Pre-Incan Ruins

Smack-dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Miraflores, is a ruins sight that once spanned many blocks, but now only has this one block left. The ruins, were formed thousands of years ago, and once stood as a tall pyramid. What is left of them is able to be viewed by guided tours. You will see where mummies were found, and learn about the native plants to the area as well, and of course you can see some llamas and alpacas!

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The Yavari: our home for a night

The Yavari is a boat originally built in 1862 that traveled through 6 countries to make it to Peru… (Read the full bio here )

This was our hotel for the weekend.

We arrived around sunset and met our new friend Catherine, who was staying with us for the weekend because she takes Spanish classes with our housemate Sanna from Sweden. Unfortunately, Sanna could not come on the trip because she was dealing with parasites in the stomach, but Catherine still came even though none of knew each other, and we had an amazing time.

The boat was absolutely magnificent, with a lot of the original hardware still there. We slept in bunk beds with potholes overlooking the lake, and not only did they provide us with hot tea, they also have us hot water bottles for our beds.

In the morning we were greeted with an awesome breakfast spread, including eggs, smoothies, coffee, tea, and bread, at a table that was a part of the original ship. Afterwards we were given a tour and then clearly held a photoshoot, before departing for the day.

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The Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Bascillica

Our last stop was Vatican city, right next to our apartment. We toured the Vatican museum where we saw Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Then we headed over to St. Peter’s where we saw the artist’s sculpture, Pieta. Here we saw many famous tombs, and learned the story of Peter.

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Pompeii

When we arrived at Pompeii we were shocked that there was hardly anyone there. We practically had the entire ruins to ourselves. We followed a tour that explained all of the different aspects of what we were seeing, including the bodies of the victims that were frozen in time by the volcano; as well as, the different ancient homes, restaurants, and baths we were looking at. We then took a train back to Naples, and another one back to Rome.

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