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South America » Peru » Cusco » Inca Trail August 20th 2012

Day 10: Monday, August 20th, 2012- Inca Trail Today was the first official day of the Inca Trail. This morning at 3:00am, I started vomiting. I started to get nervous. I did not want to be sick on the first day of the inca trail. However, I started to feel better before breakfast. Renata, on the otherhand, kept on getting worse. She wouldn't stop vomiting whatever she was eating or drinking. She was still vomiting when we reached the start of the inca trail at km 82. While walking on the trail, Renata kept on lagging behind and vomitting. She did not seem to keep down food or water and was getting pretty dehydrated. I was feeling a little nervous for her. When we reached the lunch spot, Renata decided that she did not want to ... read more
The Inca Trail
The Inca Trail
The Inca Trail

South America » Peru » Cusco » Ollantaytambo August 19th 2012

Day 9: Sunday, August 19th, 2012- Cusco to Ollantaytambo Today we explored the Sacred Valley of the Inca with our Intrepid group. Our first stop was the Chinchero market, where Renata and I bought a tablecloth for our Mom and two leather wallets, for our cousins back home. Afterwards, our guide Fernando, took us to an area, where the indigenous people performed a ritual to Pachamama (mother earth), to wish us good weather, a safe journey on the Inca trail, and a fertile agriculture season. The ritual involved digging a whole in the earth, placing coco leaves and pouring chicha (a fermented maize drink) inside. Prayers to Pachamama were spoken in the native language of Quechua. Afterwards, we went to another demonstration of textile making and had lunch prepared by a local family. The potato soup ... read more
Chinchero Market
Some of the Intrepid Group
Ritual to Pachamama

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 18th 2012

Day 8: Saturday, August 18th, 2012 Today is the official start day of our Intrepid Inca Trail Express tour. We started the tour at a different hostal because apparently the hostal that we were staying at was overbooked. At the last minute they must have changed hostals again because the hostal on the vouchers they gave us was incorrect. We finally ended up in the right hostal after contemplating whether we had a place to stay and two taxi cab rides later. I did not understand why Intrepid could not inform us before hand that they changed hostals, instead of us making an unnecessary stop which cost us an extra 5 soles. They were pretty disorganized and I was not impressed. At the Hostal Buenovista, we met Fernando, our tour guide and the rest of the ... read more
Coca Museum
Coca Museum
Coca Museum

South America » Peru » Cusco » Moray August 17th 2012

Day 7: Friday, August 17th, 2012- Chincheros, Moray and Maras Today, we took a guided tour to Moray, Maras and the salt mines. We made a stopover in Chincheros, where we learned how the pepole create their many textile fabrics. To clean the alpaca wool they use a natural made soap. The colours they use are made from natural ingredients such as beetle blood (red), and salt (changes colour of wool to different hues). In Chincheros, we bought a lot of stuff including 3 sweaters, and 2 toques. In total we spent around 200 soles there. Then we headed off to Moray. In Moray, I forgot that we needed to buy a Boleto Turistico, so that we see the many sites around Cusco. We spend the majority of our soles at the previous stop and they ... read more
Textile demonstration
Textile demonstration
Textile demonstration

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 16th 2012

Day 6: Thursday, August 16th, 2012- Puerto Maldonado to Cusco After a 2 hour boat ride plus drive to the Puerto Maldonado airport we boarded our flight to Cusco. When we arrived in Cusco, we booked a tour to see Moray, Maras and the Salt mines for the day after. We were a little nervous at the airport, because we could not find our prepaid transfer to our hostal (Pascana). After trying to call Intrepid, we finally located our taxi driver. We stayed at the hostal Pascana, located around the Corichanca area. It was a really nice hostal and the staff were exceptional. They would bring your bags to your room and book tours for you. In Cusco, I started to get attitude sickness and I was getting a massive headache. Although I took my attitute ... read more
The bus ride to Puerto Maldonado Airport
Leave the Amazon
Into Cusco


Day 5: Wednesday, August 15th, 2012- Peruvian Amazon Today we spent our time fishing, visiting an Amazonian family and feeding baby caimens. The river where we went fishing was very low . During the dry season the river water level diminishes significantly, making it more difficult to catch fish. Only one person in our group caught a fish. The fish were very smart and 2 times they were able to chew off the bait from my fishing rod. I definitely, would not pass of as a fisherman ;-). Our guide told us that we were not going to eat the fish. We put the fish back in the water. Apparently, the people in that region, put mercury into the water to look for gold, polluting the water and making the fish poisonous to eat. Good to ... read more
Can you spot the Caimen now
Fishing expedition
The lone fish catcher


Day 4: Tuesday, August 14th, 2012- Puerto Maldonado (Peruvian Amazon, EcoAmazonia Lodge) Today our guide took us into the jungle where he described the many types of trees and what the Amazonian people used them for. Each tree was given a English name based on a unique property that set it apart from other trees. The first tree that we came across was the garlic tree because it smelled like garlic. The next tree our guide showed us was the iron tree. This tree is magnetic and attracts lightning. The tree we saw next was the blackberry tree because if you hit it hard you can hear the echo throughout the forest. If you hit it 5 times that means you are lost, 3 times means lunch is ready. We then saw a round tree called ... read more
Garlic Tree
Iron Tree
Iron Tree

South America » Peru » Madre de Dios » Puerto Maldonado » Ecoamazonia August 13th 2012

Day 3: Monday, August 13th, 2012- Lima, Peru to Puerto Maldonado, Peru Today, we woke up early to catch our flight to Puerto Maldonado for our Amazon tour. In Puerto Maldonado, we met two other girls from Ottawa, Canada (Melina and Kalina). They were also on the Intrepid trip to the Amazon Lodge, but apparently their names were not on the list of individuals staying at the Lodge. I am not sure what happened but everything eventually worked out. Since we needed to take a 1.5 hour boat ride to the lodge we were only allowed to bring a small bag of clothes on the boat. I quickly packed some night clothes, and a pair of clothes in my carry on baggage. I forgot to bring underwear and another set of clothes. I was pretty much ... read more
The Bus on the way to the Lodge
EcoAmazonia Bus
At Puerto Maldonado Airport

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima August 12th 2012

Day 2: Sundary, August 12th, 2012 - Lima, Peru Today, my sister and I decided to explore the city of Lima, Peru. We woke up early thinking that Lacromar, the tourist mall, would be opened by 10:00am but that we not the case. So we decided to take a stroll down Miraflores beachside. We found a park called Love Park. There we found a status in the middle of the park of two lovers embracing surrounded by walls of romantic quotes scripted in mosaic tiles. I went a little camera crazy and took a lot of pictures of the park ;-) When we returned to Lacromar we book a city tour of Lima and a night tour including the Magic Water Circuit with Citysightseeing. The tour left at 2:15pm so we had plenty of time to ... read more
The walkway
Love Park
Love Park

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores August 11th 2012

Day 1: Saturday, August 11th, 2012 Toronto, Ontario to Lima, Peru Buenos Dias, Me llamo Marissa and this is my 2.5 weeks Intrepid experience exploring the country of Peru with my twin sister, Renata. On this journey, my sister and I will explore the city of Lima, Peruvian Amazon at Puerto Maldonado, Cusco and the Sacred Valley and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Our first stop is Lima, Peru. We arrived at Pearson Airport by 5:00am for our 8:00am flight to Bogota, Colombia. At the airport we had our last Canadian Tim Hortons breakfast for the next 2.5 weeks and took our first dose of Malaria tablets. We then said goodbye to Toronto as we boarded our flight to Bogota. The flight to Bogota took approximately 5.5 hours. During the flight, I watched two movies ... read more




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