My recent trip to Peru with Blue Parallel was absolutely amazing. From the friendly people, the breathtaking views, the deep rooted history, to the delicious food – I left Peru with renewed feelings of happiness and wisdom. While there, I challenged myself to push my comfort level and was rewarded with unique experiences and views worth a lifetime. My most memorable moment was when I went mountain biking for the first time in my life in the Sacred Valley – the rush of adrenaline as a I cycled down my first steep hill with the views of the Andes to my right and the wind whipping my hair back will always remain one of my favorite travelling experiences. We started above the quaint village of Cruzpata and along the way I was able to see traditional Quechua women tending their fields, which created a stunning patchwork of landscape as far as the eye can see. Later, we enjoyed a gourmet picnic in the shadow of the Andes before continuing our bike ride to the Moray ruins, famous for its amphitheater-type ruins formed by circular terraces. Due to its micro-climatic conditions and other significant characteristics, Moray is widely regarded as an Incan agricultural experiment station. Although it was my first time mountain biking, it definitely won’t be my last after such an invigorating experience.
The one thing that impacted me the most about Peru was the vibrant farm land. Culturally, Peru is an astounding place with over 30 civilizations calling it home over the last 14,000 years. However, the true treasure of Peru is the land. The fertile soil of the Sacred Valley enabled many civilizations to thrive growing corn, herbs, many varieties of potatoes, and much more. You could drop a seed in the ground and it would most likely turn into a farm! The lush greenery that covers the agricultural terraces in many remote archeological sites to the farmland of the hillsides in the sacred valley amazed me. Seeing the local people tilling and seeding their land was quite different for me, coming from a metropolitan city like Buenos Aires. The produce of these local farms later become delicious Peruvian snacks like roasted corn kernels, dried plantains, and many different varieties of corn chips, which were great to refuel while climbing and hiking in Peru.
Overall my experience in Peru was one for the books. From the mountain biking, the hiking, the scenery, cuisine, and the people, I will be sure to return once again to explore the many new archaeology finds and natural wonders they keep discovering as time goes on.
–Alessandra Motola, Travel Expert