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Oct 15, 2017 - Lima to the Sacred Valley

Arriving in Lima at 5:30 in the morning, we went through immigration, collected our luggage and re-entered the airport for our flight to Cusco which was supposed to board at 8:35 a.m. But here's where our luck ran out as we discovered that our flight (along with many others) was delayed due to bad weather in Cusco. The domestic terminal in Lima is not very large so there wasn't much to occupy our time as we waited and waited. Finally boarding began around 10 am. (And we almost missed it due to sitting some distance from our boarding...

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Peru - October 2017

Sep 14, 2015 - Out of the city; into the mountains

Monday. Another early rise (5:45am) to have breakfast before our ride to the airport picked us up at 6:45am. We found out that Lelita was not riding with us so we said good-bye and hope our paths cross again. Rush hour had not yet started when we left the hotel so we made pretty good time, arriving at the airport around 7:30am. It was a zoo inside; planes leave for Cuzco every half hour or so. We were plenty early to catch our 9:55 plane. We wasted some time taking a virtual picture with a llama at a kiosk...it gets emailed to you and I...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Bikes and horses in the Sacred Valley

On Wednesday we got home in time for Felix and Tash to feed the baby alpacas - very cute, but very greedy!! this evening we decided to eat somewhere other than the hotel - and after our pisco tasting at the bar we headed into town to Paca Paca. I wouldn't exactly say that it was authentic Peruvian, but it was a nice change and everyone apart from me had a pizza. Funniest moment of the holiday so far was the crazy dog at the restaurant. Can't remember what breed the woman told us it was, but it was bald other than its head and completely...

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Aug 13, 2015 - The Sacred Valley of the Incas

It really was quite cold when we arrived in Cusco and it took a while for us to thaw out on the bus as we made our way through Cusco and out into the countryside heading for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our hotel, the Belmond Rio Sagrado, is absolutely amazing, as George said it would be and out Villa is like a home from home - three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study, dressing room, kitchen and lounge. Underfloor heating in all the rooms - absolute bliss, especially as my feet were still quite cold. We took a while to unpack and being...

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May 1, 2015 - Scared Valley at Urubamba, Peru

Today we left Cusco for a bus ride to Urubamba a town on the way to Machu Picchu. It is a pretty, small Plaza town. This the the warmest place we have been so far because of the lower elevation (about 9000 feet). This area was important to the Incas for corn and other agriculture and the used the ruins for storage because up higher on the mountains it was cooler and dryer. On the way we stopped at a very small community outside Cusco and were served a native lunch, in a family home. An avocado salad with cheese, Quinoa and vegetable soup,...

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Nov 17, 2013 - The last hoorah(s)

Wow. It’s the last week of living here in Urubamba. How did the time pass so quickly? I’ve been packing and sending a few things home so that I don’t have to lug them around with me for my month of travelling. There’s still a bit to do. I’ve also been celebrating with various people. As Annie is leaving on Monday and I’m leaving on Friday, we did a joint ‘leaving do’ on Friday – basically just went out for drinks with friends. Then on Saturday, Maggie, Annie and I went into Cusco for another awesome salsa night. Got to dance with the great...

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Nov 10, 2013 - Anniversary weekend

This weekend marked Urubamba’s 174th anniversary and the town sure did know how to put on a party. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there were parades around the plaza, food stalls, music and lots and lots of people. At night it was the same except bands replaced the parades and the crowd spent the night dancing in the streets. People came from villages all around the Sacred Valley to participate, so it was very colourful with the native dress of each village being different. On Friday night after pizza, we took a walk to see the plaza… lots...

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Nov 3, 2013 - Every cloud has a silver lining

The planned hike to Choquequerao got cancelled. It was considered too dangerous for the shortcut route that we were going to take (landslides) and the guide said we’d need to do the longer 4-day version. But, unfortunately, one of the people who was meant to go with us couldn’t get the extra day off, and for just three of us to do it, it would be too expensive. Oh well… We’ll see if it can be arranged in the next 3 weeks. If not, I don’t get to go this time around. I was very disappointed to get that news but then I realised that having...

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Oct 27, 2013 - Fun weekend

It was a weekend of fun and frivolity, starting with Friday night pizza (as usual). Some of us then headed off to a bar that is newish in Urubamba. They were playing some great music so we were all up and dancing. A few of the others got pretty hammered, and I suspect there were some very sore heads the next morning. (I didn’t drink very much and so felt fine the next morning). Maggie, the newly arrived neighbour, asked if I’d be interested in a night out in Cusco on Saturday. Yes! So, on Saturday we headed into Cusco, Maggie sporting a...

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Oct 20, 2013 - Going out to Pisac

It was a fairly quiet/normal week this week. Classes all went well, but I got to experience a really big thunderstorm in Cusco on Thursday. My window faces out over the Cathedral and as I was teaching, I got to see the big, dark clouds roll in, watch the sensational lightening show and to feel the rumble of the thunder as it shook all the windows. Apparently the same storm hit Urubamba, knocking out the electricity for a while, but it was back on by the time I got home. The electricity was out again today when I got home from a day out...

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Oct 13, 2013 - Alas... No tall hairy dudes

The highlight of this week was going to another fun salsa night. I danced all night, had a ball, but alas, it was only with unattractive short guys… no tall hairy dudes this time. Oh well. To give you an idea of just how short a Peruvian man can be, one of the photos shows Annie, my neighbour, and Wimmie, the wife of the salsa teacher – and between them, a very short Peruvian. Some of these guys reach all the way up to our shoulders. Very short indeedy. At the end of the night, Annie, Maggie (a new neighbour in my block of apartments) and I...

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Oct 7, 2013 - Mismanay, Sacred Valley

Today, we visited a traditional Peruvian village perched high in the mountains. We had some trepidation as to how the day would go, as it was not something we would normally do. The village is supported by our travel company, Condor, who have assisted the community with providing Inca trail guide jobs to the men, and helping the village to prepare for visitors. We were warmly welcomed by the village people, with drums, flute and singing. After introductions, we joined them in a welcome dance. We participated in a ceremony to bless the...

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