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South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac January 7th 2016

A Special Note to Readers: What you are about to read is my experience taking the medicine of Ayahuasca. At no point was I truly endangering my life. I was under medical supervision the entire time. If a reader is interested in partaking in a similar experience of self-discovery, I highly encourage that person to also be under supervision of a medical professional. I have written my experience as it came. I have put aside political correctiveness and proper jargon. These are the true, raw thoughts & feelings that came to me while I was under. Please read, do not judge, and enjoy! I hope my experience can open your mind to the possibilities of this amazing medicine. *** I don’t even know where to begin, except for wow. When it was time, Sam and I ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac January 6th 2016

This morning I woke up and set off to meet the driver who will take me to the Etnikas Clinic of Traditional Medicine center in Pisac. All I was told is to meet the ‘Lady’ lady’s associate by the fountain in Plaza de San Fransisco. She will be wearing a green jacket. She will be there at 9:30am. I felt like I was on a mission, back in the day style: no phones, no means of communication. Just following instructions. I got there right on time. I was looking all over for her and didn’t see anyone matching the description. Okay, did I just shit my brains out all night AND get scammed? An nice looking tanned-skinned boy with long black dreads, big travel pack, and a guitar sat down on the park bench next to ... read more
Lester & Luna in Paradise
My Writing Corner
Lester, the Golden

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac March 28th 2015

Words can't describe the spectacular terraces and ruins, the Inkans were brilliant! Check out the pictures!... read more
Mountain Tombs
So high up
Hide and seek at its best!

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac August 10th 2014

We were all a little slow to get moving this morning. Partly as we were tired from the day at Machu Picchu and partly as we knew it was already time to leave the Capilla Lodge. We had a great time there with Chris and Rhomina and would recommend it in a heartbeat. So, after a late breakfast we packed up and drove out towards Pisac, a small town about an hour away, known for its market and its Incan ruins. The market was almost entirely stuff for tourists which was not surprising but a little disappointing. We wandered around for a while then found a great place for lunch. Ben, who is not normally an especially adventurous eater, surprised us by ordering an alpaca steak which was delicious. Carys bought an Alpaca soft toy a ... read more
Lunch in Pisac
Alpaca steak
Cuddly baby alpaca

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac June 8th 2014

Really a pretty easy first day. An easy flight to Newark, and then, leaving Newark, the plane took a massive circle around Manhattan, and straight South for like 7 hours. I landed in Lima, Peru around 9ish - which, as crazy as it sounds, is the exact same time as Milwaukee. I left and landed in the same time zone. That's never happened before. In Lima I stayed the night at the airport hotel, which was really just for a bed to rest on for like 3 hours. I got up at 2:30 AM, went back over to the airport and caught a 5 flight to Cusco. I did this for a reason, though. I was flying inland from the coast, right up the base of the Andes right when the sun was rising. It was ... read more
More Sun
Another One
Close to Cusco

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac April 21st 2014

It is starting to become a challenge to remember the sequence of events for each day. While I thought this blog would be an efficient way to record things rather than write them in a journal, it is very easy to leave it for a couple of days on the pretext that I don't want to bore everyone to death! Of course, then when I go to write to you all I can't remember how many things have happened and when - oh the pain of being on holidays LOL! Having said that, I have had some great experiences over the last 3 days that I can share with you. On Good Friday our Brazilian friend Gabby was having her last day before heading home. She was keen to see some of the Churches before leaving ... read more
Good Friday

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac September 16th 2013

It was a whole planned day that was pretty incredible. We breakfasted and were on the bus before 9a.m. We went through the Urubamba Valley to the colorful Indian Market of Pisac , where native from the region of Cusco come to trade their products. Before that, though, we visited a llama farm (got to pet them and feed them and call them George) and a small traditional weaving community. Jaime was very informative about the multiple types of llamas and we learned about them as well as the traditional weaving techniques of Peru. We also visited url= Animal Sanctuarywhere they introduced us (up close and personal) to macaws, llamas, condors (flew right over our heads!) and... read more
Guinea Pig Habitat

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac May 17th 2013

Behind Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire, lies the Sacred Valley of the Inca, so named because the impressive settlements along its Urubamba River were royal preserves of the emperors. These royal estates, from Pisac to Machu Picchu, were spectacularly sited on mountains with views in all directions, and their temples were constructed of the exquisite stone work for which the Inca are famous. The valley is also 700 meters lower than Cusco's 3500mt/11,480 ft, and thus warmer and sunnier--a good place for a winter home. I first came to Pisac to explore the ruins for a day and later returned for over a week to enjoy the little Andean town. The ride from Cusco was gorgeous over mountains, still green in late April, past small adobe settlements and agricultural terraces before descending into the ... read more
village leader with staff--could have been 500 years ago
Pisac market and Incan terraces climbing the mountain
little girl and baby sheep at Pisac market

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac January 21st 2013

The weekend started with a trip to one of the local restaurants close to the famous Koricancha temple to try Alpaca meat. Tasting somewhere in between beef and pork the meat was slightly tougher than pork but very nice – I would definitely recommend. Next on the list of eating things is Cuy / The guinea Pig / The Fat Hamster. These royal creatures apparently live in Castles these days rather than burrows / grasslands (at least in Pisac if you see the photo I took below). Prior to the Spanish arriving Koricancha was the most important Inca religious site that literally translated means 'Golden Temple'. Apparently the temple stunned the Spaniards given the amount of gold and precious stones that decorated the interior. However when the Spaniards held the Inca leader Atahualpa to ransom the ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Pisac November 19th 2012

After a few days in Cusco and one almighty hangover – note to self; pints of G&Ts are never, ever a good idea! - it was time to head off on the trek that over the next 5 days would take me high into the Andes, through snow-capped mountains and into rural Peru that many travellers don’t get to see. The trek operator was Andina Travel and our guides came to our hotel in Cusco on Sunday night to talk us through what the next 5 days would contain – here’s some of the blurb that originally sold me on this trek; ‘The community trek will take you through pristine unspoilt Andean scenery, walking ancient Inca trails and staying as guests of the local communities as part of the pioneering Dragoman community based tourism project, Tarpuy ... read more
Day 1 - views over Cusco
Day 1 - Meeting the Olympian
Day 1 - Terraces at Pisac

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