For a long time I had been wanting to go to Peru to visit one of the seven wonders of the world: MACHU PICCHU, a magnificent place filled with history and undeniable energy.
My trip began by exploring the city of Lima, the colonial zone, the pier, and museums like the Mate Museum (where Latin American designers are showcasted in a exhibit curated by the Venezuelan Mónica Sordo). I fondly savored the renowned Peruvian cuisine, with essential visits to exquisite restaurants that I highly recommend, such as El Mercado, Maido, Rafael, just to name a few.
And that's how my adventure began via Cuzco en route to the Inca temple, Machu Picchu.
The energy of this place is extraordinary, it makes you feel as if you were in another dimension that enables you to unlink for a few days – it’s almost unimaginable. Despite the fact that the altitude had its way, I still drank Coca tea throughout my stay and my legs hurt for four days straight – I enjoyed it a lot. I prompt you to visit the MACHU PICCHU website to learn about its history.
I went in expeditions with EXPLORA, a travel-guide chain that just opened its doors in El Valle Sagrado.
I discovered archaeological sites of the Incas, toured Las Salinas, and learned about the Quechua culture. One can not leave this place without eating a delightfully tasty CORN (CHOCLO) from the area.
I had the opportunity to see up close how the natives create fabrics with astoundingly bright colors that give birth to an infinity of precious items handmade by indigenous communities.
The vibrant colors were provocative and refreshing! This site was a great source of inspiration for my new collection that I will undoubtedly name, CUZCO.
My trip culminated with a ride on the BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER train (this ride is a MUST!!!!!)
En route to Lake Titicaca in Puno, where I arrived at the UROS Floating Islands. Although the Inca’s temple impressed me, this simply took my breath away!
This is a place where there are more than 120 floating islands made of TOTORA, a plant that resembles dried palm leaves. The communities have lived in this place for many generations and continue to live in an artisanal way.
Its inhabitants are very kind and welcoming. A family invited me to visit their house where I had the pleasure to share their customs, and I even had the opportunity to dress like the natives: with colorful wide skirts and hair ornaments. It was an unforgettable experience.
I leave inspired, full of positive energy, wanting to work and move forward, ready to embrace what awaits me in NYC.
My Top Ten:
- Eating at “EL MERCADO” restaurant
- Having an exquisite culinary experience at “MAIDO”
- Tour experience with “EXPLORA” in Sacred Valley
- Eating a CHOCLO(corn)
- Climbing up to the door of the SUN
- Taking a picture in MACHU PICCHU
- Buying a poncho or a blanket made from baby alpaca or vicuña
- Getting a massage at the Belmond Train Spa
- Observing the sunrise on Lake TITICACA
- Visiting the floating islands and interacting with the natives
Until Next Time!