Ollantaytambo ruins with our guide Vidal
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Chris Stanford
After a morning strolling around Puno watching all the people in the street, its time to begin the long trip home. It takes almost 30 hours from the time I leave Puno until I get back to my house …
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Kristen Kidder
We rise early to meet Juan, who wants to show us as much of Machu Picchu as possible before the crowds descend. I’m excited, but also somewhat apprehensive. In my experience iconic sites …
On the shore
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Claudia Coplan
Fui a las ruinas to Tiwanaku. Muy interesante. Vivieron en el año 600 antes de Jesús Cristo, antes de los Incas. Tuvieron una influencia a otros paises y civilazaciónes. La …
These tracks lead to Machu Picchu
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Kassandra Miller
Ashley and I don't have to leave Puno until the afternoon, so we spend the morning catching up on our sleep. We have a red eye flight home and I hate to fly, so I assume that I won't sleep at all. …
Arid Landscape, Arequipa
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Charles Anderson
The next morning, we had a nice breakfast at the hotel. The dining room was buzzing with what appeared to be a fresh group of tourists anxious to embark on their journeys through Peru. It was …
View from third base camp
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Jeffery Anttila
All I could think about on our long flights back to the U.S. were of my times in Peru. The people, our guide Ayul, our porters, the Canadians had all made an impact on my life in ways I still do not …
Bridge on the Urubamba River
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Chris Stanford
After breakfast with our host family, we met up the rest of the group and re-board the boat for the trip back to Puno. The ride back to Puno is my last chance to enjoy the beauty of Titicaca. I am …
Howler monkey
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Kristen Kidder
One of the (many) benefits we’ve found in traveling with a private guide is the flexibility of changing plans to better accommodate our interests and schedule. Cory and I were supposed to …
Richard, my guide en Chalalan
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Claudia Coplan
Caminé más en Isla del Sol. Es como otro mondo. Vi más mujeres caminando con sus animals y cosas que parecían muy pesadas en sus espaldas. Vi una mujer que …
Beautiful snow capped peaks!
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Kassandra Miller
We have breakfast with our host family on Amantani and meet the group back at the dock to depart the island. We spend several hours motoring back to Puno and have the afternoon free to ourselves. I …
I'm a Sucker for Cute Lambs!  High Plateau, Arequipa
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Charles Anderson
We said goodbye to Cusco and boarded our flight back to Lima. Weather-wise, not much had changed since we left two weeks ago. The sky was still overcast and the temperature was in the …
Morning sunrise at base camp three
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Jeffery Anttila
Already missing the synthetic housing I called home on the trail, I awoke in the comforts of a soft bed and hot shower. The pleasures of modern conveniences were all there, however lacked the …
Rafting the Urubamba River
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Chris Stanford
In the morning, I took a hike around the island before breakfast. We visited the island's small museum to see the pre-Incan mummies that had recently been found on the island and then boarded small …
Cory posing majestically
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Kristen Kidder
The morning of our second camping day begins with a hike where I learn a very important lesson: even though you are wearing pants, you should still put bug spray on your legs. I’ve been …
careful, the current is very fast
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Claudia Coplan
Fui con mi guía, Marco Antonio, a Copacabana y últimamente a Isla del Sol. Estabamos en coche por 3 horas y media, pero a mi me gustó porque ví muchas cosas interesantes …
Urubama River and the Sacred Valley
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Kassandra Miller
We wake up to blue sky again and take a short hike to the other side of the island, where there is a museum. Inside the museum ... mummies! Yes, mummies. While building the dock on Ticonata …
Elevation 15000 Feet  High Plateau, Arequipa
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Charles Anderson
Today was our first and only full day in Cusco. We planned to see some Inca sites in the morning and then explore the city in the afternoon. My son Patrick was still ill with gastroenteritis and …
On top of Dead Woman's Pass, 14,000 feet
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Jeffery Anttila
Although the temperatures dropped to below freezing last night, Kelly and I were bundled away in our sleeping bags, like caterpillars within their cocoons. However, instead of emerging as …
This is how a real man drinks a nina bonita
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Chris Stanford
A very busy day: we start off with a bike taxi ride down to the docks to our boat, then we visit the floating Uros Islands, followed by some kayaking on the lake. The lake is beautiful, of course, …
Dusk on the lake
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Kristen Kidder
One of the reasons Cory and I chose the multi-sport tour was because it includes a little bit of everything. We wanted to relax on our honeymoon, to be sure, but we also wanted to explore, get a …
Rio Beni
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Claudia Coplan
Estaba triste esta mañana porque tuve que salir de Chalalán. Me causó una buena impression de la vida de los indigenos, su pasión y respeto de la naturaleza. …
Our rafting guide
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Kassandra Miller
We're up early to meet our new guide, Alfredo. We travel by rickshaw from our hotel to the docks. What a great way to go! We board our very own boat and motor out to the Uros Islands. The …
Caution...Llama Crossing!  High Plateau, Arequipa
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Charles Anderson
Santiago has visited Machu Picchu many times and knows the best time to arrive. This is before the first train of the day arrives from Ollantaytambo. We boarded our bus and headed up the mountain! …
Porters getting ready to leave for the first day of the hike
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Jeffery Anttila
We slept like newborn babes that night, only to awake to the sweet sound of cocoa tea being poured just outside our tent. “Gosh papa!” A Quechua phrase we heard Ayul say over and over …