Trip of a Lifetime

So, back in 2013, my good friend Sarah told me about a trip she was planning to the Amazon Rainforest. We were chatting about it, and I was really interested in what she was describing. “Why don’t you come?” she asked. I was working full time on a gap year from uni, I had saved up a decent amount and wasn’t really planning to do much with those savings beside…save. I’ve never travelled without my family at this point, and travelling to a country on the other side of the world where I didn’t speak the language seemed terrifying..but also exciting. I had lots of doubts and fears. It took me a few weeks to come to a decision, yes I’ll come with.

The trip then became a month long excursion around Peru. We hit seven different cities, we spent a week in the Amazon Rainforest, we hiked to Machu Picchu, and spent a month travelling between hostels, meeting others from around the globe who were also travelling through Peru. It was the most daring thing I’ve ever done. I conquered my fears of travelling to a unknown and far-off place. Of spending a month travelling between cities, staying in hostels and taking part in a new adventure with Sarah.

The cities we spent time in were Lima, Arequipa, Cuzco, Puno, Ica (and Huacachina), Paracas and Iquitos. We spent five days doing the Salkantay Trek up to Machu Picchu. We spent a week in a lodge in the Amazon Rainforest. Peru is an amazingly diverse country, we went from being up mountains, to being in a desert, to being in a jungle. Both Sarah and I researched extensively to make the most out of this trip. We wanted to do as much as we could, to see and experience what Peru had to offer.


I kept a detailed travel journal while over there, which I have recently found. I also have literally thousands of pictures that Sarah and I took saved on my hard drive. I’m going to delve into these and relive the adventures, and share them with you! I’ll review the hostels we stayed at too, so anyone planning to backpack through Peru can see where we stayed. It’s a fun distraction to keep me from getting too stressed as the wedding comes closer. I’m excited, but damn there’s a lot to do. I’ll do my best to stay active on the blog on my down time. I hope you’ll enjoy relieving my Peru adventures with me over the next two weeks!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s entry. We’re starting with Lima!


Hello internet! My name is Angela. I write daily about my travels, life, thoughts, and ramblings. I live down in New Zealand with my lovely husband, Rory. Thanks for stopping by!
  1. Very nice…if you still remember a story from 2013. This shows your trip would have been a real fun trip!! Will stay tuned to read on and hopefully travel one day to those beautiful places.

    1. We went from the end of December 2013 to January 2014. I kept my journal from the trip, and have been looking through all my photos and videos. These jog my memory heaps, and it was such an amazing trip! I’m planning on posting about each city we went to there. Definitely visit Peru one day if you’re able, it’s a beautiful country. Make sure you visit Machu Picchu and/or the Amazon Rainforest. Those were the highlights of our trip!!
      All the best 🙂

  2. Angela…this is my dream trip! We want to plan a trip to Manchu Picchu! We have always gone on trips totally other directions…and that has been wonderful! However, I am fascinated about the history of this place and we would definitely hike up to it! I might be way slower than my husband!!!! But…I could make it!!!

    1. Go for it! The only way I went on this trip, it just deciding to do it. There are many options to go with for the hike up. The traditional one is the Inka trail, but we went with the Salkantay trek for an alternate route. Parts of it were definitely tough, but we made it up! Slowly and steadily we got up there. It’s definitely worth the hike and the experience. Especially once you make it to Machu Picchu 😀

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  4. So glad you decided to go! I haven’t seen Machu Picchu yet but I would love to!

    1. It’s an amazing place! Definitely bucket list worthy 😀

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