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Jun 7, 2018 - Cusco to Machu Picchu

I went to Machu Picchu. I had to go on a train for 3 hours. Then I had to go on a bus up the mountain, it was very scary and twisty as we were high up. Final, I got there I had to wait a few minutes before I could go through the gates. I was there for 3 hours. It was so cool.

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Trip Journal

Connor's adventure

Feb 9, 2018 - Mon 5th after breakfast until dinner

After the ecstatic morning with the river otters, we had barely 5 minutes to have breakfast and we were on the move again under the strict guidance of Silvario. This time we marched 3km towards the clay lick to hopefully see what appears. The heat is very much increased as does the ratio of mosquitoes per cubic metre. We sit within a hide approx 30m from the lick. The wait is intense and finally there was a gathering of macaw in trees, their incescent squawking, chatting and screaking built to a high level of noise, but they remained high...

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Feb 9, 2018 - Monday 5th Night Trek into the Jungle

I must say having been up since 4am and marched at least 10 km through the jungle and up and down rivers and Lakes the thought of Nother trek was tiring, but this is a once in life time opportunity. So following another shower and clothes wash we were ready to go. Please note that this is the rainforest, we have not seen rain for a whole day, it was hot even for the locals today up to 32c but with 100% humidity this is draining. Our boot socks were now standing and waiting for us to go. I am sure the first signs of trench foot are being...

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Feb 9, 2018 - Tues 6th Feb Early Am down to the claylick

Surprisingly as I was the last one awake, and Alison was up showering. Today we had a slightly later start 6:00 to go to the claylick to see the early morning parrots at the claylick. We troupe along in our now familiar line but now with a greater awareness of our surroundings and what signs to look for. Although having said that as soon as you do not look where you are stepping, you soon become a cropper falling over. We did note that Daves arms were covered in itchy bites and where the bites were not present he had an allergic reaction to...

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Feb 9, 2018 - Tuesday 6th PM local farm and sunset river trip and journey to Lima

After our visit to the tree, shower, and lunch we had a late afternoon trip to the local farm where. the food from the hotel was produced. The site was just across the river and as we approached the plot the farmer and his wife were working on the land in baking hot sun. The area had been cleared of rainforest to grow the crops and there little cover for the workers. The huts provided little more than cover and were built from the trees felled during the clearance. As expected the farm had many sorts of fruits, potatoes, herbs, rice,...

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Feb 8, 2018 - Sunday 4th Feb heading to the Amazon

We are now into Sunday morning early rise again after very little sleep in Cusco. Felling slightly better and excited to be heading onto our Amazional Jungle experience in Puerto Maldinardo within the Peruvian area of the Amazon. We have fly direct about 60 minutes and are collected at the airport by Silverio. Who immediately informs us there is no way that they will carry our bags to the Eco lodge, so we have to downsize to fit only limited clothing for the jungle and very little else as our cosmetics are not bio degradable. So armed with...

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Feb 8, 2018 - Monday 5th Feb 04:30 out on the Lake

We woke at 04:30 in a heavy mist which continue to ensure that our already wet clothes remained damp and those that were not damp, were soon wet as soon as we put them on. The noises of the night which turned into the day continued with ever increasing frecioucity. It was as if we were in the land that time forgot, mysterious, frightening, exciting and exhilating all in one. At any time a raptor so tear into the clearing and consume us all. Met up with our valiant guide Silverio who promptly marched us down to the river for our waiting...

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Feb 7, 2018 - Awe Inspiring Mucho Picchu Part 2

The four hours we spent wandering around the site, each area had a specific purpose such as a skill workshop, observation bay and or many significant time pieces such as the sun temple which on Decmember or June 21st would be lit up by the early morning sunrise on the days and glow out to all parts. Or each of the surrounding 6 mountain tops and their respective gullets would align to create the calendar for the year, just like the knuckles on your hand. When the sunrise for each month would align to these mountains. It seemed everything...

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Feb 7, 2018 - Awe Inspiring Mucho Picchu

Having arrived at Machu Picchu station early on misty morning, the conflict between 21st century and third world was evidenced everywhere. Modern hotels living cheek by jowl with with mud and wooden shacks, smoky open fires billowing steam and smells across the valley. Cheap sovenier shops alongside gold, silver and Alpachas products. A mix of colours clashing with the dense green jungle surroundings. Beautiful Traditional dress being worn in contrast with the jeans and inappropriate printed tee shirts. The excitement was definitely growing...

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Feb 7, 2018 - Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu

We get up early at 04:30 to rain and overcast skies to head to one of our trip highlights to Macchu Picchu. We bumped along from our hotel towards Ollantaytambo station, we passed a village named Coy which is for Guinea pigs. This villiage specialises in breeding, cooking and selling Guinea pigs live or freshly killed or cooked. Each household has a front stall where there were 3/4 cooked Guinea pigs on sticks for sale to eat. We meet our train by the tracks at the appointed station and headed towards Macchu Picchu. The scenery and...

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Feb 7, 2018 - Bird Watching, Bear Watching, Orchid Watching in Inkarterra Hotel

Woke up at 4am with heartburn and stomach pain which was only stopped by a high number of return visits to the toilet. As I was up and had been for some time I joined the birdwatchers at 06:30, hoping this would be helpful to my current position. I am glad that I did as we saw luckily the Andrean Cock of the forest, albeit from quite a distance. This brightly coloured bird is the Peruvian National bird and not expected to be seen for at least another two months due to the winter period. But there it was and later we spotted a second bird,...

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Feb 7, 2018 - Sol y Luna Hotel, near Ollantaytambo

Sorry I have been off line for the past amazing week from the top of Maachu Picchu down to the sweltering heat of the Amazon Basin. Sitting in Puerto Maldinardo airport in 34c 100% Humidity, sweating buckets so fingers slipping across keyboard But back to the Cusco and the Sol y Luna Hotel, some pictures of the hotel as well as Humming Birds. I had my best ever massage in the hotel, the setting was idllyic at the far end of the grounds, surrounded by deep vegetation with the sound of passing bees and humming birds. The temperature was warm...

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