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Adventures in Peru

An amazing journey through Peru with two old friends, two new friends, and a jaguar!

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Scarlet macaw
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Andrea Edwards
Almost home. As I look at all the fresh people on my flight, the ones who showered this morning and look and smell better than me, I comfort myself with the secret knowledge that 48 hours ago they …
Lee with one of the chicos at TRC.  Really great TRC lets you get so up close and personal with these macaws.
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Andrea Edwards
Today is the longest and saddest day of the trip. Cusco to Lima to Miami to Dallas to Seattle for one of us, Cusco to Lima to Miami to Chicago to Little Rock for the other. To add insult to injury, …
Night walk at TRC.  You cant believe how many things your guides can find in the dark!
Author
Andrea Edwards
We're up at 5 a.m. to pack and catch the first bus back to Machu Picchu. This morning we're hiking up to Intipunku, the Sun Gate. It's Mother's Day and I can't help but think of my own mother as we …
Tree frog...we saw lots of these on our night walks at TRC.
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Andrea Edwards
Today is the day! We're on our way to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu for gosh sakes! After breakfast we take the train from Ollyantaytambo to Aquas Calientes. The train ride itself is beautiful. No …
Antonio (with another eye roll!), Andrea, and Lee at the clay lick.  Was getting up at 4:30 a.m. to see this worth it?  Absolutely!
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Andrea Edwards
Our journey today takes us through the Sacred Valley. As we head out of Cusco, Santiago plays the Beatles' The Long and Winding Road, and it's just perfect. First stop: a llama farm. We feed the …
The clay lick near TRC.  Incredible to see so many parrots and macaws in one place!
Author
Andrea Edwards
Santiago picks us up bright and early. We head to the market where basically we're allowed to look but not touch and under no circumstances are we allowed to eat anything. Especially me since the …
One of the blue dacnis we saw from the canopy tower.  Gorgeous little bird!
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Andrea Edwards
After our last night in the jungle, we take the canoe to Puerto Maldonado, the bus back to Rainforest Expeditions, and then we're off to the airport for an easy, quick flight to Cusco. We step …
Ivan and Lee at the top of the canopy tower at Refugio.
Author
Andrea Edwards
One last morning walk at TRC. The jaguars had come to say goodbye, but they were stealthy about it and we see only their tracks. A huge anaconda had also come to say goodbye and thankfully left only …
This is roughing it?  I dont think so!  The lodge at Refugio Amazonas is increddible.
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Andrea Edwards
We awaken to the sound of the howler monkeys. One of the chicos, Inocencio I think, visits our room looking for handouts. It's pretty great that TRC has these two scarlet macaws for such an up close …
And so it begins!  On the canoe, heading upriver to our first stop, Refugio Amazonas.
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Andrea Edwards
Ivan knocks on the door at 4:30 a.m. as promised. We stumble around in the dark, trying to find what we need with just our headlamps for light. Note to self: next trip to the jungle, lay out clothes …
Ivan and Antonio lead the way.  These incredible guides make a great trip even better.
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Andrea Edwards
It rains most of the night and we're grateful for the openness of the rooms so we can hear all the jungle sounds. And the rain has made everything fresh and green and glistening. After breakfast we …
The super hero porters taking our bags to the river to head into Tambopata.
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Andrea Edwards
Early morning flight to Puerto Maldonado where we'll start our journey into the Tambopata National Reserve. The folks from Rainforest Expeditions meet us at the Puerto Maldonado airport and take us …
Pink-toed tarantula, part of the welcoming committee at Rainforest Expeditions.
Author
Andrea Edwards
Our one day in Lima we strike out through Miraflores. A friend told us about Astrid & Gaston, one of Gaston Acurio's restaurants. Gaston is Peru's hotshot celebrity chef--their version of Emeril I …
Ceviche at Astrid & Gaston's.  To die for!
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Andrea Edwards
Two good friends off on another adventure--this time to Peru! It's hard to believe that after weeks of planning, it's finally here. Props to Laura and Kassi at Adventure Life who made this trip …

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