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Machu Picchu Pilgrimage+Manu+Lake Titicaca

Our idea for this trip started with seeing Machu Picchu, but soon, trekking the Inca Trail became integrally important to the purpose of the trip. Dave & I are in our late 50’s. We hike, just not real fast. We were extremely pleased at how personalized the entire trip was, especially the trek. We're also not much group tour people, but were expecting crowds at such a great attraction. How much of it we amazingly had to ourselves was beyond my best hopes. All of this was thanks to our wonderful guides & Adventure Life.The entire trip was a fabulous experience.

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Our lunch site at Moray
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Molly Quackenbush
Woke up to Lima's 'garua' grey sky. We walked around the upscale neighborhood, and down to the shore. Even in the fog, the high bluffs along the coast were beautiful scenery. Surfers! Eduardo …
At the Pisac Market
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Molly Quackenbush
We had this morning for some sightseeing, but the Coca Museum was closed for a Peruvian national holiday commemorating a 19th century naval battle with Chile ! (Wasn't on my radar at all.) I did …
at the Wildlife Rescue Ctr
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Molly Quackenbush
Interesting, beautifully scenic day on Lake Titicaca to the islands. The group guide was excellent, energetic. We were the only ones with our own additional guide, Javier, a young man, native of …
Condor at Wildlife Rescue Ctr
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Molly Quackenbush
Thank goodness, Dave is much better today. A day on the bus will not be too taxing. We said 'adios' to the Taypikala, which had served us well. The staff were always friendly and helpful, though …
Tambomachay
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Molly Quackenbush
I had asked that this day be added to our itinerary, so that we could just rest and recharge. It was a good thing ! Unfortunately the same combination of Cipro and altitude now hit Dave, and he was …
Inside Qorikancha, Temple of Sun
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Molly Quackenbush
Best breakfast buffet at El Mapi, great selection. Dave's feeling better, thank goodness, so he could enjoy the day. It was raining so Edwin, took us into one of the huts where we could sit …
Santo Domingo/Qorikancha, Cusco
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Molly Quackenbush
It was a difficult day, but behold MACHU PICCHU! Poor Dave got sick in the night. He felt really bad this morning, but we had no choice but to keep going. Breakfast omelet with bacon!..the first …
"Vanessa" at Manu Wildlife Ctr Garden
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Molly Quackenbush
The night wasn't as cold as expected. Breakfast was pancakes with elderberry jam! The day started out rough. I had read so much about Day 2 being the hardest and that it was supposed to be easier …
Hoatzin bird, Manu
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Molly Quackenbush
I'm writing this on the 2nd, because after the toughest day on the trail, as it's billed, I was too exhausted to write, but WE MADE IT to Dead Woman's Pass! To start the day, we were awakened by …
canopy platform, kapok tree,Manu
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Molly Quackenbush
We were so excited that today's the day we've been preparing for and looking forward to for so long. Every weekend for 6 mos we took a practice hike of at least 5-6 mi. Outside our window and from …
Macaw Lick
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Molly Quackenbush
Finally the first day I wake up feeling good, which greatly impacted my energy and mood. (It was a very good idea to bring the antibiotic from home. I got better that much faster, and it greatly …
Parrots at the Macaw Lick
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Molly Quackenbush
Argh! Woke up sick again, after a very bad night for the digestive system. I decided it was time for the Cipro antibiotic, which we had brought with us. However I took it in the night without …
Cottages & Garden, Manu Wildlife Ctr
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Molly Quackenbush
I awoke feeling weak and nauseous from the altitude, so stayed in bed until noon. Dave said the breakfast buffet was very good, brought some nice plain rolls. After those and lots of liquid, I felt …
Sunset on Madre de Dios
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Molly Quackenbush
Before the alarm, we're awakened by a loud roar, like distant machinery. We soon learn they're the howler monkeys! That was awesome! It's still dark as we head to breakfast. There's a little …
Embarking on the Madre de Dios
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Molly Quackenbush
Breakfast was eggs, sunny side up, toast, delicious fruit juices, and very local, ripened ON THE VINE, bananas! (Unlike the ones back home !) Back on the boat, and then a short hike to the kapok …
San Francisco
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Molly Quackenbush
Back to the river! It's the beginning of daylight. It felt good to get moving on the nice little walk to the macaw lick. We are in a large covered blind along with a group of serious …
Iglesia de la Merced, Lima
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Molly Quackenbush
We departed early in the morning to fly to Puerto Maldonado, the airport/gateway city for the Madre Dios, Manu Rainforest Area. We would be staying at the Manu Wildlife Center. Getting there was …
Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, Lima
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Molly Quackenbush
We walked down the pedestrian street to go to the Plaza de Armas. On the way, we peeked into the Iglesia Merced, which introduced us to the beautiful ornate style of churches the Spanish built. …
At Sun Gate
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Molly Quackenbush
Our very satisfactory COPA flight arrived in Lima very late at night, so instead of having a few hours of sleep to catch a flight in the morning, we took a day to see Lima. This was the only part …

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