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December 7, 2010

What a vacation! Planes, trains and automobiles!

Filed under: travel tips, travelogue — Tags: , , , , , — yaadayaada @ 12:41 am

Had a great time the past 10 days in Peru! More than Peru, it was a vacation with 2 of my best friends and their family!

We visited Machu Pichchu, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Ica Sand dunes and Nasca lines. It was a last minute trip. Utbt initiated it, husband and I joined in. We started planning, when I say we, mainly utbt. Then friend R decided to join us on the trip from the east coast. So it was one marathon planning. We started planning this trip 3 weeks before thanksgiving. We planned to leave on thanksgiving day and be back the next weekend. We knew where and when we were going, but haven’t done a thing other than our flight booking. The last 10 days before the trip saw us running around crazy calling/mailing every possible hotel/travel agent to get the booking done. We decided to book by ourselves instead of going with a travel agent since we thought it would save us money. It did save us money but completely drained us out. Peru is very much like India when it comes to using credit cards and internet. Add to this the language barrier. Most don’t speak English. We booked hotels via emails. Tripadvisor was very helpful in deciding where to stay. For Nasca, we booked via a travel agent, but we had to wire him 1000+ dollars before we reached there. So we were left wondering if he would show up. We finalized on the Nasca trip and Arequipa hotel only the day before Thanksgiving. Finally left on Thanksgiving day and had the time of our life! It was Utbt’s dream vacation and we lived it along with her and enjoyed it more than her! The kids were rock solid through out the vacation. Meija and Chula of Utbt and S & K of friend R. Age 3,4,5,6. They were just awesome! They held up better on the 10000 feet plus altitude than their parents!

Travelogue and Travel tips to follow soon!


  1. Wow – Peru !!

    Did you find any lost treasure or have any “Indiana Jones” style moments with the natives 😉
    YY: No material treasures, but the people of Peru are a treasure!

    Comment by bitsofchocolate — December 7, 2010 @ 12:45 am

  2. Aha aha! Anga poi padineengala?.. am very happy coz when I plan for our trip there I know who to go to.. eagerly waiting for the travelogue 🙂

    YY: Revs, will be happy to give pointers! And yes, we did sing and the people were wondering why we were singing Kilimanjaro in Machu Pichchu!

    Comment by Reva — December 7, 2010 @ 1:03 am

  3. Pictures pls?

    YY: Soon!

    Comment by Praveen — December 7, 2010 @ 4:02 am

  4. When I read abt this trip on UTBT, I was gonna ask if she went with YY and Boo 🙂 Atleast paathi correct.

    YY: Almost got it right! Boo missed it since this was a last minute plan! Also will be tough for Boo with a 2 year old Antu!

    Comment by The Print Lover — December 7, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

  5. That sounds like a quite a travel! AFAIK, folks who have gone there have gone through travel agents. So looks like you guys braved it out. Looking forward to reading the tips & travelogue.

    YY: Yes! Need to start writing it before I start forgetting!

    Comment by A-kay — December 7, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

  6. Wow – I think your group of friends/ bloggers would be the most jet-setting people i don’t know. Waiting for the planning post.

    Hey Print Lover – Boos winter vacay is with YY. Summer vacay is India. Like clockwork. Lets see if we get a post soon from yaadayaada/ boo about that.

    YY: Vidhya, a little change this year! Remember Boo was here in Summer, so not here for this winter!

    Comment by Vidya — December 8, 2010 @ 4:08 am

  7. For me, this trip was good only because you and your husband. Thanks for taking care of the kids whenever I felt overwhelmed/tired.

    YY: It was a pleasure traveling with your kids! I am still going non-stop about imaginary Go Fish and TV and how the kids braved the trip and my colleagues/friends wondering if I really went to Peru or to your house!

    Comment by utbtkids — December 8, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

  8. awesome, I say!

    Comment by sachita — December 8, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

  9. Yay! Sounds wonderful!!
    Will look forward to reading the travelogue :–)

    Comment by SK — December 10, 2010 @ 3:55 am

  10. aaha aaha aaha aaha!

    I commend your courage and spirit in going to this place – first with kids and second being vegetarians and braving all the odds with the norukkutheenis. Does “bend my head and bows to you all”. Kalakkare YY pramaadham :). Looking forward to read the travelogue

    Comment by Anuradha — December 17, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

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