"Roads less traveled in Peru" Top 5 Page for this destination Peru by melosh
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In 2002 I spent 16 days on the road in Peru. I loved it, but thought I would not likely be back. Then fate led me back for another two weeks at the end of February and the beginning of March 2004. I loved this visit even more than my first trip and came to believe I would go back again and again for those roads less traveled. It took awhile, but finally in April 2010 I found very cheap tickets that got me to Peru for visits to Iquitos, Lima and Chiclayo.
Lima, in particular, seemed to show significant growth and improvement over the last 8 years. You could even see this on the ride from the airport into the city. The air was clearer and the streets cleaner. Traffic though bad was better than years earlier. During our visit the people also seemed to be much more hopeful about the future.
Check out my "travelogue" which includes some stories and pictures of my first adventure into Peru.
In the Andes terraced fields combine an impression of the man's industry with natural awe inspiring mountain vistas. Lush Amazon forest and long stretches of tan dry desert separated by green river valleys are other dramatic features of a varied Peruvian geography. Bus travel time only poorly corresponds to the measured distance on a Peruvian map. The longer the journey, the more spectacular will be the sights, but if you are susceptable to motion or altitude sickness, the spectacular sights might not be worth the physical distress a winding mountain road can cause.
Perhaps because altitude and mountain orientation affect the environment causing there to be a wide variety of microclimates, there is a wide range of plants with dietary and medicinal uses. It was not often that I could see a whole field that demonstrated from afar this biodiversity. Instead the full scope was best seen in a weekend market.
- Pros:Great people off the tourist trail. Food and culture.
- Cons:Tourists are targets in Lima and Cuzco
- In a nutshell:Peru is many different countries in one set of borders
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