I’m way behind on posting so this will be a quick visual tour.
We ended our time in Bolivia with a relaxing few days in Copacabana.
One of the hardest decisions of the trip so far was to skip Machu Picchu. I’ve been battling a nagging knee injury for a few months, and at the time of planning I was struggling mightily just to walk around. Stairs and hills I would normally bound up and down became imposing obstacles. The mystical mountaintop of Machu Picchu has been among my top destinations for a long time, but alas, it remains on the list for a return trip.
On the bright side, we were able to enjoy a less physically demanding tour of the Sacred Valley, which was awe-inspiring in its own right.
The Peruvian coast
The consolation prize of missing out on Machu Picchu is that it opened up time for much needed beach relaxation. Mancara is a hip little surfer town on Peru’s northern stretch of coast. After a couple months of the high altitude Andean altiplano, it was refreshing to return to sea level.