Peru National FlagRepública del Perú (गणराज्य पेरु) – is where I will be going next. Among other things, I am most excited about hiking on Inca trails in the Andes and getting a feel of being ‘completely lost’ in a country where nobody speaks English (umm.. or Marathi or Hindi ;) ). I’m looking forward to all the trouble :)

Peru and its neighbors
Peru and its South American neighbours

Peru, as you might know, is a South American country surrounded by Pacific ocean to its west and Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile from north to south in that order. It was a Spanish colony until 1821 and had a turbulent democratic history. The coastal areas in Peru look geographically much like India’s coastal strip from Konkan to Kerala, because just like India’s Western Ghats (Sahyadris) along the Arabian Sea, Peru has the Andes along the Pacific Ocean. The Andes rise much taller than Sahyadris though, often having snow covered peaks.

I’ve initiated contacts with people in Peru, although 2 weeks is not a time long enough to network. In case you (readers) have any contacts, I’d be glad to get in touch. I still have to research, reserve, get visa, insurance etc.

And this also prompts me to expedite my Israel Travelogs (Scrolls from the Holy Land) which, I admit, have not kept up well lately.

62 thoughts on “Peru

  1. Priyank, nice travel plans, hope you can bring back good stuff back, I meant photos and stories. Good luck if I don’t blog you before that. Anna :)

  2. why do u need insurance?whats that about?Initiated contacts – sounds like language from a war novel “they came but never made contact”, with whom, what kinda people have you ‘initiated contact’?

  3. Wow! I just googled Peru and it looks like you are going to have great fun :) Keep us posted with the details :) I am checking if there is anyone in Peru with whom you can keep in touch.

  4. That’s amazing!!

    It’s a great choice I must say and is also on my list of ‘must-see’ places including a visit to the Lost City of the Incas.

    Go, young man, and come back safe and then share with us your experiences on how much you enjoyed being ”completely lost.” :)

    ps: Looking forward to more e-scrolls. :)

  5. this is something I dreamt of..many years ago, I stopped at peru airport and could not go beyond the city..wish I actually did..I have just one souvenier of the place..


  6. Trisha, I might have to get travel/medical insurance for this trip. Regarding contacts – well it is always nice to know someone at the totally unfamiliar place you are going to. I like meeting new people and sometimes on solo trips it could get boring after a while.

  7. Yes Bob, I’ll take lots of pics. Although I am seriously considering buying a better camera. But that would mean carrying more luggage and being more careful. So lets see !

  8. Cellu yes I’ll be safe and return with lots of interesting stories. I am going to the lost city of Incas, however I just discovered that the trek to Machu Picchu is booked until August, so I’d have to take a train or a bus… kinda sucks but then thats what you get if you book barely 3 weeks in advance :(

  9. backpakker (Lakshmi): So far I have only booked air tickets to Lima. Unless I research something very soon, I think I’ll be stuck at the airport… lol!

  10. hey all the best 4 ur trip may it be safe n successful. U seem to be a busy man, I marvel at the fact that u manage to update ur site.Great going!! :)

  11. prax: Yes surely I will keep you informed about whats happening :) Much better than seattle – yes but almost same cost? no :D its more than double! But the fun is wayy higher!

  12. Darshana
    Welcome to my website and thanks for dropping by and commenting. i dont find as much time as I should to update the site :( anyway, keep visiting. You havent given your blog address btw.

  13. glad to see ur promt response :) well boss my blog address is yet to be discovered hope to provide u with that soon.

  14. Great, Priyank! Bon voyage and enjoy your stay. I have got my hands on daxin-rang by Meena Prabhu this week — Travelogue of five South American countries. Will try reading through it, and let you know if I find some useful tips :)

  15. Nandan, nice to see you here after a while :) Which are the 5 south american countries she traveled too? I hope it includes Peru too :) Otherwise I can put the book to use later by going to other countries! hehehe. I will look forward to your email. cheers!

  16. Dropping in to check if I’d be lucky to get to read another e-scroll.

    So, are your plans to Machu Picchu finalized? Go, go, if not trekking, take a bus, train, bullock cart…. :)

  17. Celine: I wish I could post some blogs :( But I don’t think I can post for atleast 3 weeks now…

    MP – nothing planned in my trip so far, but I will go there some way or other… Afterall, who goes to Paris and not watch Eiffel tower, or Toronto and CN tower? I am already getting nightmares that I am in a shanty town surrounded by Spanish speaking villagers who are yelling at me and I can’t understand what they are talking about !

  18. Hey recently I watched a movie named “The Terminal” which reminded me of u. Incase u’ve missed it, it was abt a man (Victor) from Karkhozia who knows very lil’ english n is caught up at the airport in the US. Well boy expect the best but be prepared for the worst. :) Wish u a safe journey again.

  19. Hey recently I watched a movie named “The Terminal” which reminded me of u. Incase u’ve missed it, it was abt a man (Victor) from Karkhozia who knows very lil’ english n is caught up at the airport in the US. Well boy expect the best but be prepared for the worst. :)

  20. MP, since its a World Heritage Site, guess one can expect it to be tourist friendly. Best wishes again for a safe and pleasant trip. :)

  21. Oh Puku, how much I envy you now. :(
    Have you seen happiness and jealous both together ? I too wanted to visit South America. You lucky !!

    Are you going there just as a tourist or is it again a part of your studies ?

  22. Hi Cuckoo, yea I have seen happiness and jealousy both together ;)
    Thanks for the tag. I’ll try to do it (dont know when!).. cheers.

  23. Nice pics and updates… will need a lot of time to catch up with 5 months of your work. But I will do it. Btw, your site is running like the wind now. Great improvement!!

  24. Lucky you… I’ve always dream of the Machu Picchu, but was only in Lima!
    Beware, it was the only place where I had my wallet stolen… ;))

  25. Hey Priyank,
    what a great route you took. I did the Lima, Trujillo, Mancora and then the amazon from Colombia to Iquitos. But when i go back to Peru, i am so doing your route!!

  26. Domina:
    Welcome to and its so nice to see you here! I am envious – you went to the rainforests….. aaaah, I have to go there next time for sure :) Thanks for dropping by.

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