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May 26, 2008 - The Lares Trek - Day 2

We were woken at 6:ooam by our guides for a 07:00am departure. The second day was to be the big day, hiking for eight hours and ascending for the majority of it to reach our peak altitude of 4600m! We set off and hiked all morning. We were given regular breaks for water and suncream while our guides lead us up into the mountains. As we walked we passed many small villages where the local shildren would rush out to greet us. The mountain scenery was simply breathtaking. Huge valleys for as far as we could see, snow-capped mountains in the...

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May 25, 2008 - The Lares Trek

From Ollantaytambo we started the Lares trek. The trek would take three days with camping at night and would take us from 3000m above sea level up to 4600m then back down again. We took a bus for three hours up into the mountains to reach the start of the trek. We had two guides who walked with us and a team of porters who moved on ahead of us to set up our tents taking horses and lamas with them to carry the gear. There was also a chef who cooked our meals. All of their service throughout the three days was amazing! The guides were...

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May 15, 2008 - Ollantaytambo

Beautiful day ... sunny and warm. Took a tour bus to the GAP Cooperative and learned all about how the alpaca yarn is made and dyed the old fashioned way with vegetable dies, etc. Lots of great buys to be had here. Then it was off to the ruins of Pisac. This was the Sun Temple of the Incas. Again so hard to understand how these 30 ton rocks got 3kms from the quarry let alone up a very steep hill! Lots of legends and stories told by the guide as to how the Peruvians act and behave today. Alot of it is based on the fact that they have only...

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Apr 27, 2008 - Day 14 the Sacred Valley

We start early enough for the sacred valley. Our private minibus stops at Pisac where we visit the ruins there. Particularly fascinating are the graves on the hillside. We visit a GAP project wherein it sponsor’s a local community and helps it become self sufficient. We see how the women dye and weave wool into garments. We also stop by at the famous Pisac market hoping to see some serious bartering but it turns out to be just another market although with some variations in the form of metal sculptures and polished stones. By this time I...

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Ally & Maddy in Peru

Apr 27, 2008 - Lares Trek

This was a three day hike through the mountains in Peru starting from thermal springs in Lares and walking around 60 Km to Ollamtaytambo where we could catch the train to Agua Caliente and Machupicchu. The hike rose from 3700m to 4600m on the second day this was the hardest stretch of walking so far and not helped by the return of the trots and so the necessary self imposed starvation as well as a lack of oxygen. I will post photos in the next few days when possible, the scenery is really spectacular for the trek and around Machupicchu....

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Apr 19, 2008 - Ollantaytambo...nice place but quite a mouthful!!!

Saturday 12th April 2008 We left Cusco early in the morning to make the 1 hour coach trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, eventually leading to our small hotel, located in the quaint, little picturesque town of Ollantaytambo (which was one of the silliest named places we had stayed in since leaving New Zealand!). The previous night we had packed our day bags which we had to carry ourselves, and the GAP supplied Inca `duffel` bags, which we were allowed to put up to 6kg of our personal items in, such as sleeping mats & bags and would be...

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Apr 3, 2008 - Sacred Valley

Thursday April 3rd – we toured the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The first stop was to a village supported by the tour company we are with. GAP (Great Adventure People) provide economic support to a number of places around the world. This was a small village where the women had built up a textile market and the men were porters on the Inca trail for the company. We had a great time there. While Gill looked at the weavings I and a couple of the guys played soccer with some 3 and 4 year olds! We then left for Pisaq where we walked around the...

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Mar 8, 2008 - Ola, Ola.... How do I spell it? Ollantaytambo

We've now left Arequipa, where I finally blasted my room mate and refused to share any longer. No-one else is willing to share with either, so I'm now with our lovely tour guide Angela. Flew yesterday morning in Cuzco, where I caught up with sleep before exploring the city. We''re now in Ollantaytambo, so I can neither say where I am nor which day of the week it is.... Hurrah! Starting the Inca Trail tomorrow, with three night's camping. It's day two up to the Dead Woman's Pass that's said to be most challenging. I'll let you know when I'm...

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Rich Travels 2008

Feb 20, 2008 - Sacred Valley

We left Cuzco behind this morning without Kike as he was a little under the weather, and who called in a favor from a friend and fellow GAP tour leader, Umberto who took us north out of town past Sacsayhuaman, a huge set of Inca ruins in the Cuzco area....the name “Sacsayhuaman” means “Satisfied Falcon” although the local guides jokingly refer to it by a mnemonic “Sexy Woman”...the stone walls remaining are only about 20% of the original structure...the Spaniards pulled down the walls and used the stone blocks to construct their homes in...

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Oct 27, 2007 - Sacred Valley

Am feeling much better today, hooray, so should be fit for the trail tomorrow. We travel through the Sacred Valley, although I can't remember why it is sacred though as was sleeping when the guide was explaining! The first stop is at Caccacollo village, which is part of GAP's (the tour group I am travelling with) Planterra pproject where they help out local communities. We are shown how the local woman spin and dye the wool, then weave it to produce beautiful fabrics. There is a classic moment though when the woman who is demonstrating the...

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Oct 5, 2007 - Calca and Ollantaytambo, Peru

Our next stops on our way towards Machu Picchu were Calca and Ollataytambo. Calca had a small festival in their town square, maybe the yearly Salmonella Fiesta, because that's about the only thing I took out of that city. The town isn't really set up for tourist, and the only places open were a couple of chicken shacks. There are times that you just have a feeling that your eating something questionable, but you feel that it might just be worth the chance. You feel that after 2 and a half years of eating anything put in front of you,...

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Sep 30, 2007 - Lares Trek- 3 days

OH MY GOD!!!!! Someone tell me why I did this. 18hrs hiking, 4700m high...unreal. The hardest day was the 2nd day. I did about 6hrs up hill and 4hrs down. I can't tell you what was harder. At the end of the 2nd day, my left knee was swollen. It absolutely confirmed it to me I need to get fitter. They did have a spare horse, but I guess my pride kicked in. I didn't want to be the loser who had to use the horse. I have to say I am quite proud now that i've done it. will I do it again....maybe not. As you can see from the pictures the views...

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Heidi's SA Trip

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