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Our Adventures in Peru - 2012

During the summer of 2011, we began planning for our trip to Peru. The Adventure Life travel agency of Missoula, Montana, specializing in Central and South American travels, was selected as we endorsed their philosophy of utilizing local lodging, transportation and guides, maintaining small groups, and being ecologically responsible. Our tour guide for the first 10 days from Lima to Puno was Carlos Lazo, while our guide for the last 5 days in the Cusco region was Teddy Romero. A mother and her 17-year-old son (Sarah and Christopher) were the 2 other members of our group. Peru is in the Eastern Time Zone but does not observe daylight saving time. Sunrise occurred at approximately 6:20 am and sunset near 5:50 pm. Peru is located in a temperate zone and has two climates wet (Dec Mar) and dry. Days were sunny with temperatures between 60-70 degrees. Nights at higher elevations dropped between 30 and 40 degrees.

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Exploring the Paracas National Reserve
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. Following a leisurely breakfast Dick and I started a final walk around Cusco. We stopped in several small shops and made a few small purchases. We walked by Santo Domingo and down the busy Ave …
Fishing boats on the bay
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. The plan for today was a walking tour of the city to be led by Teddy. Starting at 9:30 am, our first stop was Qoricancha and Santa Domingo, which was located about two blocks from our hotel. …
Bird perched upon the rocky cliffs
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. We set our alarm for 4:30 am as Dick and I planned to catch the 5:30 am bus to witness sunrise at Machu Picchu. At the bus station, seven buses were lined up to begin ferrying tourist to the …
A gathering of birds
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. Following breakfast and storing our luggage in the hotel, we took a short taxi ride to the train station for the 1.5-hour ride to Aguas Caliente. The PeruRail train, which was very clean and …
Relaxing on the rocks
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. Exploring the Sacred Valley was the plan for the day. Departing from the hotel in Cusco at 8 am, we again rode in a comfortable 11-seat Mercedes van. It was soon evident that tour guide Teddy was …
Bird perched upon the rocky shoreline
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. The plan for today was an 8-hour bus ride to Cusco featuring numerous stops along the way. Adventure Life again handled our transfer from hotel to bus terminal. We departed the hotel at 6:30 for …
Humboldt penguin on Lslas Ballestras
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. With the sun rising over the Bolivian Andes and peering through our window at 6 am, we rose in order to prepare for our departure. Following breakfast of rolls, fried cake and tea, and with many …
Speeding to Islas Ballestras
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. LAKE TITICACA According the local Andean legend, Lake Titicaca was the birthplace of civilization and has long been considered a sacred place among indigenous Andean people who believe powerful …
The Candelabro
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. Under a cloudless blue sky, we departed from the Colca Lodge at 8 am for the drive to Puno. During the first half of the drive we retraced our drive thru Chivay and over the 16,100 Patapampa Pass, …
La Hacienda courtyard
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. The next morning we both felt much better and ate a light breakfast prior to our 6:30 am departure through the Colca Valley to view the Andean condors that typically soar over the canyon walls at 9 …
View from our room in La Hacienda Hotel
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. The plan for today was to drive to the Colca Canyon, 103 miles from Arequipa. The departure scheduled for 8 am was an unusually late start for us. Although the typical driving time was 3-4 hours, …
A closer view of the entrance
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. AREQUIPA Arequipa is located at 7661 feet above sea level and is surrounded by three snow-capped volcanoes all of which hover near 20,000 feet - Chachani, El Misti and Pichu Pichu. Possibly due to …
Stunning building entrance
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. Although we could sleep-in today, Dick and I both rose early to walk around the hotel prior to 10 am scheduled fly over of the Nasca Lines. Again, a delicious breakfast was served with plates and …
One of Lima's beautiful buildings
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. ISLAS BALLESTAS TOUR This small group of rock formations was located in the middle of the Humboldt Current that flows 2,000 miles from Antarctica along the Pacific coastline. The warm shallow …
Overlooking the ocean in Lima
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. Following a 7:30 am breakfast, Dick and I made a quick trip to the ATM and then walked approximately seven blocks to the coast. The streets were very busy with cars and pedestrians. Although we …
San Agustin Hotel in Lima
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. The long-awaited Panoramic Peru trip started with our noon departure flight on United Airlines from Reagan International Airport in Washington DC with a connecting flight in Houston, Texas. …

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