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Nov 3, 2013 - November 2 Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Sat. Nov. 2, 2013 Written by Lois & John As we mentioned in the last posting, it was raining when we woke up today. But it let up soon thereafter, so we headed up the mountain again to the Machu Picchu archeological site to hike up to the Sun Gate, also called Intipunku. I'm not sure how far it is, but we climbed for 1 hr. and 50 min. to reach our destination, with many breaks for catching our breath, drinking water or taking off layers. The weather had cleared enough so that the views of the ruins and the town site below were...

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Nov 2, 2013 - Oct. 31 Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley

Ollantaytambo and Sacred Valley Thursday October 31 Lois writing now: On Thursday our guide Max and driver Marco picked us up at a civilized time, 9 AM, and we were with them until about 3. First stop: the Inca ruins about two blocks from the hotel. It was pretty amazing to see the perfectly carved stonework, all fit together without any gaps, unless they planned for seismic events. There was also a giant face carved into the mountain across the valley, like Mt. Rushmore - only a lot bigger. Many of these formations had been covered over...

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Nov 2, 2013 - Nov. 1 - Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu

Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Friday November 1, 2013 Written by John and Edited by Lois On Friday we got up, had breakfast, packed and met our guide Max in the reception area at 7:20 AM. From the hotel it was a five minute walk downhill to the train station. Our travel company, Vaya Adventures, had secured tickets with reserved seats on the best side of the train for us. The seats were large and plush and very comfortable. The train ride to Aquas Calientes (Machu Picchu Village) was one hour and 45 minutes. During part of the time Lois had...

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Sep 29, 2013 - Power outages, strikes and fires

Here I am thinking that nothing happens here in Urubamba. Let’s start with Monday. I had a lovely day off work. I went walkies around the outskirts of Urubamba again with the sole purpose of taking photos. It was a lovely day. I could relax because I gave my Monday classes to another teacher who was desperate to earn some extra money as his hours had been cut down. All good. So, on Tuesday I caught a collectivo for Cusco as usual. Two of my students from the Urubamba hotel were on it. I asked them how their lessons went. No lesson… because...

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Sep 8, 2013 - Clean country living

I spent the weekend at Lynda’s place, outside of a town (I use that term loosely) called Phiri. On Friday, a few of us went to lunch in Ollantaytambo and then I headed back to Lynda’s place which is only about 15 minutes from Ollantay (short of Ollantaytabo) but may was well be a world away. While Ollantaytambo is now a mega-tourist town with many restaurants and some fabulous ruins, Phiri just has a handful of shops and 3 or 4 eateries lining the roadside. The eateries cater for locals and not tourists. The place Lynda is looking after is...

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Aug 24, 2013 - Ollantaytambo

It was an magnificant start to the day depite the drizzle of rain. We visited the lost valley. Even though there is evidence of erosion the site demonstrated the complex farming and engineering methods the Inca´s developed. The old relics showed the formation of the city and temple. It is interesting that the Inca´s used resources from other cultures to merge as one powerful super organisation. The Písac ruins had amazing views of the town as the weather was clearing a little. Once again the opportunity of shopping at a market presented...

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Aug 14, 2013 - Sacred Valley

We took a side trip to the Sacred Valley. We visited a small town that is still the way the Incas built it. We went inside a home of a local woman that lives in the town. It was very interesting. She had dozens of Guinea Pigs that just roamed around freely.

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May 19, 2013 - fiesta time back in ollanta

left aguas calientes today (with our bags carried to the station by the yummy Alex, mmmmmm, besos) and got the train back to ollantaytambo to discover a fiesta in full swing.....lots of music, crazy costumes, vivid colours and maniacal dancing involving a lot of whipping! right up my street :) so after battling our way thru the craziness up to and throughout the main square, we found our new (and better) hostel which we managed to get into once we discovered the 6 and a half foot in the air doorbell (in a country full of shortarses!),...

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trippin out

May 15, 2013 - grrrrrrr

well i have tons of braw pics to go up but alas the wifi, like every other service in this particular town, is a steaming pile of shite. so ill rant about it instead. amazing, breathtaking place, steeped in magic and drowining in/surrounded by every inch of its history. there honestly arent the words to describe it.....until i switch my attention from the surroundings to the amenities. but first things first....amazing day yesterday getting from cuzco to here. we ended up hiring the dude who drove us from cuzco airport to the hotel (great...

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Sep 19, 2012 - Ollantaytambo

The trip from Cusco to Ollantaytambo (oh-yan-tie-tambo) is through the Sacred Valley.  It is wonderfully picturesque and the most beautiful scenery we have seen so far.  Tall mountains, lush valleys, small villages and crops of corn and potatoes dot the route. We had a late departure since two of our group are rejoining us from Puno.  This lovely couple thought they might have to return to Canada, but antibiotics and lower elevation have worked wonders.  We are thrilled to see them and are very happy they won't miss Machu Picchu. Along the...

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May 7, 2012 - Ollantaytambo

Apparently the main Inca centres were built within a one day walk of each other (for an Inca anyways) so theoretically we could have walked to Ollantaytambo. But we took a 1 hour taxi ride instead! We stayed at the Albergue Ollantaytambo which is located right at the train station. We were a bit worried that we'd be kept awake by trains but the hotel turned out to be a beautiful little oasis and we hardly heard the trains. It also had a really great restaurant and coffee shop! Ollantaytambo is an amazing place. The current town is built on...

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Nov 24, 2011 - Day 3 on Lares Trail: Mantanay to Ollantaytambo

LAST DAY ON LARES TRAIL We were up by 6:30 am. We were very tired and our muscles were sore. Luckily, our trek is all downhill today. The vegetation is very different too. There are a lot of really old trees called Inca Trees. Our path followed a glazier fed river. We visited a typical Andean home. It was very dark inside. The bricks were made with mud, grass and llama wool. There were guinea pigs running around. Some parts of the path were really steep and rocky. Other parts had the river running across or down it. So you had to carefully...

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