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An Inca Adventure

My family's rousing jaunt through the Peruvian Andes on the trail of the Inca

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Pisac caught in the waning light
Author
Madeline Jones
We woke up a little later on our last day and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast. Everyone repacked their bags and chose the outfit they would be wearing for the next 36 hours. Teddy met us at the hotel …
A civilzied lunch picnic
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Madeline Jones
We were up at six today to try to beat the crowds to Machu Picchu. This is a futile task as thousands of people flock to Aguas Calientes early every morning to see the site but we were hoping to …
Extraterrestrial terrain of the Maras salt mines
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Madeline Jones
It was cold when I woke up! There was frost on the ground and I had trouble convincing myself to get out of my sleeping bag. In the end the lure of Machu Picchu was too strong and I emerged from my …
Moray crop circles
Author
Madeline Jones
Daniel was a bit late to breakfast but he was up and walking and, despite being a little quieter than usual, seemed quite normal. We started our day hiking up towards the second pass. On the way up …
Mmmmm.  Cattle mouths.
Author
Madeline Jones
Unfortunately, the day did not end when I closed my eyes. It was cold and I wasn't used to sleeping on the ground and it took me a very long time to fall asleep. I'm not sure if I even did because …
Sacsayhuaman, the head of the puma
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Madeline Jones
I think we all woke up excited. My parents also woke up to a ruin right out their window. Tucked up onto the hillside directly in front of their bed was the Ollantaytambo ruin, terraces resplendent …
 Baby alpaca with a special treat for Teddy
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Madeline Jones
Today we ventured beyond our protective bubble and partook of the sweeter, harder to reach fruits surrounding Cusco. First stop was a small town, Chinchero, where we were taken to observe a weaving …
Qenco with an altar lurking beneath the rocks
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Madeline Jones
The highlight of breakfast were thin, shriveled, bright pink sausages (I think) that no one was brave enough to try. They were accompanied by the same spread as the day before, although a few new …
Mom and Dad as prime targets for eager peddlers
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Madeline Jones
Our alarms went off at 6 and we grudgingly convened downstairs for breakfast. It was a very European spread with bread, meats, cheeses, fruit, some scrambled eggs and vaguely familiar looking …
Plaza de las armas, Cusco
Author
Madeline Jones
With the exception of my brother, it was the first time for any of us in South America and I must admit it was a little anti-climactic. Our plane touched down at 10:40 and we wearily stumbled off …

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