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Sep 26, 2007 - Cusco

Not too much to report today...back to the high altitude so some people were feeling sick today and we had a few cases of food poisoning, thank god Kim and I didn't get it. A free day to do what we want...went to the Inca Museum which was really cool as we got to see lots of artifacts from many of the sites we've visited plus pictures of the excavation of machu picchu in 1912. Then it rained for the rest of the afternoon, played some cards and relaxed. At night we went to a really nice restaurant for our last dinner in Cuzco...it was buffet...

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Sep 25, 2007 - Aguas Calientes/Machu Pichu town

This morning we boarded a train for Aguas Calientest (Hot springs),which is also the base town for most people going to Machu Pichu. The train ride was awesome,through the mountains with lots of scenery...including a view of all people hiking the inca trail...we did enjoy the comfort of our train, but felt slightly guilty that we weren't making the 3 day hike ourselves. When we arrived in the town , it was pretty clear it was simply a town built around the train station and people going to and coming from Machu Pichu. We had lunch and...

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Sep 25, 2007 - Machu Picchu...finally!

So the day finally arrived, off to Machu Pichu to see the greatest inca ruins of them all...and one of the 7 wonders of the world. We woke up at 4:30am...in order to catch the 1st bus up the mountain. Great, excited to see the ruins...BUT 4:30 is pretty early! Kim rolled over in the morning and exclaimed "I HATE MACHU PICHU!"...best quote of the trip so far. We all headed out in the dark for the bus, along with hundreds of others. The bus ride up we were all crossing our fingers that we'd be able to see some sun, but there was heavy fog...

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Sep 23, 2007 - A day touring the Sacred Valley of the incas

We set off in a bus this morning for a tour of the sacred valley of the incas with lots of stops along the way. First off was a harrowing (spelling?) ride up the mountains where we were all sure the bus was going to fall off the side of the mountain. We stopped at a small andean village that GAP supports. We saw tons of animals (alpaca, llamas and a one week old baby donkey!! so cute). The ladies showed us how they make allthe great alpaca clothing etc...and it was a real chance to see how they live. Then we headed back and drove through...

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Sep 20, 2007 - Day 1 in Cuzco

Now we're in cuzco, arrived early this afternoon. It's BEAUTIFUL, and reminds me of what a small european town must be like. We wandered around some of the markets, buying all things alpaca including hats and mitts (for the couple doing the Inca trail), alpaca socks and even alpaca slippers, so comfy. everything is so cheap. For example: a beer is 3 solas. 3 solas=1 canadian dolor. Yes, beer for a dollar. We bought a bottle of wine for our room--17 solas. I love it! Tomorrow we have a city tour of cuzco, etc... off to dinner in about an...

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Aug 18, 2007 - Cusco

Had a great second day in Cusco today! It was nice to get back to our cozy hotel and have a nice warm shower and to get some laundry done! (Now that I am wearing all clean clothes I cant even tell you how good I feel!) Spent most of the morning just getting laundry done and checking in on people and then sat down by the foutain in the Plaza de Armas to write in my travel journal and read a book before I met up with some new friends for lunch. Here is where the fun started....girls...word of advice...when travelling in Peru by...

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Aug 17, 2007 - Aguas Calientes- SAFE AND SOUND!!!

Hi everyone! Sorry about the late delays but I haven't had the chance to get to a computer until now (I have been up in the mountains for the past four days). First off....I AM FINE! THe earthquake (from what little we have been told) hit south of Lima in Pisco where most of the damage occured and we were not near there...in fact, we didnt feel a thing and didn't hear about it until later. (In fact the morning it happened I believe we were doing Tia Chi before we headed off for our hike!). I have heard that the Lima airport is closed until...

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Aug 17, 2007 - Machu Picchu

Went and saw Machu Picchu today. We stayed overnight in Aguas Calients so that we could wake up very early and catch the bus up to Machu Picchu to see the sun rise over the hills. (unfortunatly nature didn't agree with our plans and there were clouds everwhere so not only did we not see the sunrise...we also couldn't see most of the ruins!) BUT...our ever faithful guide Wilburt assured us that this was great and that the clouds would lift and this way Machu Picchu would reveal itsself to us. IT DID! After about 30 mins of touring through...

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Aug 14, 2007 - Lares Trail

So just to clarify I actually did the Lares trek unlike what it says in the trip dossier. Which I am actually really glad I did! I can't even begin to say how amazing it was! We spent 3 days hiking through the moutains and the highest altitude we hiked to was 4815m and we came back down again to about 2000m. TO say that the views along the way were stunning would be an understatement. The first day was pretty hard going as we were still getting used to breathing without much oxygen but by day 2 and 3 we had the hang of it! We would see...

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Aug 14, 2007 - Journey into the Sacred Valley

(Sounds like a film with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, doesn't it?) Day 29 - On to the Sacred Valley We woke up early (again) and had to pack up and meet our guide for our trip and transfer to the Sacred Valley... Unfortunately I had been awake all night throwing up as I'd eaten some chilli con carne the previous day (that meal at the Cross Keys we believe) and had a nasty dose of food poisoning - so was feeling absolutely awful - like a wet rag to be honest. Anyway I packed quickly (well threw everything in the bag) and joined Paul...

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Aug 13, 2007 - Ollantaytambo

This day we drove through the sacred valley to Ollantaytambo and saw lots of amazing sights along the way. One really neat part about it was that we stopped at this location were GAP has helped women to start their own weaving project to support themselves. Check out the photos they are cool! We also stopped at a local brewery along the way and learn't how to play peruvian drinking games (see the pics with the frog bord game). We tried out some corn bear and had a pretty good time!

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Aug 12, 2007 - Cusco- 2 hours of sleep...bring it on!!

Well I arrived last night in Lima at around 12:30am and was kindly told that i had a lovely wake up call at 3:10am (what the??) Our flight into Cuzco left at 5:30 am so I woke up...had a nice cold shower...I think that the water dripped out of about two holes of the shower head...and went downstairs to meet my group! We of course ran late for our flight so once again i found myself running for my flight! Cuzco is an amazing city! There is a strange mixture of tourists from all over the world mixed in with locals in brightly coloured...

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