The next city on our list brought us to my second home: Lima, Peru. Lunch over here, dinner over there, we spent almost all our time running from primo to prima. We also had fellow travelers Ron & Betty join us for our trip 🙂
While in Lima, I made sure to take her around using public transportation. Here was her first bus ride in Latin America:
and of course her first combi ride:
Let’s not forget I took her down a busy street to try all the street food. She had her first mazamorra ever!
We took an early flight from Lima to Cusco, and took a cab (outside of the airport) straight away to Pavitos street. Pavitos street is where you can catch the combi to Ollantaytambo for $3! They’re pretty comfy too.
After dropping our backpacks at our Airbnb, we enjoyed a 6 sol meal (2USD) that included soup, a main course, and tea!
It was full of my awesome jokes and laughs…
We spent the day exploring the Ollanta ruins and hiking up for an awesome view
The next morning, we woke up before the sun rose to catch the first train to Machu Picchu. Check out this post explaining end to end how to get to Machu Picchu from Cusco: How To Visit Machu Picchu In One Day: Everything You Need To Know
We hiked up Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes and explored the top!
After getting back to Cusco from Machu Picchu, we woke up again, bright and early, to go and check out Rainbow Mountain! Rainbow Mountain was my favorite part of the trip. Only because I’ve already been to Machu Picchu.
For those interested in getting to Rainbow Mountain, this post explains everything: Rainbow Mountain Peru: Everything You Need To Know
It was definitely the hardest hike I’ve ever done given the altitude and no preparation. But don’t let that deter you from the hike. It’s definitely worth it!
Total Costs: $2,376 (SRB: $1,176; YA: $1,201)
We breached our budget but there was nothing we could do. With no more travel points left and necessary tourism expenses, we were able to slightly offset our costs by saving money while staying at my grandparent’s place.
Her Budget (18.42% LTD)
We had an unavoidable 8% build to her overall travel budget pushing us to 18.42%. With no airfare points left, she was hit with the full fee of an airline ticket. The high fixed costs for getting to, and from entering, Machu Picchu didn’t help either. However, the low costs of Peru in comparison to the US plus being able to stay with family while in Lima, we were able to better balance our costs for this trip.
Our Progress (21.43%)
Our trip to Peru was Yagmur’s first time to South America!
Let’s not forget our Lima pic!
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Safe travels everyone!!!
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