Have a look around the history rich Peru. Including Arequipa, Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu

I started my adventure in Arequipa, which is a which is a beautiful town surrounded by no less than 3 volcanos. It is filled with gorgeous buildings, amazing bridges and the 500 year old Santa Catalina Monastary which is still in use today. Arequipa is over 2000m above sea level so you have to take your time to acclimatise before walking far or you get light headed very quickly, which was fineby me who was happy to sit back and watch all the dancing.

From Arequipa, I took a tour of the Colca Valley which is famous for not only being the deepest canyon in the world, but also being home to the largest flying bird in the world, the Condor. 

Next I took an overnight bus ride to Puno, a town on the edge of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world sitting at 3810m above sea level. I didn't sleep much on the coach as there lots of llamas and flamingos to see on the way. 

I took a tour boat around the Lake and visited Taquile Island the straw island of Uros.The Here we were shown how the islands are made and given a tour in a straw boat. 

Once back in Puno, I got on the Andean Exporer to Cusco. This ten hour journey through the mountains is breath taking! Standing on the observation deck at the back, you can watch as entire markets along the tracks are put back seconds after the train snakes through.

From Cusco, we got a train from Ollantaytambo to the glorious Macchu Picchu which was the perfect end to our Peru trip. 

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