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Craig and Steph's First Adventure Life Trip: Peru

This was our first real international trip, and it changed our lives. We explored the Southern coastal region, Lake Titicaca, and the Cusco area, and made life-long friends with guides Carlos and Vidal. Text and photos from www.craigandstephsvacations.com

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Stephanie & Craig Smith
The phone rang at midnight, and we were confused as to whether or not it was our wake up call. After several minutes of frantic watch-checking, we determined it was a wrong number, and went back to …
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Stephanie & Craig Smith
We woke up at 5, ate our continental breakfast, and were picked up for the airport by Carlos and Humberto. At the airport there were porters standing in front of each parking spot. As a car pulled …
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Stephanie & Craig Smith
We woke up at 7:15 to the sound of a bell tolling for several minutes.This was followed by fireworks, which we were told are often set off by churches in the morning hours. We had breakfast at 8:30 …
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At 2 a.m., Craig woke me up and asked if it was really hot in the room. I replied that it wasn't, and he instantly knew he was going to be sick. He ran into the bathroom and vomited. He came back to …
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We heard the band sporadically throughout the night, as they marched and passed under our window. It got so loud at points that we just started laughing. Craig heard the last drummer going home …
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We got up at 5:30 and finished consolidating our luggage. We then showered and headed downstairs for breakfast. Vidal met us in the lobbby at 7:15. We left our extra bags in storage at the hotel. We …
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Stephanie & Craig Smith
We woke up at 6:30 and met Vidal in the dining room at 7 for our continental breakfast (ham, cheese, tea, juice, and bread). Then Vidal took us for a 15 minute walk around Puno. This was Monday …
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Stephanie & Craig Smith
Valeria knocked at our door at 6:50. While we were getting ready she brought breakfast to the room: potatoes, hard boiled egg, bread, and muna tea. We went downstairs and said goodbye to Elias. We …
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We woke up at 6:45 and ate a continental breakfast in the dining room (bread, ham, cheese, juice, coca tea, and crackers). Still no word on Vidal. At 8:15 a woman from Edgar Adventures showed up to …
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We woke up around 6:00 (prior to our alarm). We got our things together to prepare for our flight to Puno this afternoon. At 8:15 we went to the dining room for continental breakfast, which was …
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Stephanie & Craig Smith
We woke up at 5:30 and met Carlos and Señor Andreas for breakfast. It was Craig's birthday, so Carlos, Señor Andreas, and the waiter sang "Felices cumpleanos" to him and each …
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Stephanie & Craig Smith
We got up at 6 and had a continental breakfast delivered to our room at 7:30 (bread, jelly, papaya juice, and mate de coca). Carlos and Señor Andreas picked us up at 8:00. The strikes were …
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Stephanie & Craig Smith
I woke up around 2 a.m., and we were going around some very curvy cliffs, with a sheer rock wall on one side of the road and vast nothingness on the other. Craig said that at 1:57 we had gone off the …
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We woke up at 7 and met Carlos for breakfast at 8. We took some motion sickness medication as we planned to do a small plane ride first thing in the morning. It was cloudy but that soon burned off. …
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Carlos' words about parties echoed through my head as the thumping of amplified live music reverberated through our room and bed. I looked at my watch. 2:10 a.m.. Carlos wasn't kidding! Between that …
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We woke up around 6:30 and had a liesurely morning with hot showers with good water pressure. The weather was around 70 and sunny but with high humidity. We turned on the Discovery Travel Channel and …
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Craig and I have known about Peru for as long as we can remember. I recall doing a book report on Machu Picchu in 4th grade. The pictures just captivated my imagination. So we decided to investigate …

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