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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 29th 2016

Sophia and I woke up quite early to catch our shuttle at 5:30am, though not as early as Celine and the boys who had to leave by 4:30am to make it up the steps to Machu Picchu by our meeting time of 6:00am. When we walked to the bus station, I was amazed at the amount of people standing in line, even though we were a good 15 minutes early for the first bus! However, I must say that it is down to a science here and was relatively straightforward and easy. Soon we were on a bus, winding up the roads to Machu Picchu. I was trying not to show how giddy I was, but I was so excited! We were the first at the top and we waited for the rest of our group ... read more
Cloudy morning to start
Cloudy morning to start
Clouds lifted!

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 27th 2016

January 27th (Late posting as the internet was down at Machu Picchu) We got up early to climb Waynapicchu today. We had a very nice breakfast at the Sanctuary Lodge and as we were already at the gate we did not have to get up as early as most who are going to climb Waynapicchu. The morning was fairly cool and overcast. We were in the first group of 200 allowed to climb Waynapicchu at 7 a.m. Only 2 groups are allowed up per day and we had purchased our ticket when we were in Cusco. The lady that had arranged our train, park and bus tickets had gotten our Waynapicchu tickets online and she had said we got the last 2 openings for the tickets. At the gate you have to sign in, record the ... read more
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu from Waynapicchu
Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 27th 2016

C: The flight From Lima to Cusco was just over an hour and we got a ridiculously cheap taxi to our next hotel which was very nice and certainly had more of a Peruvian feel than the one in Lima. We unloaded the luggage and went off to explore. I love city travelling and especially ones with lots of history so Cusco was right up my street and made a refreshing change from the more modern cities of North America. It was originally inhabited by the Incas but not much remains from their time unfortunately as the Spanish did a pretty thorough job of looting it and destroying most of the buildings. Fortunately the Spanish built attractively so there's still a lot to see. There's a beautiful central square surrounded by balconied buildings and several churches ... read more
Colourful fabrics
Llamas on he stairs
Backpackers and Inca ladys wander the streets together

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 26th 2016

January 26th We had good travels on the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu station in Aguas Calientes. Lots of scenery. Cows on some terraces. We sat across from some young girls who took at least 32 selfies during the 1.5 hour ride. They felt bad for us that we were not taking selfies, so they took a picture of us as well. We took the bus up to Machu Picchu. We are not sure how many switchbacks on the way up the road, but we were happy to get to the top as the drop down off the cliff would not have been an acceptable ending. We checked into the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Our room had a very nice view overlooking the mountains. We had a very nice lunch...finished with an assortment of treats ... read more
Perurail to Machu Picchu
Perurail
Perurail -picture taken by the "selfie girls" across from us

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 11th 2016

Oh my God, my knees. That is all. Here is a picture of me and a Alpaca-Llama to feed your appetite (still can't tell the difference.) Off to bed.... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 10th 2016

Oh my, today was a tough one. Uphill, caring my backpack for seven hours. It was extremely challenging. I spend most of it along because I walk so slow compared to my freakishly tall comrades. I can’t wait to get there. Even though today was the “most difficult day” due to the verticalness, tomorrow we are actually walking further. Just not as steep. It will be nine hours, and mostly straight down. My knees hate me already. Oh! I forgot to mention, Mom and Dad knew about the Ayahuasca ceremony. After my mom demanded to know what “overnight mountain tour” I was going on, I just told her “Etnikas” not expecting her to look into it further. Duh, she looked into it. I have to say, I am very impressed with them! They were more curious ... read more
Ancient Ruins Along the Way

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 9th 2016

Day one of four has officially been completed of the Machu Pitcchu Trek, and boy is it gorgeous! I’ve done many hikes in my day, but this one takes the cake as far as scenery is concerned! The group I am going with is nice. Five of the six of them are from the Scandinavian regions. Two from Norway, two from Sweeden and one from Denmark. All around my age. I have to say, I am quite envious of how many days they get off work to travel. They are all so happy. Very different from the demanding work schedule America provides. No wonder America has such a depression problem. Our first base camp is nice. Cold, but nice. It kind of reminds me of why I don’t go camping. Everything is ... read more
Inca Trail Day 1

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu December 6th 2015

PERU: Machu Picchu...entering the eyes of the cat. Some animals look shy...some coy...some defiant...some blankly...some all knowing. An alpaca as if it's about to laugh...a llama as if it's going to waggle it's behind...a Peruvian dog as if it's come in a spacecraft. But it's only the cat that conveys airs of mastery...and of mystery. Kinda think the Incas would've elevated cats to god-like status...if the Egyptians hadn't thought of it first. Some look surprised...some proud...some with allure...some as if they are in charge...some blah blah zay. But when I enter a cat's eyes I enter it's psyche...a spiritual place...ethereal...out of this World. Where there are stony greys...splintered yellows...fractured black & whites...shimmering greens...proud airs...whiskers of clouds...shards of light. A bit like Machu Picchu...when you are up at that height. **... read more
Entering the eyes of the cat
Peru Rail Vistadome
Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu November 4th 2015

Our last full week in Peru was saved for trekking to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay trail. The other, more famous Inca trail, has to be booked months in advance bc of its popularity although Salkantay is slowly becoming just as popular if not almost as crowded. Kristine, having already done this trek 10 years ago was our defacto tour guide but she quickly realized how much things have changed in the 10 years that have passed. We lucked out and our group was great. The group consisted of two Swiss sisters, an Australian girl traveling solo for 18 months, a group of 3 Brazilian friends, an American guy and English girl who met along their travels, and a Chinese woman and her American Boyfriend, who was one of the most interesting people we have met ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu October 28th 2015

We flew to Cusco from Lima, over the snow topped Andes mountains. Cusco is the heart of the once mighty Inca Empire. It is a fascinating city at 12,000' elevation and is accessible to many Inca archaeological ruins. Population approximately 350,000 and is the oldest, continuously, inhabited city of South America. Cusco has had many earthquakes over the years. Massive Incan built stone walls line many of Cusco's buildings. The streets are often steep and narrow and you'll see many decendents of the Inca's as you walk through the city. When Columbus arrived in the Americas, Cusco was the thriving, powerful capital of the Inca Empire until Spanish conquistadors destroyed the civilization during their 16th century colonial quest. The Inca Empire had its origins in the twelfth century. Manco Capac was one of the earliest Inca ... read more
Inca Ruins
COCOA TEA FROM COCOA LEAVES
CATHEDRAL IN CUSCO




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