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Oct 17, 2019 - bus ride to Cusco

I treated myself to a long hot shower this morning. After breakfast, we boarded a bus and visited the Maras Salt mines where families own and care for a pentagon-shaped pool with water that flows from a salt spring. They changed the rules so we didn't get up close and personal to see a demonstration of mining the salt - Percy explained it and again I couldn't understand him. The next stop was in Chincheros where we went into a big shop and learned the process of weaving, from cleaning wool to dying it to spinning it to preparing skeins, to...

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Oct 16, 2019 - grounds of Hotel, train back to Ollantaytambo

Some went back to Machu Picchu to do some hiking, and some stayed back to explore the trails of the hotel. Kathleen had to have doctors come take care of her today. She got a shot, pills, and electrolytes. Still on a bland diet. We found the plaza, as we called it, and watched some hummingbirds at the feeders. Then we walked down the main path that led to the path to see the speculated bear they have in captivity, but we didn't go further because you need to pay and have one of their guides take you. We did see where they grew and made...

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Oct 15, 2019 - Machu Picchu!

The 1.5 hour train ride is scenic ride if you are on the right side! It follows the Urobamba River. The only way into Aguas Caliente is by train, so there are no cars or tuk tuks there! It is built on the hillside and is made up of stores, restaurants, and a few hotels. We stayed at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Rooms were in different buildings on the hillside. Debby & I got a room at the edge of things without a view. She wasn't impressed. It's okay because we wouldn't be staying in the room much anyway. Kathleen has gotten...

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Oct 13, 2019 - another travel day

Boat and bus back to Puerto Moldanado, repack luggage, off to the airport with a packaged lunch of a pot pie, a cookie, and a tangerine. Cindy bought me a coke and we shared some Pringle chips. We flew to Cusco, then boarded another bus for the 2.5 hour ride to the Hotel Pakaritampu in the Sacred Valley. We arrived at 6 PM, had dinner (trout!!) at 7 along with mashed potatoes, a baked tomato, and elderberry cheesecake. We are now at 9000 feet above sea level and advised to drink coca tea and lots of water.

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Oct 2, 2019 - Adios Cusco

Hiked up to Sacsayhuaman, the ancient Inca/Inka Fortress, high above Cusco Centro. Compared to Machu Pichu it is quite unassuming; far fewer buildings and less architectural complexity & detail; it was only a fortress, not an inhabited city. The Inka were actually the ruling members of the Quechua peoples. The whole civilization has taken on the name of this ruling class. The views of Cusco lying in the valley below were impressive. And watching the workmen line a mountain stream bed with individually chiseled boulders to form Inca-like...

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Sep 28, 2019 - Clean Cusco

It has been a relaxing few days stay in Cusco. Very pleasant weather. Blue skies with puffy white clouds, and temperatures around 75 F during the day and dropping to a great sleeping coolness of 45-50 F at night. After acclimating to the elevation (11,000+ feet above sea level), walking the city center area from our hotel gets the ol' heart pumping, and the lungs gulping as much oxygen as can be found/inhaled. Unfortunately Lidia has been primarily relegated to the hotel, as her foot needs to heal as much as possible in order to better be...

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Sep 25, 2019 - Arrival to Cusco

Seven hour flight, 100% full, from Dallas to Lima proceeds without issue. Interesting facet was that the flight route map shown throughout the flight indicates the 'planned' route is from Dallas to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ?! And throughout the flight the map updates to show two arrows proceeding south; one from Dallas, and one from Philadelphia ! The destination and flight map were never corrected, and the two flight path arrows converged/arrived in Lima without incident. The airline and airport staff in Lima were SO different than in...

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Feb 21, 2019 - We go exploring: Machu Picchu and beyond!

Sorry for the delay, we have been having a few busy and physically challenging days, and the thought of gathering thoughts, much less photos, was too daunting... Yesterday we explored Machu Picchu, an Incan Citadel high in the Andes. We left our hotel at 4 am (ugh) in a driving rain ( double ugh) to take a taxi for 1 1/2 hours to take a train for 1 1/2 hours to take a bus for 40 minutes, to finally arrive at Machu Picchu. The ruins are spectacular, to have survived for the past 500 years in this climate is a testament to Incan ingenuity. It...

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Feb 18, 2019 - Exploring Cusco

Today was the perfect day to explore Cusco. The weather was mild with no rain. We mapped our route of the Museums that appealed to us and visited three of those while the fourth was closed. Barb and I are famously fastidious museum guests. We start at the beginning and go the end, examining each exhibit and read every explanation that is available. I do say that the quality of the museums was good, the exhibits well organized and English was provided. Although, why is the explanation on one exhibit three pages long in Spanish and only one...

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Feb 17, 2019 - Climbing (down) to Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Today we rode a bus from Puno and headed at last into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, The mountains were appropriately misty and mysterious. We descended about 1000 feet in elevation, and thankfully our headaches have disappeared. Our little hostel/hotel is perfectly situated one block off of the main square; the Plaza de Armes. It is a lovely park filled with families playing and spending time together. The Cathedral looms over one wall of the plaza, and the Jesuit church occupying the square to it's left. It appears that they have had a...

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Oct 24, 2018 - Machu Picchu

Up, breakfast and then wandered down to the train station just a little down from our hotel. Hung out in the waiting room for our train as the were a couple of different ones before ours. There was a dog that went and quietly sat with people while they waited. We boarded our Vistadome train and enjoyed the hour and half ride through the valley to Aguas Calientes (there town at the base of Machupichu). It was a little wet this morning which streamed up the window but still left great views along the way. We are met off the train and taken...

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Oct 23, 2018 - Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo

This morning we joined a bus tour that would take us through the Sacred Valley of the Inca, to Ollantaytambo. Or first stop was an opportunity to learn about the textile process and different crops that are grown in the area. They had a large gift shop but luckily for my wallet we didn't have a lot of time here. The change in scenery from previous days is dramatic with more lush green colors and hills and valleys. We done up to the citadel of Pisac with stunning views of the valley and town below. The complex it's self was amazing, huge...

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