Starting off our staff travels for 2010, Adventure Life’s fantastic office manager and gate-keeper, Lynessa Nelson, is readying for a Peru adventure with her husband, Matt. Next week, Lynessa and Matt will hop on a plane from the Missoula airport to Lima, Peru. The first leg of their Peru journey is on the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, where they will spend time with a host-family on Amantani Island. Peru’s floating islands are built using the buoyant totora reeds that grow along Lake Titicaca, and these reeds are interwoven to make homes, boats, and crafts … and islands. Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are next on their agenda. Lynessa and Matt will be taking one of our travelers’ fan favorites — our Machu Picchu by Train trip. Along with a few days exploring world famous Machu Picchu, the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuamán, Pisac and Ollantaytambo are also on their list of must-sees. Finishing their trip with a handful of days in Cusco, Lynessa will have a chance to practice her Spanish and do a little bargaining at the witches’ market.
Lynessa will add Peru to her list of international adventures — a list that also includes Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Scotland, UK, Spain and Canada.
The Nelsons promise me both a fantastic journal and surprising photographs of their journey. Can’t wait!
Oh, and a quick note to Lynessa — On the edge of Cucso’s Plaza de Armas is a frequented Gato Market. A very convenient market for the gringo and a good place to stock up on water or day-snacks or any little item you may have forgotten to include in your suitcase. As a special bonus — right outside the market is a lady who sells fresh, hand-made tamales. I understand she’s been in that same spot for years. The tamales? Fantastic. Forgive me, but I cannot remember her name.
Wishing you safe and happy travels, Lynessa and Matt!