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My Peru Adventure

White water rafting, mountain biking, hiking, zip-lining, kayaking oh my! What had I gotten myself into???

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And the zip-lining begins...
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Vicki Vandruff
My flight arrived back in Los Angeles at 7:00 this morning. Already I’m thinking about where and when I’ll go next….
The downhill side of the ultimate workout
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Vicki Vandruff
Today started the long journey home…the one-hour van ride to Juliaca; to the almost three-hour flight from Juliaca to Lima; to a five-hour layover in the Lima airport, before my eight-hour …
day one of the hike
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Vicki Vandruff
As I lay in bed last night, I could see the full moon through my window as it shone across the lake…what a beautiful site it was. With one group member ill and me nursing a twisted ankle, we …
The drying of coffee beans.
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Vicki Vandruff
In order to stay warm last night, I slept fully dressed in several layers of t-shirts and sweaters, gloves, scarf and hat! This morning the sun was out and it was a bit warmer as we prepared to make …
Getting ready for the ride
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Vicki Vandruff
We boarded a boat that would take us across Lake Titicaca to our first home stay on Llachon; en route we stopped at Uros, the floating islands. The “mayor” showed us how the islands are …
roadside view of a glacier
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Vicki Vandruff
We took a bus from Cusco to Puno, which took most of the day. We made several stops along the way to see ruins, a museum and have lunch, before arriving in Puno late in the afternoon.
Partying in Ollantaytambo
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Vicki Vandruff
Finally, I had a free day to relax and enjoy the culture and the people. I wandered the streets of Cusco and spent countless hours in the Plaza de Armas watching and talking with people; I …
Real life in Ollantaytambo
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Vicki Vandruff
It rained during the night and I awoke to find the clouds and fog extremely heavy…so much for sunset over Machu Picchu. But this was our only day, so we left early to get in line for tickets …
Looking out over Ollantaytambo
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Vicki Vandruff
Last night we made the decision to alter our hike for today to include zip-lining. So rather, than hiking out of the campground, we grabbed a van and headed out. We walked about 20 minutes before …
We almost lost one...
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Vicki Vandruff
It was another early morning as we prepared for our first day of hiking…roughly five hours; on the upside we will get to enjoy the mineral pools at our camping spot. The hike was mostly …
Getting wet and wild
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Vicki Vandruff
I awoke this morning to the sounds of Mariachi music as the party continued on. We headed out at 5:00 AM for Day 2 of the adventure – mountain biking. We drove a couple of hours, passing …
A weaver at the textile center in Cusco
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Vicki Vandruff
Today the adventure begins! We boarded our shuttle van and headed for the Urubamba Valley, or the Sacred Valley as it’s now more commonly known. Upon arrival at our river embarkation point we …
Convento de Santo Domingo del Cusco
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Vicki Vandruff
I arrived in Lima shortly after midnight where I had a reservation at the very nearby Ramada for a few hours of sleep. After a short walk across the parking lot, I arrived to find a very friendly …
Me and the boys...my group
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Vicki Vandruff
Machu Picchu, the haunting ruins of Peru, has been calling me for more than 10 years. I first saw this magical place on a travel show and was instantly drawn to it. But this trip is much more than …

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