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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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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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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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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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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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May 24, 2016 - Machu Picchu and then back to Cusco

Another early morning some breakfast at the hostal, checked out leaving a small bag at front desk it is off for the shutlle bus to Machu Picchu I get to the station at 6:30 and the line for the bus is two blocks long wow, it takes almost a hour to get on a bus heading for the top. Lots of bus heading to there ona very winding dirt road so lots of dust, got to the top and into Machu Picchu walked around by passing all the tour groups make it all the way around before it time to check in at the gate hiking to Montana ( Machu Picchu mountain)...

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South America 2016

May 23, 2016 - heading to Machu Picchu

Up early this morning checked out of hotel moved bags to new hotel then got a taxi to Poroy to get on the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. It was a ride of 4 hours with a stop in Ollantaytambo to pick up more travelers, then on to Aguas Calientes this is the town below Machu Picchu a small town but filled with hikers, and tourists all going or coming from Machu Picchu so a very busy place. Was a great ride on the train with table cloths and a light meal on the way to the town and great views of the country side. Got into town found my...

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South America 2016

May 22, 2016 - Cusco

A basic breakfast at my hotel I get a taxi to the train station to get my tickets for the train to Machu Picchu was a very long slow moving line took all most two hours to pickup my train tickets I had already booked and paid for them online. Took taxi back to main square and watched a parade the place was filled with people, then a walk around the area, a stop for some lunch back to hotel in afternoon had some rain making it a bit cool so just kicked back, waiting for my massage, which was great. Worked on packing my bags leaving them at...

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South America 2016

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