After just a few hours of sleep we headed to the airport for a full day of travel. Everything went well to Denver and then Houston. In Houston, we boarded the biggest and oldest plane I have ever been on and started to taxi. We had to stop for about 20 minutes for a small problem, and then started to taxi again. We stopped again and they announced that there was another mechanical error that needed to be fixed. It ended up taking almost 3 hours!!! We had the option of de-planing and after an hour or so, we decided to head back inside to stretch our legs a bit. As we headed inside, they collected our boarding passes and told us we now had to stay inside until they were ready to take off again...that would have been nice to know before we got off!
Finally, we all waited in line, got our boarding passes back, re-boarded the plane and took our seats. 6 hours later, we were in Peru!! Immigrations were a breeze and we got the green light (literally) at customs. Our hotel was just outside the airport and super convenient. We checked in, put our bags in our room and then went down to the bar to enjoy our complimentary welcome Pisco sour- the official drink of Peru. Because of our delays, it was after 2 AM so we crawled into bed and passed out with our alarms set for only 4 hours later. Little did we know, this was the start of a long week of early mornings!