Monday, August 23, 2010

To Peru & Back

I'm back from 10 wonderful days in Peru. My Husband and I love to travel and we had been saving for a big trip. A lot of locations were discussed but Peru was on the top of both of our lists so away we went. Joining us were my younger brother and Dad (on either end in the picture below).At some point I will make a complete list of all the places we went but I have a lot of catching up to do first! With over 1,000 pictures these are just some I picked but probably more are coming. We started off at Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world which is home to a whole community living on an island made completely out of reeds.
We took several train rides, most on the Hiram Bingham through amazing and mind blogging landscapes ( I will be back with better pictures).
We stayed at the most wonderful hotels like the Monasterio (below), Casa Andina and The Inkaterra...
Met so many interesting locals along the way...
Saw very remote places that constantly reminded all of us how lucky we are to go on trips like this one...
Snuck in a date night in Cusco, a truly hidden gem of a city.
But the whole reason we went was....Machu Picchu, ruins hidden the Andes Mountains that are beyond words.
I have been so blessed to travel to some amazing places- Africa, Patagonia and all over Chile (my Dad's home where that whole side of the family still lives), Europe and more and I can say that Machu Picchu is indescribably special. There is nothing I can type here that could begin to describe the spirit of this place.
We spent two days there and the second day we went really early to catch sunrise over Machu Picchu, I will never, ever, forget that moment. Ever. Watching the sun come up (over mountains 8,200 ft in elevation) onto ancient remains was moving and emotional...
The remains were astounding and on there own would have been impressive. However, the very remote setting surrounded by the Andes made it that much more unique (picture taken from high above)...
The trip covered Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu/Aquas Calientes, and ended in Peru.

I would recommend this trip to anyone. Peru is a wonderful country full of unique and special places. More to come at some point but I wanted to share were I had been. Now it is back to the real world, sigh.

38 comments:

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

This trip looks simply amazing, glad you were able to go and take it all in! Great photos! Share more when you can! Janell

lizziefitz said...

I am awe struck! The views are spectacular. Thank you for sharing . I look forward to future pics. Welcome home.

Design Esquire said...

Your trip looks fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing your photos!!

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

beautiful photos--your trip looks amazing! with so many photos, it would be nice to create a hardbound book of all of your trips to keep as you and your husband (and extended family) make more memories over the years. they make great gifts, too!

In My Tennis Shoes said...

oh my, what a great trip! and those ruines! i bet they were breathtaking! thanks for sharing! love your blog!

Mary said...

Welcome back! All the pictures are beautiful. You guys must of had a fabulous time.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

looks like so much fun! great pictures

Emily said...

What an amazing experience. I can't wait to hear more about it. I've been dying to go there. Glad to have you back!

Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

What an amazing and inspirational trip to have gone on!
Please tell me that beautiful photo of you and I am assuming your dear hubby with the sun flare will be frame and loved for years to come.
Glad you had safe travels!! xo

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Looks like an amazing trip and how cute is your vacation wardrobe!

Slices of Beauty... said...

Such a wow place, thanks for sharing!
Happy Monday.

Katie said...

What a blessed girl you are! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us so we can live vicariously through you. :) Everyone I know who's been to Machu Picchu has been absolutely blown away ... It's on my "bucket list" for sure! Welcome back!

Katie said...

So glad you enjoyed the interview, Marianne! Thanks for your comment. :)

JMW said...

What a gorgeous place and an amazing experience! From how you described it, I bet you also found it rather spiritual. And how great that you not only shared it with your hubby, but your dad and brother, too!

A Perfect Gray said...

beautiful. a friend went recently and loved it. thanks so much for the photos; they are breath-taking...

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Literally got goosebumps looking at those amazing pictures!

I'm so happy you had a great time!

Thanks for sharing with all of those pics!

xo,
C

Beks said...

You are so precious Marianne! I loved the pics and so happy that you got to go on this amazing experience what a blessing. Welcome back, enjoy re-entry back into reality :)

A House and Home said...

I went to Peru in 2006. What an amazing place! Truly a treasure. I hope that at some point I can go back with my husband. I love pisco sours and ceviche. He loves camping and loves mountains. I think it would be fun to hike up to Machu Picchu. Looks like you had a blast! Welcome home.

bella vita said...

What an exciting time! Glad you had a safe and fun experience.

paula said...

Marianne, looks like you had the very best time. Cant wait to hear all about it (face to face). Also your husband seems to be tall too :)

Gramercy Home said...

What fun. Beautiful pictures. Welcome home!

Hamptontoes said...

Awesome! My kind of trip. Did you do any hiking?

pretty pink tulips said...

WOW! Can't wait to see more pictures - but these capture the joy and awe you experienced. Love the one of you in front of Machu Picchu!

xo Elizabeth

Sweet Nothings said...

can i come next time please!!

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Your photos are fantastic! Looks like a fun trip!

My Interior Life said...

It looks like you had an incredible time! My dad went to Machu Picchu years ago and took some breathtaking photos. One day, I hope to go. You are very lucky! Can't wait to see more of your photos . . .

Jennifer said...

oh how wonderful! can't wait to hear more about it!

Laura Trevey said...

Wow!! Amazing photos... looks like a fabulous trip...

xoxo Laura

LAURA!!! said...

wow. beautiful!

Katie said...

Looks like a great trip! Love the pictures!

Sarah said...

Such breathtaking photos. It looks like an amazing journey, I hope to hear and see more about it. Welcome back!

Viera said...

What a fantastic trip. Thank you so much for sharing your photos.
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Dumbwit Tellher said...

Your photos from your adventure to Peru are amazing Marianne. I can't think of a better word. It's just incredible that your had your brother & your father with you. What memories for you all. Thank you for sharing with us. Truly a pleasure to see & read about such an amazing place. I'm game now to visit gorgeous Peru.

X deb

Oonafey said...

You lucky girl... I have been to Chichen Itza and Tulum, but Matchu Picchu looks 1,000 times more amazing!

Pink Wallpaper said...

you have your dad's eyes :) looks like a FABULOUS time and an amazing trip!!

Tessa said...

What an incredible vacation! Your photos were stunning! thanks for sharing it with us! :)

carolina postcard said...

What a good lookin' bunch and fabulous trip! I would love to visit there one day.

Sara Mueller said...

So glad to hear you had a good time in Peru. We are moving in about 6 months to Lima, Peru. We will be there for 1 year traveling all over South America. My husband's job will actually be to travel and I and our son will tag along. I am so excited about the move and you made it even more. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Sara - www.adoseofpretty.blogspot.com