I cried, felt belittled, & had some extraordinary experiences.
Over 3 years later, Brock & I still talk about our trip. I’ll give you recommendations (& hilarious stories) to make your Backpacking Peru trip, one that you’ll forever remember!
Feeling Belittled While Backpacking Peru
- I cried several times the worst hostel that I’ve ever stayed at. I felt completely taken advantage of by that man. He lied & brought us into his home. The hostel didn’t have one single good quality about it. Read more about it below.
- I felt belittled for being a female. While out to eat at a restaurant in Lima, Brock & I chose to eat a local spot. Our waiter ignored me completely. He wouldn’t take my order but waited for Brock to order for me. I asked for ketchup & didn’t bring it out until Brock ordered it.
- I cried after a hotel ruined my bikini. I expected the hotel to at least give me my laundry for free- but they didn’t. Now, ruining my bikini wasn’t that big of a deal. I think I was hyper-emotional after the past few weeks of getting taken advantage of. I personally felt that because I was a tourist, people didn’t care how they treated us.
- While I didn’t cry after this situation, I was severely upset. Our taxi agreed to charge us X amount for our ride to the airport at 5 AM. While dropping us off, he tried to charge us more than the price that we agreed on. I nearly lost it. Once again, we were getting taken advantage of. We had our bags luckily & walked away from the man. We threatened to tell airport security if he tried to follow us.
Now, while these experiences shouldn’t reflect on Peru as a whole, this is my experience.
Staying in the Amazon Rain forest
This is the little community that we were welcomed into! It’s a lodge that is run by the village next door! If you go during the rainy season, the area is completely flooded & the neighboring village is only accessible by boat!
Cruising down the Amazon River!
We let him go, I promise! I feel bad for how naive I have been when it comes to animals…
Do I recommend catching Caiman? No. Leave them be. They’re wild creatures.
The Stunning Lake 69
Lake 69 located in Huascaran National Park is STUNNING. 3 years & over 10 countries later, this Glacier Lake & Hike is still my favorite. It’s an all day hike. As someone who was severely out of shape at that time, I managed to do it! It was extremely challenging. I huffed and puffed my entire way up to the lake. One person on our tour didn’t make it all the way up. The reward for your effort is a 100% worth it.
This was a stop during our drive to the trail head for Lake 69.
The entire hike was gorgeous & remote.
For someone who was severely out of shape, this hike is very challenging, but can be done!
Anytime of the year that you visit is a beautiful time to visit Lake 69.
Fun fact: This has been my phone’s screen saver since 2015.
Lake 69 Led Us To Our Worst Hostel Stay EVER.
Now while I don’t have a photo or proof on the internet of that horrible hostel, here is a photo of Brock riding a horse because we weren’t yet acclimated to the altitude during one of our hikes.
Other Places We Visited While Backpacking Peru
- We visited the laid back beach town of Mancora, Peru. While there wasn’t a lot of super exciting things to do, we enjoyed trying to surf… And this is also where Brock lost his GoPro (for the 2nd time in Peru.) We had an entire team of locals searching for his GoPro with a $100 reward. Just as we were giving up after a half-hour of searching for his GoPro, a wave carried something to shore. What did I see glistening in the sun? Brock’s GoPro! (I’m still waiting on my $100 reward 😉)
- We explored ruins near Trujillo. We explored Huaca del Sol y la Luna and Chan Chan with the best guide ever, read more about her below.
Look at how young we are!! 😱
This is Clara, she was the sweetest Peruvian woman who took us under her wing. She brought us to both ruins, drove us back to her home for coffee, & was beyond sweet. She also had the oldest, rustiest, falling apart VW Beetle. It was awesome!
I can’t wait to give Peru a second shot.
Did you know that Spirit Airlines flies to Peru from many cities in the United States for super cheap? Read more about Spirit Airlines here.