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Oct 16, 2017 - A Tour of Peru's Sacred Valley

Today we packed up right after breakfast as we had previously arranged for a tour guide to show us around to some of the major sights in the area. At 8:30, our guide Brian, along with a driver, Jonathan, arrived at our hotel. For our first stop, we backtracked to Chinchero, a town that we had driven through yesterday on our way to Urubamba. Chinchero is not actually in the valley, it is in the highlands and is at an even higher elevation than Cusco. We walked up the town's narrow stone streets where there were many Peruvian handicrafts...

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Peru - October 2017

Aug 17, 2015 - The Inca Trail

So finally we woke up to a beautiful day on the 15th of August - we had packed our duffel bags with the 5kgs each that we were allowed on the Inca Trail and everything else gets sent back to Cusco. We will only be reunited with the rest of the luggage in 6 days time. Edgar and our driver were right on time and we drove for about an hour to a small town called Piskacucho or more commonly 82 - as this is how far it is from Cusco. This is were we started our hike after going through the checkpoint and get the requisite stamp in our passport....

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Jul 5, 2015 - and the steps kept coming - Day 3 and 4

We were woken by one of the porters with some coco tea at 5.30am. The coco tea is made from the same leaf that cocaine is made from but you need litres of it to have the same effect so I'm told. It's good for the altitude and digestion again so we are told. Hannah and I slept fairly well, it rained during the night but I didn't hear it. We got ready for the day in the dark. We had this great plan and it was a tough day ahead, we all loaded our main bag with as much stuff as possible (the ones the porters would be taking) and have light day...

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Jul 3, 2015 - Inca Trail - Day 1 and 2

We met our group at 7.30, they seemed really nice a couple from Ireland, 2 girls from Ireland and a girl from New Zealand. We also had with us 2 guys from Scotland and England they wouldn't be doing the walk with us as only 500 people at a time can do the walk and unfortunately they didn't get a space but they would be spending today and the day of Machu Pichu with us and doing a slightly different walk in the meantime. We met our guide, a perivian called Alex. We got into the mini bus and went up a hill, that looked over the whole of...

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Mar 3, 2014 - Road Trip

Seem to have recovered from effects of altitude. Have been drinking the coca tea. Our driver today is Philipe. We are headed to the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo today. First stop was Puca Pucara (red fortress) an Inca site at the peak of a hill thought to be a military position and administrative center. All of the areas we have been seeing have connections via Inca trails. We drove through Urubamba Valley to Pisac, the citadel at the entrance to the controlled route connecting the Inca Empire to Paucartambo that borders the jungle....

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The 7th Continent

Nov 4, 2013 - Cusco 11-4-2013

Cusco November 4, 2014 Written by: John Our guide Max met us at 8 AM, but the driver was having a hard time getting near the hotel because of the traffic. We walked to a small plaza a half block from our hotel to wait for him. While we were there, we witnessed a small accident. Our driver Marco phoned to say he was still a long way away, so we walked three blocks downhill (important when the altitude is 11,200 feet) to the cathedral. It didn't open on time, so we took a cab to Qoriqancha, an Inca temple site that was taken over by the...

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Peru _Ecuador_2013

Nov 3, 2013 - November 3 - Cusco

Machu Picchu to Cuzco November 3, 2013 Written by: John This was an easy travel day. Our train left at 10:55 AM so we checked out of Inkaterra at 10:00, walked to the train station following the hotel employee who wheeled our suitcases down. Once on the train it was a pleasant ride back to Ollantaytambo. We were even treated to a fashion show. I was slightly tempted to buy a baby alpaca sweater, except that it cost $140. When we disembarked, we were met by our driver Marco, and had an hour and a half drive to Cusco. On the outskirts of the...

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Peru _Ecuador_2013

Nov 3, 2013 - November 2 Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Sat. Nov. 2, 2013 Written by Lois & John As we mentioned in the last posting, it was raining when we woke up today. But it let up soon thereafter, so we headed up the mountain again to the Machu Picchu archeological site to hike up to the Sun Gate, also called Intipunku. I'm not sure how far it is, but we climbed for 1 hr. and 50 min. to reach our destination, with many breaks for catching our breath, drinking water or taking off layers. The weather had cleared enough so that the views of the ruins and the town site below were...

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Peru _Ecuador_2013

Nov 2, 2013 - Nov. 1 - Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu

Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Friday November 1, 2013 Written by John and Edited by Lois On Friday we got up, had breakfast, packed and met our guide Max in the reception area at 7:20 AM. From the hotel it was a five minute walk downhill to the train station. Our travel company, Vaya Adventures, had secured tickets with reserved seats on the best side of the train for us. The seats were large and plush and very comfortable. The train ride to Aquas Calientes (Machu Picchu Village) was one hour and 45 minutes. During part of the time Lois had...

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Peru _Ecuador_2013

Nov 2, 2013 - Oct. 31 Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley

Ollantaytambo and Sacred Valley Thursday October 31 Lois writing now: On Thursday our guide Max and driver Marco picked us up at a civilized time, 9 AM, and we were with them until about 3. First stop: the Inca ruins about two blocks from the hotel. It was pretty amazing to see the perfectly carved stonework, all fit together without any gaps, unless they planned for seismic events. There was also a giant face carved into the mountain across the valley, like Mt. Rushmore - only a lot bigger. Many of these formations had been covered over...

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Peru _Ecuador_2013

Sep 29, 2013 - Power outages, strikes and fires

Here I am thinking that nothing happens here in Urubamba. Let’s start with Monday. I had a lovely day off work. I went walkies around the outskirts of Urubamba again with the sole purpose of taking photos. It was a lovely day. I could relax because I gave my Monday classes to another teacher who was desperate to earn some extra money as his hours had been cut down. All good. So, on Tuesday I caught a collectivo for Cusco as usual. Two of my students from the Urubamba hotel were on it. I asked them how their lessons went. No lesson… because...

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Sep 8, 2013 - Clean country living

I spent the weekend at Lynda’s place, outside of a town (I use that term loosely) called Phiri. On Friday, a few of us went to lunch in Ollantaytambo and then I headed back to Lynda’s place which is only about 15 minutes from Ollantay (short of Ollantaytabo) but may was well be a world away. While Ollantaytambo is now a mega-tourist town with many restaurants and some fabulous ruins, Phiri just has a handful of shops and 3 or 4 eateries lining the roadside. The eateries cater for locals and not tourists. The place Lynda is looking after is...

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