Cebillano in Arequipa

Worst Food: Chicken filled with hot pink sausage on the hike to Machu Picchu

Sucker Moment:  Several.  Getting bargained out of entrance fees on our bus ride from Puno to Cusco.  Paying for “private rooms” on our Machu Picchu trek only to receive dorms.  Being repeatedly asked for tips from our guide on a horseback ride through “ruins” near Cusco even though we didn’t see anything.  Getting totally taken advantage of for being tired while we set up our Nazca lines flight.  Having the price change in our cooking class in Arequipa from the time they told us the price until they asked for the payment.

Number of Illnesses: 2 TD

Places to Visit Next Time: Mancura

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