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Oct 17, 2017 - Ollantaytambo to Aqua Calliente

On Tuesday morning we set out on foot about 8 am to the other side of town where there is an old fortress and barracks up on the mountain side. It was sunny and nice outside, but not too hot, a great day for a climb! We felt like mountain goats as we made our way up, pausing occasionally to catch a breath. The fortress ruins were well worth the effort though, and the view was also spectacular! After our excursion we wandered the narrow streets of the town for awhile. Peeking into a courtyard where the usual tourist stuff was for sale, we...

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Peru - October 2017

Oct 16, 2017 - A Tour of Peru's Sacred Valley

Today we packed up right after breakfast as we had previously arranged for a tour guide to show us around to some of the major sights in the area. At 8:30, our guide Brian, along with a driver, Jonathan, arrived at our hotel. For our first stop, we backtracked to Chinchero, a town that we had driven through yesterday on our way to Urubamba. Chinchero is not actually in the valley, it is in the highlands and is at an even higher elevation than Cusco. We walked up the town's narrow stone streets where there were many Peruvian handicrafts...

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Peru - October 2017

Oct 15, 2017 - Lima to the Sacred Valley

Arriving in Lima at 5:30 in the morning, we went through immigration, collected our luggage and re-entered the airport for our flight to Cusco which was supposed to board at 8:35 a.m. But here's where our luck ran out as we discovered that our flight (along with many others) was delayed due to bad weather in Cusco. The domestic terminal in Lima is not very large so there wasn't much to occupy our time as we waited and waited. Finally boarding began around 10 am. (And we almost missed it due to sitting some distance from our boarding...

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Peru - October 2017

Jan 28, 2017 - Peru - Jan. 22- 29/17

Peru – January 22 – Jan 29, 2017 After a long day of traveling from the Galapagos to Peru (3 planes and a 2-hour car trip, and Thom suffering all the previous night with traveller’s tummy and bummy….lol), we landed in Cusco and then traveled by van arriving in the Sacred Valley at the Arwana Hotel and were delivered to a beautiful suite (or so we thought), unpacked and settled in. The property was gorgeous, but our suite was fraught with issues from minor to major (no heat, no toiletries, burned out light bulbs, broken safe, running toilet...

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Aug 28, 2016 - Cusco

Three days in the beautiful city of Cusco. It has large squares with parks, fountains and colonial style buildings and then miles and miles of narrow cobble stoned streets with shops and cafes. Our visit coincided with Sainta Rosa de Lima day so we saw lots of colourful parades and music. At one point the street dogs hurtled through! Izzy is really not a fan of these dogs- she is convinced they are all rabid and makes us take rickshaws or taxis back at night. At night you can hear the dogs all partying! Fortunately our guesthouse was also...

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Our Year Out

Aug 25, 2016 - Chocolate Day

Today Izzy and Theo did a Chocolate Workshop. They started with the Peruvian cocao bean and prepared it right through to handmade chocolates. They also made and consumed lots of different types of chocolate drinks and teas. We are now sampling the chocolates and Phill is recovering from one made specifically for him by Theo with three teaspoons of chilli!

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Our Year Out

Aug 24, 2016 - Machu Picchu

Theo: I loved Machu Picchu because of the baby llamas and the views. I helped round up the baby llamas with the guard so the Pumas don't eat them. At the end I was stroking them and he took photos of me and Izzy- we may be on the next Machu Picchu website. Izzy: Machu Picchu had amazing views with scary drops. It was a little Hobbiton with altitude- I went camera happy. Phill: these pictures are priceless!! Kerry: the journey was brilliant on a smart train along the river and then into the jungle. The bus ride up was pretty hairy. It is a...

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Our Year Out

Aug 23, 2016 - Ollantaytambo

Our next three days- Ollantaytambo. It is a pretty village surrounded by Inca ruins and a few too many tourists! We have definitely caught up with the tourist trail. Our hostel is good with a lovely garden and lots of games so Izzy and Theo have enjoyed some freedom playing outside. We also met the young lady who paid for our Machu Picchu tickets for us before she even met us! We gave her a big hug and a meal out! Tomorrow we head to the mountains!

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Our Year Out

Aug 22, 2016 - Urumbamba

This morning we moved on to Urumbamba (Izzy and I managed a quick morning shop in Pisac market again!). This town is bigger but surrounded by beautiful mountains and we are beginning to see more snow. We took a taxi out to Salineras which meant climbing way up out of the town and then down into a valley filled with these salt pans from Inca times. There is a thermal stream which sends water heavily laden with salts into the valley and they catch it in these pans where it crystallises. It was a fantastic sight and they still use the salt...

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Aug 21, 2016 - The Sacred Valley

After a 1.5 hour flight from Lima to Cuzco we took a taxi down into the Sacred Valley. At 3326m Cuzco is pretty high so we decided to spend a week travelling through the lower areas first to build up our resistance. It is winter here but still dry and sunny. There is not as much snow on the Andes as we were expecting but it gets very cold at night. We have two nights here in Pisac and we spent the day at the market, mass at the church and then a hike down a steep hill! The indigenous people here are so tiny and they speak Quechua which as...

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Our Year Out

Jun 13, 2016 - Machu Picchu

We visited Machu Picchu for 2 days. We arrived in the afternoon and had a hike throughout the ruins. The day was very sunny and our pictures reflect the beauty of the mountains. Hiking throughout the ruins was somewhat difficult because of the elevation. We were easily out of breath climbing the many, many stairs throughout the ruins. On our second visit, we had rain, and the rain cleared sufficiently to hike throughout the lower part of Machu Picchu. The morning was very foggy, as you will see from the pictures. I thought the pictures we...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Lima to the City of Cusco

So we left Lima and flew to Cusco very early the following morning. The elevation of Cusco is higher than Lima. We took a day trip to the city square and a convent, but road along the countryside and was able to experience the beginning of the Sacred Valley. It is called the Sacred Valley because it is the one area where growing crops have always been successful. The right amount of water and the right amount of sun, with areas of very rich soil. You will see the statue of a guinea pig which is what they eat here in Peru. We will have an...

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