As hard as it was to leave this beautiful place, our fabulous three weeks in Peru had come to an end and we were missing our peeps and little cabin back home.
Winding down our fabulous three-week trip to Peru, we knew beforehand that after the fun-but-hectic itinerary we'd need a couple of days to relax and unwind before we came home.
It's Peru's tourist claim-to-fame and one of the most visited sites in the world, on many people's bucket list, with up to 5,000 visitors daily.
Which is precisely the reason Kim and I did not add Machu Picchu to our original Peru itinerary.
After the steaminess of the Amazon jungle and the rugged accommodations therein, I have to say the cool mountain air of Cusco and the luxurious hotel we stayed in were even more appreciated than ever. This colorful mosaic was just outside our Cusco hotel.
The Amazon jungle is an incredible place, so far removed from our normal life that it often felt like we'd been transported to another planet, another time.
Here's your trivia question for the day...What is a large group of parrots called? I had no idea...it's called a "pandemonium"! Crazy! I tried posting this video yesterday of the clay lick we hiked to in Peru, but the website got all wonky and I got frustrated and removed it. So thought I'd try it again, all by its lonesome. Enjoy the pandemonium!
Our third day in Peru's Manu National Park began very early, leaving before daybreak at 5:20 am. in the boat to beat the parrots that come each morning to this clay lick.
Despite our rugged accommodations, both Kim and I slept like the proverbial babies (not like REAL babies who, as I recollect, don't sleep all that well) and were rearing to go the next morning.
Manu is the reason we came to Peru. (Kim and me with our fabulous guide Nicolas at the park entrance.)
Our very early morning flight took us from Lima, Peru up into the Andes Mountains and set us down in the city of Cusco, elevation 11,152 feet.