The Many Cities of Peru

Planes are not generally time machines, nor are trains. But, with each ride on a train and plane in Peru we were transported to cities that all appeared to be from different decades, even centuries!

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Lima, Peru is a major, metropolitan city on the coast of Peru. The city has skyscrapers, an international airport, shopping malls and every amenity imaginable.


Capital Building Lima

Statue in Lima Parque del Amor Lima

But, one plane ride over the Andes Mountains ….

Flying Over the Andes

…and you land in Cusco. Cusco is a developing city with hotels, shops and restaurants. However, one look at the infrastructure and building architecture and it feels like you’ve gone back in time. Spotty internet services and a somewhat “secluded” feeling, paired with a population that relies on mostly agriculture and even a barter system and one feels like they are in a different century.

Landing in Cusco

Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

One train ride (and a short hike) later …

Vistadome Peru Train

… and we were in Aguas Calientes, or Machu Picchu Village. Yes, the Machu Picchu. The ancient city built by the Incas. If you don’t feel like you’ve time traveled now, you never will.


Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Mist over Machu Picchu

If you’re feeling twitchy and shaky without your fancy, futuristic gadgets – just hop back on the train, then the plane and find yourself back in “present day” and Lima.

Flying over the Andes Mountains

4 thoughts on “The Many Cities of Peru

  1. puravidajenn

    Thanks for the great info! I’m planning a trip with my husband for later this year. We’re definitely doing Machu Picchu of course but not much else is planned yet. What did you think of Lima? Worth a few nights? We love cities but is there enough to do?

    1. Wife with Baggage Post author

      A few nights will be plenty in Lima. Miraflores is a nice neighborhood, close to the water too! We missed the Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca – all of which I think would be memorable!

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