Back in Lima, we finished our journey with a stop at the Archaeological Museum. Here we finally had the opportunity to view the magnificent Paracas weavings in addition to thousands of other artifacts from indigenous groups across the Peru. Telltale pornographic pottery of the Moche culture, intricate totem poles created in Chivay, and glistening gold and silver decorations (and even gold children's toys) all attracted our interest and put the finishing touches on our Peruvian trip.
As we boarded the red-eye flight home, I recalled our journey. After over 40 hours on buses, two internal flights, two speed boats, one motorized canoe, and quite a bit of walking, I couldn't help but think that I had only had a tantalizing taste of the countless treasures Peru has to offer.