Waking up the next morning after getting to cross off one of your major bucket list items sure does feel good. However, waking up after walking for miles up and down uneven stone steps made by the Incas hundreds of years ago sure does hurt too! Jason and I were so ridiculously sore the next day we were pretty much waddling instead of walking. Not only were we sore, we were so sun burnt! Our bodies were tired and weary but we still had one more thing to see before we left the Sacred Valley and that was the Archaeological Park in Ollantaytambo, the town we were staying in.
I will be completely honest here and say that we didn't spend as much time here as we originally anticipated. We were seriously beat so we cut it short and found ourselves a colectivo and got our ride back to Cusco. We got dropped off at a plaza not too far from our hotel, but we were so tired, we got ourselves lost - seriously going up and down the same street the hotel was on! We needed naps. After we settled into our room and rested a bit, we had to go back out for our last night in Cusco and grab a few souvenirs for family and say goodbye to this amazing city.
Next morning we were refreshed and ready to fly out to Lima and spend the day exploring Peru's capital city. Avianca Airlines, however, thought we might enjoy spending most of our day at the airport instead! Our domestic flight was delayed and we didn't leave Cusco for about 4 hours later. Nobody was happy about the situation, but I was just glad we didn't have to catch our flight home that day.
Once we finally made it to Lima, we got an Uber and made our way to our hotel in the Mira Flores district. At this point, it was mid afternoon and we didn't have much time for sight seeing. We ended up checking in to our hotel and simply grabbing some appetizers and drinks at a restaurant in the nearby Larcomar Shopping Center. The shopping center was right on a cliff overlooking the water and had tons of American stores, like Gap, Victorias Secret, and restaurants like Chilis. It felt like we were at an outdoor mall in Miami! We walked around there a bit after we ate and then walked some more around town. We ate at a Chinese restaurant, which is popular in Peru and called Chifa, fusing both Peruvian and Chinese ingredients and traditions.
We arranged an Uber to take us to the airport the next morning and off we were to make our way back home. At this point, we were pretty exhausted from all the traveling and ready to sleep in our beds and enjoy the first world comforts we take for granted, such as clean water and toilet paper!
Thanks for sticking around and ready all about our adventures in Peru! In the coming months I plan on sharing a few useful tips on planning your own Peruvian trip, like the best time to see Machu Picchu, transportation, and must-haves. Let me know if there's something specific you'd like me to share and I'll be sure to do so!