If these 10 photos don't make you want to drop everything you're doing and hop on a plane to Peru, I don't know what else will.
Oh The Food
From the ceviche to the Peruvian mastery of quinoa, the food was always exceptional. What surprised us the most was how creative the food was even along the Inca Trail.
Vibrant and Colourful Peruvian Culture
Wherever you go, meeting the local Peruvians will be the highlight of your trip.
Alpacas Are Real
I had no idea what alpacas were a thing but yes they do exist and they're everywhere.
Cusco Is Pretty Awesome
People talk about Cusco being great and yes I can confirm that you'll have a blast here roaming around this city with the majesty of the Incas but charm of a small town.
Need Help Planning Your Peru Trip?
Simply subscribe to be an Insider and click the Download button. Access to the 14 day Peru itinerary that includes the Inca Trail and Amazon Rainforest in an easy-to-use Google Spreadsheet and others will be given to you right away. You'll also be enrolled in the weekly flight deal newsletter!
With alpaca galore it's no wonder that one of the biggest things that you'll see throughout your entire time in Peru. Watching the locals demonstrate the mastery of weaving that's passed down from generation will make your wallet open up regardless of how silly that hat or sweater might be.
Inca Trail's Going To Be Tough
I'm not going to lie. The Inca Trail was pretty brutal for us and Dead Woman's Pass here was THE WORST. While we all fell ill at some point, our perseverance and pure will to succeed is what carried us through. For more, read the truth behind what it's like to hike the Inca Trail and the ultimate planning guide for the trek.
Machu Picchu Is A Glorious Sight
Everyone's seen the postcard shot of Machu Picchu so really no need to rehash it here but what really got me was the watching of the heavy morning fog lifting from the mountains to reveal our final goal. The Inca Trail is the only hike where you literally walk into Machu Picchu.
From High Altitude to High Humidity
From Cusco and Machu Picchu we were in a prime position to explore at least part of the expansive Amazon Jungle. We did and did so in style.
A Jungle Full of Animals
Whether it was us waking early in the morning to watch massive flocks of macaw land on a claylick or stumbling upon a family of capybara which just so happen to be the largest rodent in the world.
Better With Friends
None of any of the above matters because at the end of it all, the journey is only possible with the company of incredible friends. What an incredible 2 weeks.
For more on Peru, stay tuned! There will be a bunch of new posts in the coming weeks with lots of details about how the trip went and what you need to know as you plan your very own trip to Peru.