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Panoramic Peru

Peru is a land where the sacred elements of earth, sky, water and fire all come together in a meeting of cosmic proportions. Above all else, it is a country of geographical extremes that is experienced richly as one travels through the diverse regions.

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drinkin  altitude tea
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Harold Greig
A beautiful sunrise lit up the west coast of Florida as we flew into Atlanta, but the flight was late. We realized that we only had just over an hour to make it through customs, rechecking of our …
Miraflores market
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Harold Greig
The usual cacophony of bells was ringing throughout the city of Cusco, and as usual, celebrations were happening everywhere, as exploding fireworks awoke us a 6am. We went downstairs to enjoy our …
Miraflores volcanoes
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Harold Greig
We awoke this morning with some sadness because we realized that it was our last tour day, but we were happy to be spending it in the magical city of Cusco. Jon and Barbara had wanted to go rafting, …
Peruvian landscape
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Harold Greig
We got up early and had a nice breakfast at the hotel and then arranged for our luggage to be stored. All of the hotels had been very good about keeping our luggage for us well beyond the check out …
Miraflores Plaza de Armas
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Harold Greig
We got up early and took a tour of “Old Ollantaytambo” this morning. As we walked the ancient cobblestone streets, we spotted the “Andean giant hummingbird” flitting through …
Nasca runway
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Harold Greig
We enjoyed a very good continental breakfast complete with scrambled eggs and “real” coffee. The way they serve it is in thick espresso syrup, to which you have to add hot water in order …
Nasca astronaut
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Harold Greig
The "Inka Express,” provided bus service and limited touring between Puno and Cusco for this part of our Peruvian adventure. Our first stop was Pucara where we toured a small museum …
Chauchulla mummy
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Harold Greig
Karen woke up this morning 95% normal, and raring to get back into action. After a hearty breakfast, we took a tour to the Uris Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca. It was a great outing. The sunny …
Ballestas seal
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Harold Greig
Karen definitely encountered the full Peruvian experience with her "Soroche", altitude sickness. On Saturday she was still in bed with nausea, diarrhea, headache and fever. What a bummer! …
Ballestas arch
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Harold Greig
Karen was ill with altitude sickness this morning when we packed and left our room. She managed to struggle to the lodge, but was unable to even think about breakfast. However, she was able to make …
Ballestas Islands
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Harold Greig
We ate breakfast at 6am, and then left to tour the canyon. We noticed that all the other tour busses were going one way, and we were going in the opposite direction. That had been the case this …
candleabro near Pisco
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Harold Greig
We were sleeping soundly when we were shaken awake in our Hotel Meliana room by an earthquake at 4:40am. We mentioned it to our waiters as we were enjoying the usual excellent continental breakfast …
Pisco harbor scene
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Harold Greig
After registering at the Hotel Meliana, we dropped our laundry off at the Fairy Laundry and began our tour of Arequipa. First we traveled to the very large local market in the center of the town. …
Pisco pelican
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Harold Greig
Terror in the Nasca Skies! We all could not fit into one airplane, so one of our fellow travelers graciously consented to wait for a second aircraft so that Karen and I could ride together. Alas …
Pisco pipe band
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Harold Greig
After awakening and getting our showers, we moved downstairs, where we dined on the typical and ample continental breakfast that was provided free in every hotel we stayed at. The typical breakfast …
Pisco city hall
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Harold Greig
We were too excited to sleep much past 6:00am, so we got up, showered and went downstairs to the hotel restaurant. There, we ate our first continental breakfast at the Carmel Hotel in Miraflores, …
Pisco harbor
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Harold Greig
After a grueling set of flights that included four and a half hour from Portland to Atlanta, and a very long six and a half hour flight down the west coast of South America, we arrived at Lima, …

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