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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco August 31st 1999

1999……….6wks SOUTH AMERICA-ARGENTINA, PERU.........Martin woke me at 6am I think as it was light and he would have been so cold as the ground was white with frost and small bits of water had frozen ice sheets on them. It's crazy, thinking of Martin, but my problem during the night was that the TWO compressed mattresses I have are not enough for my hip and I got too hot during the night! The cooking stove seems to take forever to boil...because of the altitude I guess. After breakfast of a stale roll (again) and a carrot, we set off about 8.30. Martin had made lunch of rice and beans so that we wouldn't have to unpack the horse. We came across a Peruvian guy with an American accent who was travelling alone like me. He lives ... read more
Spectacular turquoise lake (Ausangatecocha)
From the top of Palamoni Pass
Llama looking cute

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco August 28th 1999

1999……….6wks SOUTH AMERICA-ARGENTINA, PERU..................“This 5-6 day hike has everything: herds of llamas and alpacas, traditionally dressed Indians, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, ice caves, and even vicunas. Not surprisingly it is popular with trekkers. The route takes you right round the massif of Ausangate and over three high passes before returning you to your starting point, the small village of Tinqui.” Bradt Ausangate is South East of Cusco. The mountain, which is revered by the Incas, is actually a collection of high mountains with Ausangate the highest at 6372m. The whole area lies above the tree line. .................................................... Distance about 80km Altitude 3,800m to 5,100m Rating Difficult Timing 5 days ................................................... I met down at the Top Vacations Trekking office at 8.30a... read more
Martin's dad's hut
Martin with his Dad
First night's camp

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco August 24th 1999

1999……….6wks SOUTH AMERICA-ARGENTINA, PERU............ In Cusco there is a ticket (US$10 for 10 days) that allows you into a variety of sites, Cathedrals, Monasteries, and Museums etc. I first went to the Cathedral which commenced being built in 1559 and took 100 years to complete. The Cathedral is actually 3 churches in one. The earliest dates back from 1536. In the Sacristy there were several people doing restoration work to restore the wooden carved statues. There are many splendid side chapels etc. There are many paintings from the 16th/17th cent. This church was an over the top experience of religious fervour with blood and guts everywhere, self flagellation, Mary dressed up like the doll on top of the Christmas tree with tears rolling down her cheeks and that guy on the stick everywhere looking very miserable ... read more
Charming people
Cusco Weaver
The Battered Christ

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco August 20th 1999

1999……….6wks SOUTH AMERICA-ARGENTINA, PERU........Cusco is like the Kathmandu of South America. There are so many interesting & colourful items in the market. The large pottery plates are tempting but not in a backpack. The old looking Spanish Christian paintings done with oils are interesting. There is a huge variety of food here of all standards and largely all well priced. Most of the market activity centres on and around the Plaza de Armas. It is very picturesque with its Spanish colonial natural history museum, church and cathedral which are beautifully lit up at night. They look after this area well with police patrols and keeping people off the grass- a great place to hang out on the steps or seats and watch the activity and get the feeling of really being in the mysterious city of ... read more
Decorative Gourds,Pisac Market
Dolls for Sale, Pisac Market
Pisac Market

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco August 19th 1999

1999……….6wks SOUTH AMERICA-ARGENTINA, PERU....19th August, 1999........ The flight from Lima to Cusco was an awe inspiring one- taking off in the dark, seeing sun rise over the increasing height of the Andes with its snow capped peaks to finally feast our eyes on the ancient Inca capital nestled amongst hills and mountains at 3,310m. From the LHS of the plane we flew over Cusco seeing the air landing stretching out. The plane took a sharp turn and the small Lego type houses with their tiled rooves came to life as we landed. “Cusco’s beauty cannot be overstated. It is a fascinating mix of Inca and Colonial Spanish architecture: Colonial churches, monasteries and convents and extensive pre-Columbian ruins are interspersed with countless hotels, bars and restaurants that have sprung up to cater for the hundreds of thousands ... read more
Hotel Ninos
Hotel Ninos
Hotel Ninos

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires August 17th 1999

1999……….6wks SOUTH AMERICA-ARGENTINA, PERU 17th August, 1999 Buenos Aires I can’t sleep. I hadn’t realized Buenos Aires was so far from OZ and that I would get so jet-lagged. It’s confusing to know or feel what day it is. What I still can’t work out is that I was going ahead in time and yet when I get to Buenos Aires having travelled about 15 hrs from Sydney with transit in New Zealand, it’s still the same day. No wonder my body feels weird with feeling tired but not wanting to sleep and a bit of a headache. The international airport is 35km from the centre and the shuttle bus costs US$14 one way. The city was remarkably quiet because of siesta time but the peatonales (pedestrian malls) which go for whole blocks were busy with ... read more
Hotel Maipu
La Boca1
La Boca2

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Calafate January 9th 1999

(Approximately 9th) :) Es maravilloso. Parece mentira, pero uno puede pasar horas admirándolo. Y cuando ves caer el primer témpano, se te llenan los ojos de lágrimas. Es impresionante. Y si estás durmiendo cerca, escuchas el ruido de los témpanos al caer. Además, en verano oscurese cerca de las 23hs. Se lo recomiendo a todos los turistas del mundo. It's wonderfull. It's incredible, but you can spend hours admire it. And when you see the first floe, you start to cry. It's amazing. And if you're sleeping near from it, you can hear the floeswhen they fall down. Besides, in the summer the night cames at 23hs. I recomend it to all tourist arround the world.... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 24th 1998

Dec 24, 1998 *City official name :Quito *Founded date : *Location :Pichincha Province *Elavation :? ft (? m) *Area :Approximately ? square miles (? km²). *Facts :Quito (official name: San Francisco de Quito) is the capital city of Ecuador in northwestern South America. It is located in northern Ecuador in the Guayllabamba river basin on the eastern slopes of the Pichincha ( 15,728 ft; 4,794 m), an active stratovolcano in the Andes mountains. The city's elevation is 9,300 ft (2,850 m) above sea level (measured at the Plaza de la Independencia), making Quito the second highest capital city in the world. The city's population according to the most recent census (2001) was 1,399,378. In 2005, however, the estimated population was 1,865,541 (canton).... read more
Quito
Quito
Quito

South America » Ecuador December 19th 1998

Dec 19, 1998 *City official name :Guayllabamba *Founded date :? *Location :Pichincha Province *Elavation :? ft (? m) *Area :Approximately ? square miles (? km²). *Facts :Guayllabamba (Quechua for green plain) is a small agricultural town (administratively, a rural parish of the canton of Quito) located 29 kilometers northeast of the city of Quito in northern Ecuador. In the Ecuadorian national census of November 24, 2001, the parish had a population of 12,227. The Zoológico de Quito (Quito Zoo), which was originally in the Benalcázar parish of the city of Quito, was moved in 1997 to the southwest of the parish, and is operated since 1999 by the Fundación Zoológica del Ecuador. The zoo is the largest zoo in Ecuador. ... read more
Guayllabamba

South America » Ecuador December 16th 1998

Dec 16, 1998 *City official name :Mitad del Mundo *Founded date : *Location :Pichincha Province *Elavation :? ft (? m) *Area :Approximately ? square miles (? km²). *Facts :The Mitad del Mundo (Spanish for Middle of the World) is a tract of land owned by the prefecture of the province of Pichincha, Ecuador. It is located in the San Antonio parish of the canton of Quito, 10 km north of the city of Quito. The grounds contain the Museo Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo, a museum about the indigenous ethnography of Ecuador whose building serves at the same time as a 30-meter-tall monument which marks one of the points where the equator goes through the country. The pyramidal monument, with each side facing a cardinal direction, is topped by a 4.5 meter... read more
San Antonio de Pichincha
San Antonio de Pichincha
San Antonio de Pichincha




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