From start to finish, it took us 6 separate domestic & international flights to get where we were going on our journey to and through Peru. It was a hectic itinerary, so we slowed down a little in the middle of the trip to catch our breaths and to see a part of the country we would have otherwise missed. The day after our exhausting day at Machu Picchu and hiking Huayna Picchu, we caught a daylong bus from Cusco to Puno, touring through ancient towns and mountainous villages. I really enjoyed the tour, because although it was a really long day (it took about 10 hours from start to finish), there was a lot of down time in between stops to gaze out the window, take a nap (I took like 18), or listen to the guide’s information.
I was ashamedly ignorant to the way things worked in Peru — I didn’t know what kind of government they had, how literate the Peruvians were as a people, what the country’s largest industries were… I was pretty much clueless about all of that (and more). Our guide gave us more than enough informative facts throughout the day, including one that I found pretty surprising: up until 1994, only 40% of Peru had working electricity in their homes. I was SHOCKED. #firstworldproblems
Taking the bus through the Peruvian countryside ended up being one of my favorite days of the trip — it broke up the fast-paced exhaustive schedule we were running through and opened my eyes to so many new things about the country.
Would you like to take a long bus tour through a new country like this?
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