No doubt about it, “The Gringo Trail” in Peru was fantastic. Lots of highlights, all previously documented. Whoever you are, you should consider visiting this beautiful country.
To finish, a few random observations about the trip:
– Every time you get into a taxi you are literally taking your life in your hands – driving here is not for the feint hearted, and I’m staggered how some of them still function on 4 wheels.
– Avoid overnight buses unless you can literally sleep through anything. If you can’t, it feels like you’re watching the Horror Channel in the dark for 3 days straight without food or water or taking your eyes off the screen.
– Near raw fish (Ceviche) is often better then cooked fish.
– If you’re a fussy/unadventurous/nervous eater, chips will be a good friend.
– If you get fed up drinking Pisco Sours ( the national drink), then if you must move onto Pisco shots try to avoid the green ones.
– Some hotels have badly maintained electric showers known to electrocute. Sometimes it’s better to be a bit whiffy.
– Piscopiscopisco isn’t really a town, as some bus drivers would have you believe, it’s actually just called Pisco.
– Maca is the (ahem) “food supplement” of choice, particularly when mixed with Quinoa powder (apparantly)
– 100% Baby Alpaca garments quite often aren’t. The clue is in the softness (or not as the case may be), Baby Alpaca is ‘uncommonly’ soft.
– “The View” at Machu Picchu is every bit as good as you think it’s going to be
– Inca Kola is lovely, but how the hell am I going to get some back in the UK?