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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

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 5th 2014

We are 7 volunteers and 5 staff here. Two volunteers are from Britain, two from the US, one from Germany and one from Denmark and then me. We are a company of interesting differences, and conversation is good. Everyone speaks English so my Spanish will not improve quickly. The meals are very good, this first morning we had salty cheese fried in batter with the freshest of tomatoes and flat breads. We started the day with sorting pottery shards according to fineness of clay, and colour. I found it fascinating to the point of obsessive to sort the pieces into piles that I was sure went together. The afternoon was much more active. They are broadening the channel of a water way connecting onto the land. We slung buckets of clay out of the channel as ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » La Convención » Quillabamba February 2nd 2012

We drove deeper into the jungled mountains. The driver took as far as his car could go. We thanked him and started up the trail into the dark forest. Colorful birds dartted from branch to branch overhead. Vines hung from tremendous trees like pre-historic snakes. Soon we found ourselves in the middle of a banana grove. Hundreds of bananas hung all around us. The boys rushed at them as if they were made of gold. We stuffed our mouths with the sweet sun-baked fruit. When we couldn't eat any more, we stuffed our bags full of them. As we climbed, I began to feel a drizzle, though there wasn't a cloud overhead. The water didn't feel as though it was coming from above and I soon realized why. The roar of the waterfall sounded like a ... read more
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Smokey hut
Willy Wonka Land

South America » Peru » Cusco » La Convención » Quillabamba February 1st 2012

We lost the game and took a seat on the stone bleachers. Above the soccer court, a truck carrying fruit rushed by in the night. Weary passengers lay on top of mangos and bananas, staring up at the starry sky. Together they huddled under blankets and prepared for their journey over the snowy mountain pass. In five hours they would have passed through as many climates. Their faces were alien, of another world. They were headed home, back to their city in the jungle. "We should camp in Quillabamba sometime," I said casually, almost under my breath. Bryan glanced at me to see if I was serious. "In the jungle?" he said, cocking his eyebrow. "When?" "I don't know, whenever, sometime this month." He looked at me again, scanning my eyes for a molecule of insincerity. ... read more
Mountain pass
Quillabamba
Quillabamba

South America » Peru » Cusco » La Convención » Quillabamba July 24th 2007

Après nos deux jours tranquilos à Cuzco, nous avons repris la route en direction de Quillambaba, au matin du 19. Ce trajet d’environ 8 h (ya rien là après avoir fait 22 h) nous a réservé quelques surprises. Un premier arrêt frisquet à 4 200 mètres où le chauffeur est allé effectuer quelques réparations en dessous du bus. Par la suite, la vendeuse des billets d’autobus nous avait informés quelque peu que nous devions marcher un petit 20 minutes pour rejoindre un autre bus car la route est en construction (ou démolition). En fait, cette petite marche s’est avérée plutôt une petite montagne boueuse à monter alors que nous avions tous nos bagages sur nous! Puis, nous suivons notre trajet sur une carte, et nous voyons à mi-chemin Santa Maria… donc supposément à 4 heures de ... read more
La route vers Quillabamba
Une alte en altitude
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