From Mendoza, I took a short flight to the center of Argentina, home to its second largest city. Cordoba has a population of about 1.3 million people. The city's history is closely tied to the Jesuits, a fact that can best be seen on the Jesuit Block. Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon. Surprisingly modern, it was built in 1926. This is Argentina, there will be Tango. The Jesuit block, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The library of the National University of Cordoba. The University
In Lima, I said goodbye to my Mexican buddies. As they flew back home, I was flying to the small city of Mendoza, Argentina. Mendoza is only home to about 100,000 people, but it's a big draw for tourists thanks to its position at the base of the Andes...oh, and wine. The area around Mendoza is the largest wine producing area in all Latin America, making Mendoza one of the nine Great Wine Capitals. Flying over the Andes in Chile. Apparently the indigenous tribes here develo
From Machu Picchu, we boarded a train back to Cusco, spent a few more nights there, then flew to Peru's capital, Lima. With a population of 10 million just in the city proper alone, Lima is the third largest city in the Americas behind Sao Paulo and Mexico City. The airport is actually located outside of the city, in the Callao District. The drive in from the airport isn't pretty. Much better. The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist, originally built i
After spending a couple days in Cusco adjusting to the altitude (it's at 11,200 feet), we set out on a four day trek to Machu Picchu (electing the more scenic and challenging Salkantay Trek as opposed to the more touristy Inca Trail). Kicking off the hike. When you're with Mexicans, it's always a party. That face when: your legs hurt and you've got a long uphill climb to go. Worth it though. Our "tents" for the first night. Landslides are a common hazard. Chewing coca leaves
Most people know Cusco as that place in Peru you go before heading to Machu Picchu. But it's a fascinating place in its own right, reminding me quite a bit of Cuenca (which was also a former Inca capital). I met up with Tania and two of her friends from Mexico, pictured here not appreciating Machu Picchu. Every now and then you see bikini clad girls advertising something for which it makes no sense. Got my attention anyway. Affirming that this is Peru, after all.
From Cuenca, I wanted to head directly to Cusco. Buuuut, the flight prices were outrageous, so I opted to take a night bus to Peru, and then fly domestically to Cusco from there. While I saved several hundred dollars doing this, I paid the price in the form of a hellish night. The bus left around 10pm, taking 4 hours to reach the border with Peru. At the border, you have to pass through immigration so that you can receive your entry stamp to Peru. I was told this would b