Vera's big trip
I'm really sorry but I don't have really a lot of time to write a really long entry. The mostimportend stuff is just the Interprogprogramm which will be at the and of my text. As I arrived in Lima I was so terribel afraid that nobody picks me up. But Jesy was there with here parents and I was so happy. I slept two nights in their house and went than to the hostel where I met the rest of my travelgroup. We fallowed the Intersprogprogram. What I just like to add is that I was more or less two of the for weeks sick. It started in Huacachina and ended somewhen in Cousco but now I'm healthy again. Yes it was really a great time and I learnd a lot about the country and myself. It was a great trip. If you wanna know more about the trip, I look forward to get an e-mail from you where I will answer the questions if you have some. And here is the program: 21 June An early arrival into Lima, capital city of Peru. As your flight arrives so early we will have a free morning to rest and recuperate before you start your Peru adventure! In the afternoon we will start the tour off with an introduction meeting where your tour leader will explain everything that you need to know for the coming weeks and you can meet the other group members. 22 June In the morning we'll have a short city tour of historic central Lima led by your tour leader. After lunch we head down the Peruvian coast for our first stop at Pisco, located on the edge of the Paracas National Park. A gentle afternoon acquainting ourselves with the small town. 23 June A day trip by boat to the Ballestas Islands where keen wildlife spotters will enjoy the resident bird and sealion colonies. After the tour we head further south to Huacachina - our destination for the next few days. 24-28 June Huacachina is our base for the first session of intensive spanish classes. Huacachina is a small oasis town set around a lagoon in the desert surrounded by huge sand dunes - a very pictoresque and relaxing setting! As well as language studies there is the excitement of sand-boarding on the dunes and a visit to a local pisco wine bodega as the Ica region of Peru is famous for wine. 29 June Further down the desert coast to Nasca. Nasca is famous for the mysterious yet captivating drawings that have been found on the desert floor left by past cultures; many studies have tried to understand the lines and there are many theories as to their existance but the mystery remains. During our stay we will learn more about the lines and Nasca culture in a museum as well as visiting the lookout tower for a glimpse of them. 30 June Opportunity to fly over the Nasca Lines (optional activity - approximately $50 per person) in the morning. Departure south down the coast to Arequipa in the afternoon. 1-3 July Arequipa is reknowned as the white city for the beauty of the buildings in it's colonial centre and is also popular for it's near perfect year-round climate. During the free days in Arequipa there are many activities at your disposal : visit the museum of Juanita mummy - one of the most famous archaeological finds in the Andes, a trip to the monestary, hanging out in the beautiful plaza. We can also help to arrange a trip to see the condors in Colca Canyon (optional activity at additional cost). 4-5 July Lake Titicaca at 3800metres above sea level is the highest navigable lake in the world and a truly stunning setting for our two day stay. During out time at the lake we take a boat trip to the floating man-made reed islands of the Uros people and learn about the fascinating lifestyle of this unique community, as well as visiting the interesting island of Tequile with some wonderful views of the Lake. 6-9 July Cusco - central point for both the old Inca empire and modern-day tourism. Cusco offers a wealth of opportunities for the interested traveller - old Inca ruins, marvellous spanish colonial buildings, great choice of cultural museums, colourful handicraft stalls, and exhilerating night-life - literally something to suit all interests! 10-13 July The Inca Trail is a real highlight of the tour - famed as one of the most memorable treks in the world this trip will not disappoint! Three hard days of trekking through pictoresque Andean mountains and cloudforest are rewarded on the final day when you arrive to Machu Picchu at sun rise. Machu Picchu is the ancient hidden city of the Incas and you will have a full guided tour of the site to appreciate the true genius of the Inca people and enjoy the great views. 14 July A free day in Cusco to relax after the hike. 15-17 July We stay two nights at a family homestay in Chinchero. Whilst the living conditions and food are very basic this is a wonderful opportunity to see and understand how local indian people live in the Andes. During the stay we take walks into the local hills and can visit the Sunday market on the 16th. 18 July A final free-day to explore the popular city of Cusco.