Recently a friend’s wedding brought me down to the beautiful country of Peru. Here’s a few photos of my trip!

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Lima Coast

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Surfers at sunset

You may find the coast of Lima to be reminiscent of Malibu, California, with steep cliffs leading to a beautiful coastline. I recommend taking in the beautiful view at sunset from the restaurant La Rosa Nautica, located in Pier 4 of the Lima Beach Circuit.

Visiting Machu Picchu

Of course no trip to Peru would be complete with a trip to one of the “new” wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. We stayed at the Hotel Monasterio in Cusco, a former monastery and national monument dating back to 1592. Upon arrival you are greeted with a cup of Coca tea, which is widely believed to alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness.

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Hotel Monasterio

While there’s an option to trek to the top of Machu Picchu (for those more outdoorsy types), we opted to take the train. The ride was three and a half hours each way, followed by a thirty-minute (or so) bus ride up the mountain. While a tour guide can provide some interesting facts, it can also limit your “exploration time”. If I were to do it again, I’d definitely go without a guide.

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Machu Picchu

Constructed around 1450 AD, archaeologists believe Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti, but abandoned a century later during the Spanish Conquest.

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My next pet?

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Jumping for joy

Flights to Lima, Peru

Finding inexpensive flights to Lima is pretty difficult. It’s not everyday we publish a $355 roundtrip fare from D.C. to Lima! From most major international airports, you are going to pay somewhere between $800-$1,100. Prices can vary quite a bit depending upon the time of year of day of the week you travel. Make sure to consult a Fly.com Low Fare Calendar prior to booking a flight. Calendars can be accessed on the cheap flights to Lima page (from D.C., LA, San Fran, NYC & Miami), for other cities generate your own custom Fly.com Low Fare Calendar (enter your origin and destination on the bottom of the page).

 Photos from My Trip to Peru: Machu Picchu & the Coast

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Maria is Senior Marketing Manager of Fly.com. One of her favorite destinations is Argentina, where she’s trekked glaciers, rappelled off a waterfall and pet lions and tigers (but no bears, oh my).
  • http://www.viventura.com/tours/peru Peru traveler

    Looks like you had a lot of fun in Peru! did you visit Arequipa? when I went there my favorite places where also Lima and Machu Picchu and trying the Peruvian ceviche and the pisco sour was just great.

  • Maria

    Unfortunately I didn’t make it to Arequipa but I hope to return one day and catch everything I wasn’t able to see. I’ve got to agree on the ceviche and pisco sours – those were delicious!

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