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Dec 4, 2010 - The Sacred Valley

We are now in Ollantaytambo, Peru, and have been for the past three weeks (and will be until January 12). The site, unique in the world, is described as one of the finest archeological complexes in Peru. The urban village built by the Incas is still in use and functioning (relative term here in South America). I have so much to talk about. Do I choose a narrative about the struggles of the current inhabitants or one of the history of these peoples and the incredible relics left behind? In the next few entries, I'll try to do both. What Dan...

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Life Recast

Oct 10, 2010 - The Lares Trek adventure, Peru

I must admit, the Lares Trek was my second choice, but due to the fact the famed Inca Trail is sold out almost a year in advance, everything worked out beyond my expectations. To this day, this is still the main route into the remote villages throughout the Lares Valley. I choose this as you have much more interaction with the direct descendants of the Incas, than the traditional Inca Trail. The past and present seem intertwined here and traditional life has not changed much since the Inca times. This along with some spectacular views, and...

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WooHoo Dreaming

Aug 26, 2010 - Ollantaytambo, 2792 m. (9,160 ft.)

Each time we come into these small villages or even the larger towns/cities I marvel at the very narrow, cobblestone streets and how the people just keep on dealing with them cars, buses, llamas, the whole scene crowding together yet still 'functioning' in it's own peculiar way. In the countryside small kids (5-10 yrs old?!) caring for the sheep herds w/ kites of plastic bags, the red mud adobe houses/tile roofs, women in their bright native dress, their multicolored bundle on their backs, wide skirts, dk wrinkled skin, wide brim hats,...

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South America Plus

Jul 1, 2010 - Peru - Ollantaytambo

Hi, Next stop was Cuzco for a night and then on to Ollantaytambo where we visited a local village community up high in the hills (altitude starting to take effect at this point...) We got involved in a couple of tasks - cutting long grass with a scythe for cows and building an outdoor oven with clods of mud to bake potatoes. Us gringos were all a bit cackhanded and shown up by a little boy called, somewhat unusually, Jefferson. We then enjoyed a really tasty lunch cooked by the villagers. Don´t know about the Irish but Peruvians are...

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Rolene On Tour

May 27, 2010 - Spectating at the Sacred Valley Quechua Village

On the way to the Inca Trail we went to visit a local Quechua village that Intrepid supports. We went to one of the village families for lunch. In exchange they stood around in their traditional costumes and let us photograph them. By the look of their clothes line they usually wear track pants and bright cardigans. An extended family were all living together in mud brick houses built around a courtyard. One of the rooms was a mud floor kitchen and their was an outside toilet. Before lunch they took us past the local church and across...

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Adios Amigos 2010

May 24, 2010 - Ollantaytambo, Festival of the Cross (Choquekillka) and the Sun Temple

What a place - we arrived in Ollantaytambo around 4pm on the 23rd - coinciding with an annual Peruvian festival which started early Sunday morning and continued non-stop until 6am this morning 25 May. It´s been amazing and sleeping through explosions and 24 hour Andean musicians has been an (enjoyable) challenge. This afternoon Bob and I climbed the valley wall opposite the Sun Temple to another Inca Temple ruin and near their storehouses which look like a turretted castle wall. Then we revisited the Sun Temple and enjoyed some more...

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May 13, 2010 - Ollantaytombo

Settled in for the afternoon and evening in the town whose name is tough to pronounce (for gringos, anyway). We arrived starving and tired, but opted to sate our hunger first. Ok, I insisted on that. After a good long nap, we explored the town, which didn´t take long. As soon as I sat down to check email, the town lost power, so we found a bar that had a few lit candles, a hammock, and Che and Marley posters, and settled in for a drink. As a bonus, we had some welcome conversation with other travelers, a couple from the UK who were on month...

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Apr 28, 2010 - incatrail D-Day

Dag 4 om 3u45!!! op want onze porters moeten met alles ingepakt de trein halen. Op naar het laatste checkpoint en dan naar de subgateTocht van slechts 6 km en niet meer zo steil omhoog, wel veel kleine ups en downs en mijn knieen doen nog steeds enorm veel pijn. laatate 30 meter waren nog trappen omhoog en dit was echt op handen en voeten te doen want anders raak je er niet op.Iets na 6 kregen we dus een schitterende zonsopgang te zien boven machu picchu, onze beloning na 3 en een halve dag afzien. Daarna nog 1,5u afdalen tot in machu...

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Apr 27, 2010 - incatrail dag 3

de inca·s waren ook de plezantste thuis denk ik want machu picchu is feitelijk helemaal niet zo hoog of onbereikbaar maar de inca·s wilden dicht bij god zijn en daarom legden ze het pad dwars over de bergtop 5u30 vandaag starten we opnieuw met een stevige klim, 700 meter bijna loodrecht omhoog. dit was voor iedereen een brug te ver maar een weg terug was er niet, ja heel de weg van de voorbije dagen terug te voet dus doorbijten was de boodschap, en zoals altijd what goes up must come down, zodus meer dan 3 uur steil omlaag, de pijn in mijn...

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Apr 26, 2010 - incatrail dag 2

5u30 op voor het onbijt,penny is helemaal uitgedroogd en er zit voor haar niets anders op om het op te geven en terug te keren. voor haar stopt de trail hier al. Dag 2 is de nachtmerrie van elke hiker,heel de dag steil omhoog ( en steil is het understatement van het jaar ) en geen enkele enkele meter vlak plus een paar honderd trappen. de top van de berg ligt op 4200 meter is dus 1200 meter stijgen op 1 dag. onderweg passeren we stukken die de bemoedigende namen dragen zoals de " gringo killer " en de "dead woman pass" What·s in a name. Dit...

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Apr 25, 2010 - incatrail dag 1

Om 6u op de bus en die brengt ons na veel voorwaarts en achterwaarts rijden ( 1 keismalle weg voor beide richtingen ) naar het start en eerste checkpoint en mijn eerste stempel in mijn paspoort.Eerst een groepsfoto, iedereen nog vol goede moed want stoer als we zijn doen we de 4 daagse tocht, je kan ook kiezen voor de 2 daagse hike of voor de trein maar dat is voor watjes, de 4 daagse is de enige echte en legendarische incatrail1 Iedereen moet zijn eigen dagrugzak dragen en de duffelbags van max 6 kg en de tenten en alle kookgerei worden...

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Apr 24, 2010 - ready to roll

in de voormiddag dagrugzak en duffelbag klaarmaken voor ollantaytambo en de incatrail. mijn grote backpack blijft achter in cuzco.om 10u30 pikt de bus ons op om ons naar ollantaytambo te brengen.In dit dorp valt dus niks te beleven maar is nu eenmaal de gateway tot de incatrail dus het puilt uit van winkels die prullen verkopen die zogezegd onmisbaar zijn op de tocht ·s avonds naar een eetcafe voor een licht diner en een taart voor vanda·s haar 19de verjaardag

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