12. Now Lima being the capital city of Peru apart from being historically very significant, there are many places to visit specially Miraflores and Larcomar. One of the best way to see the city is to either take a walking tour(tip only basis) or one of the many open roof buses.Read More
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12. Now Lima being the capital city of Peru apart from being historically very significant, there are many places to visit specially Miraflores and Larcomar. One of the best way to see the city is to either take a walking tour(tip only basis) or one of the many open roof buses.
Machu Pichhu, the name resonates with mystery, intrigue and of course one of the new Seven Wonders of the modern world. Machu Pichhu in the native quechua language means “old mountain”. For me, it was the journey of a lifetime and a dream travel destination that was long awaited. Machu Picchu is today the top tourist destination in South America attracting global tourists. However few Indian tourists visit this place perhaps due to the long distance involved or lack of awareness.But thanks to the super hit film “Robot”, in which Rajnikanth shakes a leg with Aishwarya Rai on top of Machu Pichhu for a popular song inappropriately titled“Kilimanjaro”, Indians have started to realize the potential of this great archaeological site. I traveled from Lima, the capital of Peru to Cusco Cityby flight. The flight lasting approximately 75 minutes offers breathtaking view of the snow capped Andes mountain range below.Once you reach Cusco, a small town located at a height of 3,400 meters above sea level, altitude sickness could take a heavy toll on human body due to lack of oxygen. Hence the tourists are recommended to take medication to beat the sickness. I had taken adequate precaution, yet I succumbed to this sickness just after completing the city tour. Most American tourists come well prepared and stay for 3-4 days to acclimatize themselves before exploring the mystical city. There is no accommodation at Machu Pichhu except for an expensive Traveler Lodge and hence Cusco remains the base camp. Next day early morning 6 am, I had to take the luxury Train to Machu Pichhu and hence preferred to skip dinner and take adequate rest.
Lima is one of those places in Peru where you will usually land because it is the starting point of your itinerary or a transit stop. It generally isn't a very recommended place by travelers. We used Lima to divide our journey to Peru into two parts. The town pleasantly surprised us despite expecting the worse. The industrial and financial center of Peru and one of the most important centers of Latin America, it has a population of around 8 million people. The most interesting parts of Lima are its small neighborhoods of Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco, where you will find numerous restaurants and cafes. The Centro Historico has a rich number of historical buildings. It's not recommended to travel here at night as it is highly unsafe. This part of town is also where the huge park, El Parque De La Reserva, is located. It nowadays houses the Circuito Magico del Agua, containing many different fountains with stunning light-shows at night.