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Another misty morning at Machu Pichu

Dale turns photographer...




...while Pam, Barb & Kevin start up Huayna Picchu

A steep climb

Kevin and Barb decide to turn back

Other hikers above - not for the faint of heart!

Looking back down at Machu Picchu



Crawling through a cave

A long way down

Still more climbing to do

Vertigo anyone?


Stairway to heaven?

Made it to the top - photo by some Aussie girl

And now the hard part, down

The butt crawl method

Don't look down

No railing here


Made it down

Friendly lawn mowers



Entertainment on the train to Ollantaytambo

Kevin is not entertained....

Back in Cusco - shopping time!

Dinner at Fallen Angel - Pizzaro's old palace

Looks a bit different than in Pizzaro's time

Yes, that table is a bathtub

A bizzare place

But fun, especially after Pisco Sours!





And the food was delicious! Scallops


The bar

Movie Clips - Playback Requirements - Problems?

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Machu Picchu Day 2

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Entertainment on the way to Ollantaytambo

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Fallen Angel

We were up bright and early to make it to the Huyana Picchu hike at our 7:00 am start time. It was raining again but we were hopeful that as with the previous day, it would let up before we arrived. Unfortunately, Dale's back was acting up and he didn't want to risk a steep climb so he explored the ruins on his own while Pam, Barb and Kevin started up Huayna Picchu. Luckily it had stopped raining because the walk to the top was like climbing up narrow, slippery, rock steps, generally without a railing. The Incas built the trail and steps to the top of the mountain and then built ruins on the top. Some of the pitches were 70 degrees or more and while there were some metal rails near the bottom of the site, they got fewer and farther between as you went up and the steps got even steeper and narrower. The summit is about 1200' higher than Machu Picchu and Barb and Kev decided they'd had enough part way up. Pam continued on her own and was rewarded with spectacular views and a few heart stopping moments on the way down. Definitely not a good excursion for anyone with vertigo! There was more than one person "butt crawling" down the steps. When Pam returned, we explored the ruins a bit more, enjoyed the friendly "lawn mowers" that were busy at work and then headed back down to town. After pizza and beer for lunch, we hooked up with Ann and boarded the train to Ollantaytambo. An interesting train ride including a fashion show and a dancing demon. Our return trip from Machu Picchu to Cusco was included as part of our MLP trip so when we got off the train in Ollantaytambo there was a guy waiting with a van to take us the rest of the way to Cusco (much quicker than taking the train the whole way). We checked back into the well located but otherwise "nothing special" Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza hotel. With only the one night in Cusco, the ladies were on a mission to make all of the purchases they had scouted out the week before. After a successful mission, Dale and Kevin caught up and we had a fun dinner at Fallen Angel restaurant. It is supposedly located in the original house of one of the Pizarro brothers (the Spanish guys who conquered the Incas) but we're pretty sure it doesn't look anything the same inside now! A bizarre but fun place with bathtubs filled with fish and covered with glass serving as tables, flying pigs and plastic pillows. The drinks and the food were fantastic and it made for a very enjoyable way to spend our last night in the Sacred Valley of the Incas! Early train to Puno tomorrow.

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