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Machu Picchu By Train 2011

July 2011 Trip to Peru: A fabulous Machu Picchu adventure and top shelf culinary tastebud explosion.

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Machu Picchu
Author
Ann Umlauf
In all honesty, I was completely put-off by the idea of traveling via tour operator, especially during peak season. As an experienced traveler who has backpacked several continents as well as lived …
Vista Dome To Machu Picchu
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Ann Umlauf
At 9:15am, our lungs thanked us as we landed in Lima, back at sea level. We caught a cab into the city, walked around the shops for an hour and then excitedly marched over to Gaston Acurio's flagship …
Machu Picchu Celebrations
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Ann Umlauf
The next morning after, you guessed it, another astonishing buffet breakfast, we spent our time walking around the streets of Aguas Calientes, purchasing souvenirs. In the early afternoon we traveled …
Performers, Machu Picchu Celebrations
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Ann Umlauf
We awoke to crystal clear skies and fresh mountain air, our breath visible as we walked to the train station. There was an obvious bounce in our step - we were headed to Machu Picchu!!! The blue sky …
Cusco, Peru: Market - Cheese
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Ann Umlauf
The following day our guide and driver picked us up and we drove to Pisac, another historical Incan site 1 hour from Cusco that lies at the southern entrance to the Sacred Valley. On the way we …
Armed Guard @ Machu Picchu
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Ann Umlauf
After filling up at another exceptional breakfast buffet (a common theme in Peruvian hotels that I give two thumbs up), Marco picked us up at 8am with a hired driver and took us to Saqsaywaman …
Machu Picchu Celebrations
Author
Ann Umlauf
After ravaging a grand breakfast buffet in our hotel, we headed back across the street to board our flight to Cusco. Cusco is steeped with incredible amounts of intact heritage, and sitting at 11,500 …
Woman at Machu Picchu
Author
Ann Umlauf
About a year ago, I stumbled across an article citing Peru as the up and coming culinary epicenter of South America. In an instant, the destination for our next international trip had been decided. …

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