Peru 2005 Day One: Flight to Lima

by Kara on July 22, 2005

Stephen has 306 images from our trip to Peru on his website, if you would like to see more than what appears in my travelogue.

I am not sure how Stephen and I happened upon the idea to go to Peru for vacation this year. Personally, I knew next to nothing about Peru, except that the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu could be found there. Two of my main travel interests are history/archaeology and animals, so I figured any country that had opportunities to experience both of these things in abundance must be pretty good. Pretty good turned out to be the understatement of the year. Peru is a beautiful, amazing country and I am so glad we had the opportunity to visit.

Rather than booking through an American travel agent, we took the advice of some friends who had honeymooned in Peru and booked directly through a Peruvian tour company, Explorandes. This was the single smartest decision we made in planning our trip. Explorandes has operated in Peru for 30 years, and they made sure that every aspect of our adventure went as smoothly as possible, even when the unexpected happened. They were easy to work with and extremely knowledgeable. We chose the Classic Adventure tour package, and added on a two-night stay in the Amazon rainforest. I made all the arrangements via email with Vicky at Explorandes and it couldn’t have been easier.

A shuttle picked us up at 4:30 a.m. for our flight out of San Francisco on July 22, 2005. We live quite close to the San Jose airport, but we saved $800 by flying out of SFO, so we sprung for $100 round trip for a van to the airport. We flew on Delta, with a plane change in Atlanta, and the trip was thankfully uneventful. We arrived in Lima around 10:30 p.m., and the airport was not very busy, so we flew through customs. There is only a two-hour time difference between California and Peru, so it was pretty easy to adjust. As soon as we came out of the passengers only area, we saw the Explorandes driver holding a sign with my name. Vanessa from Explorandes was there to meet us and we chatted with her on the 20 minute drive to the Hotel Mundo. Our hotel was in the Miraflores section of Lima, which is really the safest spot for tourists. Vanessa went through our whole itinerary with us to make sure we had all the correct vouchers for the various hotels and tours, as well as our domestic plane tickets. The hotel room was spare, but clean, and we zonked out pretty quickly.

Check out more of Stephen’s pictures of Peru.

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Stephen September 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm

The idea about going to Peru came from Lennox and Krishna. They had gone I think the year before us and recommended Explorandes. Plus it was not very expensive, around $100 per day per person.

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