The lighthouse at Miraflores
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thomas maher
We woke the next morning after a much needed night's sleep to begin our boat trip to the Uros Floating Islands. Boarding a craft that was obscenely large and well equipped for our small crew of …
View down on the Pacific
Author
thomas maher
The night before in Aguas Calientes, we had drunken heartily to both celebrate and mourn the loss of our friend Juan who had to return to Cusco to monitor the upcoming elections. It was a moment we …
Sailing high in the skies above Lima
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thomas maher
I liken the train ride to Machu Picchu with one of my favorite children's books The Polar Express wherein a small select group of children are hustled out of their homes late in the night by an old …
Me esposa paragliding over Lima
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thomas maher
Our morning began with a daring hike whose decent would cover 5,000 feet along a narrow footpath. Looking down upon the village of Lamay my legs began to tremble and shake while my mind swam in …
Sandy lounging at Lovers Park in Miraflores
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thomas maher
The next morning at Tauca village we were awoken to a cacophony of donkeys braying, pack horses whinnying and calling out to one another, and a lazy rooster waking well beyond sunrise. A hearty …
Catacombs under the church
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thomas maher
A good night's rest in a beautiful little hotel that overlooked the ruins was just the respite that we needed. After waking early to avoid being caught by the striking villages that would soon block …
Church de San Francisco, Lima
Author
thomas maher
Spectacular isn't a big enough word to describe rafting down the Urubamba River. Braced on all sides by the dry and dusty peaks of the Andes and lined by the ancient walls and fortresses of the …
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Cynthia N. Barnes
See full journal, with pictures, at: http://atomsmith.net/gallery/Peru/index.html
New Amigos from Santimos des Jesus, well miss these kids.
Author
thomas maher
Lima is a beautiful and vibrant city but escaping the crowds for the highlands of Cuzco was a change we were very much looking forward to. Upon arriving at the small airport which sat nestled …
Our Inca Trail hike day
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Amy Bergrud
We wake up early in the morning for our flight back to the States....and again we much appreciated the hotel that was 50 feet from the airport and that serves the breakfast buffet starting at 3.30am!
Tom outside of Cathedral de Santo Domingo
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thomas maher
Normally, an airline losing two extra grande cameo duffel bags after a lengthy stop in only one city, would likely send me over the edge of any semblance of human composure. But my surprising …
Mud clay bricks for home construction
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Amy Bergrud
We took an early morning flight from Cusco to Lima and dropped off our luggage at the Costa del Sol hotel. Our guide met us at the hotel at 10am for our day of exploring Lima - the culture and the …
Distant view of the towers
Author
Elizabeth Conway
Patagonia Hike in Torres del Paine -- Hello Gorgeous! The remoteness of Patagonia' Torres del Paine allows the park to continue to boast its incredible pristine environment and natural beauty. …
Political signs everywhere - this house is divided!
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Amy Bergrud
This day was such a treat for me (Amy) - I love cooking and have always wanted to take a cooking class! Well, this was everything I could have ever asked for and more. The day started out by Marco …
Veronica Glacier - view from Bike Ride
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Amy Bergrud
I was amazed at how incredible Machu Picchu is in person. I'd seen pictures of it and always thought they were incredible, but in person - WOW! We took the early morning bus at 6.30am and arrived …
Peruvian home in the mountains - on the bike ride
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Amy Bergrud
Today we modified the original plan for the day....in the morning we decided to try the zipline in Santa Teresa. It's called Cola de Mono (or Monkey's Tail). There are 6 lines and some of the …
View from Bike Riding the Malaga Pass
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Amy Bergrud
Today was the big day of hiking on the Inca Trail. We put on lots of bug spray and sunscreen and made sure our water bottles were full and started out on the hike. It was sure steep - Marco said we …
Guinea Pigs (Cuy in Spanish) - not pets - they are dinner!
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Amy Bergrud
Today's adventure started at approximately 14,500 feet at the Malaga Pass. We jumped on mountain bikes, zipped up our jackets (it was chilly up there) and started on our way down this big mountain. …
Typical Peruvian Home - at Ollantaytambo
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Amy Bergrud
We decided to pass on the first morning's activities which included whitewater rafting and opted to sleep in a bit so that I could re-gain my strength. Around noon, we headed off to the Sacred …
Temple of the Sun at Ollantaytambo
Author
Amy Bergrud
We took the 7am flight from Lima to Cusco on TACA airlines. This morning got to a bit of a rough start for me (Amy), as I had some issues with altitude sickness when I arrived in Cusco. I decided …
Cuy (guinea pigs) spotted in back of restaurant
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Lisa hagan
Our final day... It was hard to believe that we had only been gone a few days. It seemed we were gone for months. My mom and I return to Machu Picchu in the morning. We wandered around, losing …
View of Ollantaytambo from the Temple of the Sun
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Amy Bergrud
The planning for this trip actually took place months earlier when my boyfriend, Michael, and I were trying to decide where to take our first big trip together. We'd both traveled a bunch …
Ok, they charged 2 soles, but the lamb was so cute!
Author
Lisa hagan
Teddy had asked us what time we wanted to leave for Machu Picchu. I guess we were the only group that didn’t want to arrive at Machu Picchu at sunrise. The porters woke us around 7. We left …
me and my mom, plaza de armas
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Lisa hagan
Once again, we woke with our porters, Jaime and Fortunada, “knocking” on our tent and offering steaming hot coffee/tea. Breakfast consisted of delicious cheese and veggie omelets and …