Our dear friend and talented photographer Anna just returned from an amazing trip through Peru. We asked her to share a bit of her journey with us all…
A country rich with ancient mythical history, an array of climates, color, and home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Peru exceeded my wildest dreams. Traveling with four amazing friends, we hit ten towns in half a month. With highs of jungle hikes and mountain hot springs, and lows of lost voices and 17-hour bus rides, this journey is one we’ll never forget. Below is a list of DON’T’s and DO’s for your Peru-traveling-potentials.
-Drink the tap water.
-Throw toilet paper into the toilet.
-Trust the llamas (they sometimes attack lunge at you).
-Do a choreographed dance and film it at Machu Picchu (you will be kicked out).
-Expect people not to laugh when you ask about a vegetarian restaurant.
-Talk to the locals. They’ll give you the DL on what’s really good.
-Make friends with sweet dogs. They’ll guide you around their towns and be your bff.
-Speak the local language as often as possible. You’ll be surprised at how much you know.
-Dance in the mountains (…just not Machu Picchu).
-Travel with people that inspire you.
-Go with the flow. The best experiences are often the most unexpected.
We sand-boarded in the desert of Huacachina, white water rafted the Urubamba, zip-lined across mountaintops, had an underwater tea party in the jungle’s hot springs, climbed the steps to Machu Picchu, and danced the streets of all the towns we passed through. While each experience remains unforgettable, what I really came away from the trip with was perspective. In your busy city life it’s often easy to get distracted from what really matters. The best part about traveling is that you finally have time to be reminded you of who you really are and what’s most important in your life.