Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Viva el Perú!

For the longest time, I'd wanted to go to Peru. There's just something about this South American country that kept me mesmerized. Maybe it was the mysterious Machu Picchu. Or it could have been the paradise that Lake Titicaca is. It might have even been the colorful clothes and smiling people I saw so often on travel channels. Whatever it was, I knew that I just had to see and experience this country for myself.

I chose to go to Peru for my honeymoon as I didn't want the typical beach destination. I was seeking a totally different experience - adventure, history, local culture and traditions, interaction with the natives, food, music and nature all rolled into one. Peru fit my needs and interests perfectly. It was also the first time I was to set foot into South America.

I booked my flight tickets on Iberia, the Spanish carrier, which offered the most convenient route: Geneva-Madrid-Lima. As the major sites in Peru are all spaced out, I figured the best way to travel within the country would be by flight. Afterall, I was only spending 2 weeks there, and driving from one city to another would have been way too time consuming. A Peruvian friend helped a great deal in organizing the trip, which we were doing completely on our own, without an agent, and she suggested that we book our domestic flights with LAN. This proved to be a fantastic idea as it was surprisingly one of the most efficient airlines I have ever flown. Also, we booked most of our accommodation at Casa Andina, and this too ended up being a great experience.

The itinerary was planned as follows:

Lima-Arequipa-Puno-Cusco-Puerto Maldonado-Lima

I'm leaving you with a glimpse of Peru for now, and will be back with more details of each segment in different entries.

Do enjoy!


El Niño said...

Superbe video... Cannot wait for the other videos...

Ravipa said...

Wonderful video. And the quality is getting better and better - espcially the title cards, transition from one scene to another, music, graphics etc. Excellent! And you captured the Peru's essence in 4 mins! Preethi, you look as if you were born there in the local dress....

banoo said...

awesome video! and the global connection from Geneva to Lima is lovely. I am sure anybody sees this video would get tempted to visit Peru and I am at it! (Mr Venki....please! hehehe)

Both od you look nice while rowing the boat as well as climbing the branch!


SirBV said...

Really nice video. Preunti/Maapu, edit the YouTube descriptions!


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