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South America » Peru » Cusco » La Convención » Quillabamba April 19th 2014

We were to go to a nearby school and give fluoride treatments for the students, but when we got to town the dentist had been called away on an emergency. So we drove out of town to check out another section of the Inca trail to see how much it had overgrown since it was last clear a month before. We trekked through the brush and then found the Inca road. I couldn't believe that it had ever been cleared, and maybe in the end it had been a different section, because it seemed that the trail didn't match the GPS readings. Then we returned home for lunch. After lunch was the weekly cleaning of our home. We take out the hoses and brooms and brush the soap and water down the slope of the house ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » La Convención » Quillabamba April 19th 2014

We have a long weekend, because our main organizer has been sick in the hospital and is still not returned. The family that takes care of us is going away for the weekend, so although we can stay here if we want, there is a fairly strong sense of appreciation for us to go away. Four of us, Abbie, Carl, Inge and I have decided to go to Ollyantaytambo. This is a smaller village (larger than Huyro by far) with a well known ruin. It is an older town with a foundation of rocks from the Incan times. We arrived in the afternoon and found a small hostel where we could get a shared room for 7 dollars a night. It's courtyard was a beautiful tiny garden with many flowering trees. One tree has huge lilies ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » La Convención » Quillabamba April 19th 2014

Our chief archaeologist has now joined us. Due to the basically all new work force of volunteers, we spend the day getting situated in our valley. We drive from ruin to ruin in the morning, walking into the sites, sometimes through wandering paths and sometimes on the Inca Trail itself. We cross over a suspension bridge. We walk through a tea plantation. We find rocks tumbled, rocks intact as walls, rocks covered in moss and ferns, or sometimes fully cleared and restored. There is so much work here, it may never be done. Always, we are surrounded by lush vegetation, reaching up to eat oranges that are falling from the wild trees at this time of year. Water and bird sound follow us, and the trees open up to show us stunning vistas of the mountains ... read more
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South America April 19th 2014

Days 60 - 61 Both days are free days. We said goodbye to 9 of our fellow tour group as this was the end of one section and the start of a new section. 3 new travellers joined the tour for the next leg to Santiago, 2 Australians & 1 Scot living in Australia. Lazy morning & recovery from our big day yesterday. Went out for a nice breakfast instead of the usual hotel continental breakfasts. Being Good Friday most shops & attractions closed so took a tour to the Moon Valley which is close to La Paz. The valley is so named as it is an eerie area where erosion has worn away the majority of a mainly clay based mountain leaving a whole valley of weird spires & shapes that resemble moon craters. Nice ... read more
Moon Valley
Moon Valley
Moon Valley

South America » Peru » Cusco » La Convención » Quillabamba April 19th 2014

We had a day of lessons in archeology in preparation to doing excavations over the next couple of weeks. I wish I could be here longer, because the rains are slowing down our start and I may get very few days doing actual archaeology. There are a zillion steps to excavating a site, all to do with precise measurement of where every tiny object is on the site and at what exact depth. This is a slow and precise art with lots of photos and drawings, light troweling and soft brushing. I think I will like its meticulous and exacting nature. We had a large feast of roast chickens (from our flock, but we weren't here to see them caught and cooked) yucca, sweet potato, boiled corn, and salsas. We were celebrating Dan the project director's ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » La Convención » Quillabamba April 19th 2014

Those of us who stayed home for the weekend went and collected wood from a tea plantation owned by Americo's (Americo and his wife caretake this place and cook for us) father. We spent the morning locating piles of coffee wood that had been piled and then buried under growing vine. We amassed a wall of wood, three foot wide, 6 foot tall and 12 foot long, massive. We will use the wood in the clay pizza oven and in a big bon fire, just for fun. The afternoon was easy and slow. Sunday is market day in Huyro, so we walked into town after breakfast. The market is full of baby chicks, meat stalls, piles of vegetables, beans and grains. Upstairs there were juice stalls and lunch stands. I bought a wonderful deep fried ball ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » La Convención » Quillabamba April 19th 2014

I like Tuesdays best. We pack a lunch; it was peppers stuffed with veggies and meat and covered in batter then deep fried, slabs of potatoes, tomatoes and then fruit picked from the trees here. Then we take an hour ride up the mountain, seeing the valley below at every turn. This week, the van got stuck. We all got out and collected slabs of rock to put in the ruts and then pushed and pushed. It took awhile but we got it. At the top we have a 20 min walk through the forest to the Inca site that is our project. I doubt if I will get a chance at excavating before I leave, but I do really love the machete. I hacked through 3 1-2 foot wide trees this time. Then walk down, ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco April 18th 2014

Yep, just when I thought I had escaped the dreaded altitude sickness it hit me! Icky headache on day 3, which I thought was to do with not wearing my new hat while playing with the kids at the 3-4 yr olds project. Turns out that, combined with an a very unsettled stomach, lack of appetite and tiredness, I needed to slow down and rest. So that's what I did all yesterday and today felt much better. Walked into the main shopping area near our home and noticed how easily I lost my breath due to the altitude. Everyone says it will be fine in a few days so looking forward to that. The 4 British girls and I went into the Plaza de Armas on Monday night to be part of the huge festival that ... read more
Statue of the White Christ from the Plaza De Armas
Lights of Cusco
My new friends

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz April 17th 2014

Days 59 Today was a day we have been contemplating for a long time. Would we or could we take on the famous mountain bike trip down the road dubbed “The Death Road” and “The World’s Most Dangerous Road”. Most of this infamy was due to when two-way motor vehicle traffic occurred on the single track road but has now been diverted to an alternate new road and now taken over by adventure seekers. The stars must have been in alignment as we agreed we could do it and the weather was agreeable. We chose Xtreme Down Hill as the tour operator as other Intrepid groups had used them previously with no adverse reviews. Intrepid give no advice on the trip & would prefer no one went. In the end I had the company of 6 ... read more

South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia April 17th 2014

Rough, rugged and remote Ushuaia sits on the tip of the island of Tierra del Fuego and was full of adventure. I hiked up to the glacier that backs the town, getting stuck in deep snow, and then got lost in the national park as the sun was fading. In the late April off-season, there was no one around--I had to rescue myself. Even more intense, I learned that the indigenous Yamana who lived in this sub-zero icebox wore no clothes because the constant rain and snow would have soaked them--yikes. A land of extremes. Extremes indeed, as Ushuaia was the southern end of the Andes/Rocky Mountain chain and of the Pan-American highway, both of which begin in Alaska. It's the southern-most city in the Americas, sitting on the Isla Grande, the Big Island of the ... read more
Tierra del Fuego Park--coastal trail
walking down autumn ski slope
at the end of the world (fin del mundo)




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