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Allison's Adventures in the Andes of Peru

I trekked on the Inca Trail, explored the cobbled streets of Cusco, and visited the islands of Lake Titicaca during my Peru adventure . . . and completely fell in love with the landscape, the people, and the culture.

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Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
It is my last day in Peru--is it possible? Yet the time did not seem to pass overly quickly. Each moment was full, complete, beautiful. I feel the fullness of the experience, mulling it over as I eat …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
I spend my unscheduled Sunday morning eating another good breakfast at the Q'elqatani, and then I head to the Plaza de Armas with my journal and camera. The plaza slowly fills with people; I am told …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
This morning, after a simple breakfast, I bid a fond farewell to my host family, and hike back down the hill to meet up with the rest of the group. We climb back on the little boat for the trip to …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
This morning I eat a fantastic breakfast--the Q'elqatani cooks eggs to order!--and then get picked up, along with several other travelers from various hotels in the city, to be transferred to the …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
I'm up early to eat breakfast this morning, and Bill has gotten up to eat with me. I am sad to leave this group of people, who have also become good friends in such a short time. I will miss …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
Today is a free day, but we still have Marco's guide service, so we visit a few more places in this beautiful city. We go the Qorikancha--an ancient Incan temple that was ransacked by the …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
We have decided to sleep in a little this morning--that is, we're not going to get up for the 6 AM bus up to the ruins. The 8 AM bus will do just as well. The round trip shuttle fare is 40 soles …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
I wake earlier than usual this morning, and Marco, Bill, and Brenda V. and I hike up above our campsite to a high hill to watch the sun rise. The mountains spread out all around us, snow-capped …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
Today we have two more passes to cross, but compared to Dead Woman's Pass they seem minor bumps indeed. I continue to be awed by the beauty of this country, as well as its spiritual richness. The …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
These days are so good. I sleep well, to the sound of gentle rain on the tent, and I wake up to roosters crowing at 5. At 6, two porters stop by my tent with a tray bearing tea bags, Nescafe, hot …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
Inca Trail, Day 1! I wake early, before 6, and slip out to explore Ollantaytambo in the quiet of the morning. I find the central plaza, see the men in their colorful garb--orange-red shawls and …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
Today we are off to the Sacred Valley. We have been given Adventure Life duffel bags, which we pack with the clothing, sleeping bags, etc., we'll be using for the next few days on the Inca Trail. …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
After a good breakfast--toast, cereal, fruit, eggs, bacon, and pineapple juice--Marco picks us up to take us to Sacsayhuaman. We pile into a large van and wind our way up one of Cusco's many hills. …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
I eat a good breakfast this morning--toast and eggs and fruit and papaya juice--before Boris arrives. The streets that were deserted last night are now busy with morning traffic. I know that not …
Gallavanting around Peru
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Allison De Jong
A long day of travel awaits. I'm on the 6 am flight from Missoula to Denver . . . then Denver to Houston . . . and finally, Houston to Lima. I watch the sky darken from the window of the plane, and …

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