In my whole trip, traveling South America is the most memorable one.
Needless to say, a trip in South America is somewhat adventerous. It is a huge land in the meanwhile, there are so many places you must visit such as Machu Picchu, Uyuni Salt Lake, Iguazu falls etc.
I started my trip from Lima, Peru, visiting my friends. My friends, Suemy and her mom, were originally from Lima but stayed in Japan for 18 years. However right before starting my trip, they moved back to Lima and I was welcomed to their house.
Right after arrival they welcomed me with a peru dish.
They showed me around interesting places in Lima and taught me their culture. Also we celebrated Suemy's birthday together. 1 month after traveling, I felt at home and safe at their place. I got my energy charged at this moment before starting a big adventure.
They took me to a Peruvian herval medicine shop. It contains aloevera. It was tasty!!
Peruvian people love dancing :)
Finally I came all the way to South America...
Also Suemy advised me to take a movie rather than pictures. Since then I started editing movies..
After having a nice time with them, I again became alone and started my journey to Cusco. From Lima to Cusco, I took a bus which is around 24 hours drive. In South America, being 24 hours in a bus is quite normal. I took buses frequently. Of course it is tiring but that is the way how to explorer in South America.
Bus riding was actually nice in South America. The view was more than I can express. Seeing the vast nature was touchy. I was listening to music and all the time I was having an emotional moment. It was a good time to think about myself.
There are several grades and this is one of the good ones. Looks fine, right?
However going to Cusco always brings altitude sickness. The elevation is around 3,400m. The drive itself was fine but after arriving to Cusco, I was suffering from nausea and headache as well as coldness. The temperature became so low but they don't have a good heater system. I was again staying at somebody's house but taking a shower was like a torture..
Having 1 night was enough for me to recover from the sickness. I started exploring the historical town from the next day. The view was vast and the sky was clear. The city was quite pretty and there were so many interesting food and culture.
Morning time is freezing cold and daytime is hot like a summer..
Also Cusco is the main place to access to Machu Picchu. I took a "backpacker way" to reach there, taking a van, arriving to the nearest point after 7 hours drive, and walk up along a train path.
On the way to Machu Picchu, I met 3 girls from Singapore. It takes around 1.5 hours to go up and we started walking together. They eventually turned to my travel mates and we traveled together for several days.
The view of Machu Picchu was more than I had seen in TV shows or pictures. All the way to Machu Picchu makes me feel more valuable to be there.
Over all, the Inca culture was very interesting. Foods were all about Pollo (chicken) and potatos.lol
South America has too many fascinating places to tell all in once!!! There are tons of nice places & stories that I cannot write here. I hope you can enjoy pictures at least.