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!
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.
But, one plane ride over the Andes Mountains ….
…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.
One train ride (and a short hike) later …
… 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.
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.