After the high altitudes of Cusco and the Inca Trail, I told myself that I was done with heights for a while. But a few weeks later I found myself back in the mountains, this time in the Northern city of Huaraz. For two days I hiked, rock climbed, enjoyed the Aguas Calientes, and took in the beautiful, stark scenery.
Peru’s Sacred Valley is a special place in so many ways. The site of so many Incan ruins, it holds the remains of a civilization, adding the sense that we were trespassing on something special. The valley is also a fascinating look at the more traditional lives of many native Quechuans, most of whom are more than happy to welcome visitors into their villages for an up close peek at their way of life. Finally, the breathtaking views of this region are hard to capture on film, both from the effects of the area’s altitude and the soaring peaks of the surrounding mountains.
When I think of Cusco, Peru I think of slow, languid movements, of stormy skies and breathless views, of colorful garments and hearty meals. My memories of Cusco are visceral in nature, mostly due to the lack of oxygen I endured during my five-day stay. While I was adjusting to the new altitude in preparation for the Inca Trail, I spent my time wandering the long cobbled streets, foraging through the vast markets, sifting through the rainbow assortment of alpaca garments, and eating enough food to last me through a long winter.
During my two-month journey through Peru I found myself constantly fascinated by it’s food culture. With over 500 unique dishes, Peruvian cuisine is fresh, unique, and absolutely delicious. Here are some of my favorite Peruvian dishes including Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina, and Inca Cola (this only made the list because of its fun name and color…definitely not its taste).
For more detail on Peruvian food and drink, check out this article I wrote for Viator.
Follow a typical day in Cusco, Peru through the lens of my camera.