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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 16th 2011

Just got back from the project phase. It wasnt quite as i expected as there was absolutely no running water so no showers and no toilets, just a hole in the ground. We didnt end up staying in with the locals as we arrived quite late at night, so the whole week was spent in a tent in a big hall. When we arrived the children brought over a deer for us to stroke and some piglets and sheep which was nice. To help the community we worked on a medical centre where there was an inch thick of dust on the floor and no windows. we have sanded and cemented the walls, painted them, cemented the outside, pickaxed some massive grassy ledge and rebuilt a ledge out of stones and cement, made a path, painted ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco July 30th 2011

Day 6:- Lots of waiting around to fly over the Nazca lines today. The lines are huge and quite amazing, although tricky to see. There belongs a mystery as to how or who created the lines, however later in the day we visited the cemetery of Chauchilla, which showcases Nazcan mummies, and our tour guide told us that the lines were easy to create with rope and the only reason that they are surrounded in mystery is commercial! Night bus to Arequipa, which is where I had my best sleep to date. Day 7:- In Arequipa we visited the Convent of Santa Catalina, a nunnery. Very interesting. We also admired El Mistri volcano from afar before going out in the evening to watch Peru´s semi-final in the Copa America against Uruguay (dressed in a Peruvian football ... read more
Condor spotting at Colca Canyon
Guinea pig for dinner
The highest pass on the Lares trek

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco July 12th 2011

Hello everybody! Today we are in Cuzco, as yesterday we left Sacred Valley. Yesterday, after we arrived to our hotel in Cuzco, we took a nice walk to get familiar with our surroundings. In the center of Cuzco we found that there was a wide variety of unique and magnificent shops, from carpets and textiles to delicate Inca jewellery. When we got back we met with the Thompsons (Dave, Anjula, Jaz and Zoe) for a delicious dinner at an Indian place. Today, we continued our lessons for two hours and then spent the remainder of our lesson in the Market of San Pedro. The teachers came with us and we were only allowed to speak Spanish, even amongst ourselves! In the market we found many stalls selling different things such as fruit, jewellery, clothes, seeds, meat ... read more
Cuzco 2
Cuzco 3
Gross pigs head

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco July 4th 2011

Hey everyone, sorry I haven't updated in a while, I don't really have a good excuse. But since the last time, I have been to the biggest festival in Cusco (Inti Raymi) pretty Impressive stuff. The whole ceremony is in Quechua, but one of the locals let us see the script in Spanish, so I sorta knew what was going on. It started about 10am in the main square and then we went up to the ruins above Cusco, Sacsayhuamán (pronouced Sexy Woman!) and there was more of a ceremony. It was really hot and sunny and I had hat, sunglasses and factor 50 on the go. It was a fairly steep climb and it was so hot, took it outta me hi! I didnt take great photos of it, it was very crowded so I ... read more
The Inca KIng
Continues up at the ruins
yummy, guinea pig in a dress

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco July 4th 2011

After four and a half months on the road, 7000km worth of cycling and visiting 4 different countries, my time cycling has been forced prematurely to an end. On the second day of the Inka Jungle trek to Machu Picchu, after a severe rainstorm which has lasted 4 days now, a stray rock from a rockfall on the road we were walking hit my leg just below the knee. It cut my leg to the bone and forced me to return to the nearest town to get it stitched up. Luckily the doctor said there is no tendon or nerve damage so there should be no long term problems, just a month without exercise and a bad limp while it heals. Gutted doesn't even begin to describe how i feel right now, after completing two thirds ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco July 4th 2011

After leaving Copacabana we crossed the border into Peru and into the Puno region, famous of late for it's protests against foreign mining contracts in the area. The main highway in this region is mostly closed to traffic because of roadblocks made by the locals but we thought we'd try our luck on our bikes. Most of the roadblocks are just rocks and mud with a bit of broken glass scattered along the road so we could weave through ok on our bikes, but some blocked the road entirely and had locals sitting on them! We managed to get through them by lifting our bikes over and smiling, pretending we were just stupid gringos, which seemed to work pretty well as the peruvians were really friendly! After cycling about 60km from the border the blocks cleared ... read more
Following Lake Titicaca
Climbing the mountain pass
Reaching the top - 4338m

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco July 3rd 2011

Hi all, we are writing this blog from the ancient inca city of cusco in peru where we arrived at 1600 local after two flights from santiago, the latter of which was a bit too close to the mountains for our liking! we will pick up from Carlos Paz in Argentina (where we last blogged from!) on our final day in carlos paz we visited a nacional park roughly 55km away. we got the bus early in the morning and got dropped off in (literally) the middle of nowhere! no bus stop signs and no people or noise, just rolling countryside and sand. we managed to find what looked like the entrance and after walking for about half an hour we finally entered the park! we followed the marked path which was expected to last around ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco July 1st 2011

Hola aus Iguazu. Es giesst wie aus Kuebeln, also ab an den Computer fuer ein letztes Update. Wieder viel erlebt die letzten zwei Monate, insbesondere weil mein Freund Yves noch zu Besuch kam! Also los... ...Cusco, Choquequirau, Manu Reserva, Salkantei, Machu Picchu, Puno, Uros, Titicaca-Islas, Arequipa, Volcano Misti, Coropuna, Colca-Cañon, Huaraz, Cordillera Huayhuash, Laguna 69, Mancora, Iguazu. Nach solanger Zeit wieder ein vertrautes Gesicht, freute mich riesig auf die Ankunft von Yves. Die naechsten Wochen waren schon so gut wie geplant. Wir haben uns jeweils an bestehende Gruppen meines Freundes Heradio, der eine Reiseagentur hat, angeschlossen. Die erste Tour ging nach Choquequirau, die Schwesterstadt von Machu Picchu, welche um die gleiche Zeit erbaut wurde, jedoch noch nicht ganz freigelegt ist. War ganz schoen anstrengend, runter rauf runter rauf und die Hitze. Nach eine... read more
Manu Reserva
Machu Picchu
Misti Volcano

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco June 23rd 2011

Tuesday 21st June Today I went to a rural medical outpost with the clinic. We drive for at least an hour and the longer the drove, the more crap the roads got! There was lots of animals being herded along the roads, proper Irish traffic Jam! We were based in a school, the children were lovely and so excited to see us. I worked with the Italian Gynaecologists for the morning. One of our patients brought a lamb with her into the room which the proceeded to shit all over the floor! It was quite funny. I think the Italian Doctors found it quite funny but also difficult to work in such difficult circumstances. In general, hygiene standards are poorer here than in UK but that was to be expected.The Italian doctors said that the place ... read more
Doctor Lamb
Computer class

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco June 21st 2011

Tuesday and Wednesday The flight went via Juliaca near Lake Titicaca. The country is semi-arid and very rugged, with volcanoes and lakes. Juliaca is located in a very wide flay valley surrounded by low mountains (sedimentary rock turned on end) a deep purple brown colour. The houses are boxes of the same colour as many are built of mud bricks. As we neared Cusco, the Andes rose up in sharp snow-capped peaks and glaciers. We arrived in Cusco during festival, part of Inti Raymi (festival of the sun). Some of the streets of Cusco were closed for the parades which started mid-morning and were still going at 8pm. 3 TV stations were broad-casting live. Every day there is music, dancing and parades somewhere in the city. All very colourful and noisy. We have learnt a new ... read more
Cusco during festivsal
Cusco Cathedral

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