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Oct 31, 2012 - Spectacular!

Stunning scenery. The biggest sand dune in the world. The highest pass so far on the rally route - 4561m. Condors and picnic lunch next to Vicunas! Pretty local costumes and the sort of driving that Global Rally Organisation is all about. What a day! We decided to travel with Rick and Di: they have a pretty car. The Cohens' car had problems with their handbrake cable (!!) and a group waited by the side of the road for moral support. The picnic chairs came out and it transpired that the Patchetts have purchased some too. Other stops were...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Jan 3, 2011 - Abancay

Walked around Abancay, and spent time doing homework. Abancay is a lay-over town between Cusco and Nazca and/or Lima. No bus to Nazca available until tomorrow. (walked a mile and a half) Vinny: Abancay has hardly any tourists in it. The food there was great, and the town several mountains around it. The hotel is an old mansion. Tony: We ended up staying in Abancay for an extra day cause there were no busses leaving that day for Cuzco. There wasn't much to do there but it as cool because I think we were the only tourists in the town.

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Aug 2, 2009 - Cusco - the end, and on to Ayacucho

Well, we got back from Machu Picchu and still had 1 week left in our apartment. So, naturally we were lazy and slept in everyday and relaxed. One day we did a horseback ride outside of Cusco. Another day we went to a football game. It was the national league with Lima in town, so it was a big rivalry. The games here are as crazy as you've heard. At opposite ends of the stadium there are the megafans for each team with bands and people lighting huge firecrackers within their midst that sounded like bombs going off. They jumped the whole time...

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Apr 27, 2007 - PERU - Inca trail and Machu Picchu

The Inca trail was absolutely amazing - I loved it and is definitely the highlight of my trip so far...one of best things have ever done, and am so glad I decided to do it! Don't know why I was worrying about it so much as found it much easier than expected - even the huge hills - so all the hiking beforehand definitely paid off! The trek was 3 full days of hiking up and down huge mountains at high altitude (the highest part Dead Woman's Pass being at 4200m above sea level) so was certainly hard to breath at some points but all the coca...

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Travelling Amy

Aug 23, 2006 - Maccu Picchu and Sacred Valley

A highlight of a trip to Peru is Machu Picchu. Doug and I spent 5 days exploring MP and the Scared Valley of the Rio Urubamba, the river at the bottom of MP. Our first day in the Valley we took an exceptionally beautiful hike. The scenery was like a page from an Andean story book - horses grazing at the base of a glacier-covered mountain. This is what I had wanted to see all along and enjoyed walking through the very small towns. We spent another day or so ambling along slow buses from small town to small town until we reached...

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Dec 21, 2005 - The trek back down

I was allowed a bit of a sleep in today before heading down to the terraces below our campsite. A boggy track led down to literally hundreds of terraces. One man has the job of clearing them all, he has a job for life. A rather different but impressive building roughly translated as the water house and a ceremonial rock completed the sights for this agricultural sector of Choquequirau. I spent a good hour walking around the maze of terraces, overwhelmed by the sheer number laid out before me. The amount of construction these guys put in is...

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Dec 20, 2005 - Choquequirau

Today was easily the most gruelling physical activity of my life. The painful climb up what I later counted as 111 zig-zag corners was required to reach the Inca ruins of Choquequira set up some 1500m above us. As Amer kitted out our donkeys, I went off ahead to climb up a mountain face covered in mist. Some four hours later Amer & co. caught me up and we continued upwards before the path plateaued out. I cannot descibe how hard this walk was, it verged on the ridiculous. By the end of the much needed flat section I got my first view of...

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Dec 19, 2005 - The trek to Choquequira begins

After all the stressing of whether or not to do the trek to Choquequirau I finally decided on going it alone without the aid of a tour. I rented all the gear I would need in Cusco last night, bought up plenty of food and headed off to begin my adventure early this morning. I got up at 5'am and caught a taxi to the bus terminal just in time to jump on a bus to the start/finish point of my trek Cachora, some 3 hours west of Cusco. The three hour journey was extremely scenic and the mountain range seemed to grow the further we travelled. Snow...

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