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January 29th 2011
Published: January 29th 2011
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Inka Terraces at Pisac RuinsInka Terraces at Pisac RuinsInka Terraces at Pisac Ruins

Where they cultivated many varieties of potato, beans, corn and fruit

Wow what an amazing week! Dave and I split up to see Machu Pichu, the Inka ruins, in different ways. So we now have different stories to tell! We are learning lots about the ancient civilizations in Peru and other regions through the museums and our tour guides at the top of Machu Pichu. In part of our amazing journey, was an interesting visit to both our intestines, of travelers diarrhea (from local bacteria! yay!), both of which are better now. Nothing like really appreciating a nice solid bowel movement after you experience the Machu poo poo! Haha! This is what makes the adventure so much more magical. Appreciating the small everyday things. Much love from Peru! Enjoy the pics!

I Hiked the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu, a grueling 5 day, 87 km hike. I was with a group of thirteen, and the hike took us from the charming village of Mollepata up to the glaciated peaks of the Peruvian highlands and then a final decent through lush forests to Machu Picchu. The toughest part of the hike was on day two, when we climbed the high pass of 4650 metres or about 3 miles
Inka gravesitesInka gravesitesInka gravesites

Where they buried their mummified dead in a fetal position.
above sea level, but the views were well worth the effort. It was fairly easy going after that, a long haul down into the forested slopes..

The two of us spent a few more days in Cusco, taking in some more of the historic sites in the area, and we also had a few Spanish lessons at a nice school in town.. We are currently in Puno on the shore of Lake Titicaca which is the worlds highest navigable lake and one of the biggest lakes in the southern hemisphere. The shore of the lake is a whopping 3860 metres above sea level! It is definately breathtaking in more than one way..
Hasta luego, D y T

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Inca engineeringInca engineering
Inca engineering

Each block is carved specifically to fit the others. A concave fit between blocks allows a tight fit and stable structure. (Inca's were circa 1100 to 1550 before the Spaniards took over and destroyed lots of these beautiful settlements)
Pisac Inca RuinsPisac Inca Ruins
Pisac Inca Ruins

Where the honoured virgin girls lived...and if they were honoured the most, they may have been chosen for a human sacrifice.
Pisac Inca RuinsPisac Inca Ruins
Pisac Inca Ruins

3600 meters above sea level.
Angle of the doorwaysAngle of the doorways
Angle of the doorways

to withstand earthquakes
Beautiful shot by TheresaBeautiful shot by Theresa
Beautiful shot by Theresa

Two local men show their happiness (or a joke) as they watch 2 nuns and a priest walk down the road.
Little girl in PisacLittle girl in Pisac
Little girl in Pisac

All dressed up for photos for money...
Saksaywaman Inca RuinsSaksaywaman Inca Ruins
Saksaywaman Inca Ruins

Some blocks were 130 tonnes!
outskirts of Cuscooutskirts of Cusco
outskirts of Cusco

on Theresa's bus ride to Ollantaytambo
Selling flowers at the train stopSelling flowers at the train stop
Selling flowers at the train stop

on Theresa's train ride towards Machu Pichu
Theresa at Machu PichuTheresa at Machu Pichu
Theresa at Machu Pichu

The most prestigious and talked about Inca Ruins. This place was a sacred place where the highest ranking people of the Incas lived: the engineers, archeologists, clergy, builders, etc. The other 3 classes of people lived below this level in the Mountains. Machu Pichu is 2800 meters above sea level.

30th January 2011

Boy what a trip, you sure are learning about so many countries, Congratulation MOM
30th January 2011
On the trail

Machu Pichu
Is there any connection to Makka Pakka, a strange critttur who spends his life washing stones and other peoples faces? He lives in the Night garden, a kiddies programme!! He plays alongside the Pontipines, the wottingers, the Ninky Nonk and Pinky Ponk to name but a few!!!!
30th January 2011
Beautiful shot by Theresa

Lovely picture - you just can't help smiling back! :)
30th January 2011

Hi Mom
Yes, we are learning lots and having lots of fun!
30th January 2011

Hi Elaine!!
HAHA!!!!!!! If there wasn"t any relation, I think there should be!! LOL!! Keep up the great comments! I"m almost falling off my chair at some of your funnies!! T xx
30th January 2011

To AnnaAdventuring
Hi Anna, thanks. This was one of those photos that happens by chance and luck (right time, right place). Such magic in it. Thanks for your comment.
30th January 2011

Beautiful photos, breathtaking shots I can only imagine the actual feelings when you become part of the mystical site. Enjoy, take care, stay solid!!!!
31st January 2011

Love the Title
Hi Guys Glad to see you're still standing and doing cool stuff and of course, the all important bowel movement! LOL Take Care and Living Vicariously Through You Two, xoxo
31st January 2011

Hello from Churchill
Hello Teresa and Dave, Great pics! Can't believe you ran into Raymond-too funny! Have a great time... Heather M
31st January 2011

Hi Heather
Yes, funny how it is a small world!
5th February 2011

once again
Once again I'm enjoying your photos and thinking what a wonderful time you must be having. take care sharon

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