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My Peru Journal

The extraordinary experience of our journey Macchu Picchu on the day of the winter solstice via Lima and Cusco.

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Making bricks in the sun
Author
Beth Sullebarger
This continued in the van back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco and the next day on the plane to Lima. I could not fully explain why. Perhaps it was the sublime scenery encountered during the trip, the …
Ruins of Peru
Author
Beth Sullebarger
We didn't quite make the first bus, but as we stood in line we were in awe of a full moon and a glowing Venus shining framed in the sky by the black silhouettes of the mountains. It was one of the …
The legendary Machu Picchu
Author
Beth Sullebarger
The next day we climbed the Inca terraces beginning with the Temple of the Sun, composed of 4 or 5 smooth vertical slabs of stone, and speculated about how they were raised to such a height. We …
Sacred Valley
Author
Beth Sullebarger
We departed in a van for the Sacred Valley. Our first stop was the Inca ruins at Pisac, set high on a hill with terraces stepping down with an impressive fountain, a cemetery in the hillside, now …
Peruvian plants
Author
Beth Sullebarger
Edwin picked us up at the hotel at 8 am. We walked through the plaza and then through the Plaza de San Francisco on our way to the public market. I bought a few items perfume, a handbag, a tiny …
Window at Machu Picchu
Author
Beth Sullebarger
The flight was only an hour, but the landscape changed dramatically from the foggy seaside city of Lima to the clear mountain air of Cusco. The city spreads in the valley inhabited by about 300,000 …
Local children
Author
Beth Sullebarger
We arrived in Lima at 11 pm. We were met by Boris, a young surfer with shaggy blond hair who whisked us to our hotel in his Subaru wagon. Our first glimpse of Peru around the airport was grim and …

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