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Machu Picchu Travels

We decided to contact Adventure Life for a tour of Machu Picchu at the suggestion of some good friends. This fabulous tour was our only ''guided'' tour in a 5 week, 4 country adventure through South America. This decision was perfect because we ended up learning so much more about the ruins, the culture and the country, than if we had walked in the front gates on our own. Read on. . .

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View from the upper trail at Machu Picchu
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Teresa Van Haalen
We had more opportunities to explore Cusco for a couple more nights and enjoy the ceviche, quinoa and local cuisine. An excellent museum has just opened that has an incredible display of huacos …
cook up the different yarn dye
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Teresa Van Haalen
We left Aguas Calientes, the little town at the foot of Machu Picchu, on PeruRail, retracing our path along the Urubamba River back to Cusco. While it wasn't sunny, the weather was dry and warm. We …
Peruvian traditional weavers
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Teresa Van Haalen
We left Ollantaytambo this morning, where we had spent the night last night after our van carried us there (about 2 hours out of Cusco). We had a quaint little room with wood beam ceiling posts, and …
Cuzco Market
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Teresa Van Haalen
Talk about a perfect day! Here we are, smack dab between the Peruvian cloud forest and the rain forest (think Amazon) up in the Sacred Valley in their summer, i.e., rainy season, and every day has …
Quetchua boy with his llama
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Teresa Van Haalen
We've finally got our mountain legs and woke up yesterday to take a hike around the periphery of Cusco with our guide, Teddy Romero Mendoza. (I asked him what his given name was, and he said, …
Saqsaywaman Ruins outside Cusco
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Teresa Van Haalen
We enjoyed a brief orientation at our Cusco hotel with our guide, Teddy. We'd had a long journey from Quito to Lima, and we were thankful for the mate tea, the opportunity to unwind, and to rest for …

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