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Machu Picchu and Galapagos
Robin and Jim at MP
Fantastic trip through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, then out the the Galapagos for a once in a lifetime journey.
Arrived Lima late at night. A long day of traveling but all flights on time. We're getting picked up at 0630!
Up bright and early! We arrive in Cusco late morning and are picked up by Teddy our guide. We're staying at the Del Prado Inn, right on the Main Square. We stretch our legs, have lunch on a porch overlooking the square and take a short siesta. Teddy picks us up later and we tour the cathedral, monastery and the old Inca palace grounds. We see a …
We leave Cusco with Teddy and our driver - just Robin and me. What service! Reach an elevation of 12000' while driving. We headed first to Pizac, seeing the ruins there then browsing through the market in town. Can certainly feel the altitude when walking through the ruins. We had a "picnic lunch" at a garden restaurant complete with …
Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu
We start the day with a tour of the ruins at Ollantaytambo. This was originally twice the size of Machu Picchu and is the site of the only major Inca victory over the invading Spanish. We get a good look at how they probably moved the big stones.
We boarded the train mid-day for Machu Picchu. Someone had gotten us the two front seats on the train …
Agua Caliente to Cucso
A fairly quiet day. We wander through gardens and see loads of hummingbirds. There is a festival in town - they're selling guinea pigs, but we don't go for that for lunch. Later we take the train back to Ollantaytambo, then a car to Cusco. The train ride features a fashion show by two of the train employees who do a fantastic job modeling alpaca …
We spend the morning touring Sacsayhuaman, a large Inca fortress above Cusco. In the afternoon, we visit the Inca Museum and the Museo de Art Precolombino.
Up early, we fly back to Lima, then to Quito. See many volcanoes in the city. We walk the town and find the Artisan Market. Back at Mansion del Angel, we have afternoon tea by the fireplace, and discover some other guests we had run into in the Lima airport and in Machu Picchu! We all go out for dinner, complete with wandering minstrels.
We start our Galapagos adventure flying from Quito to Baltra, then transferring to our ship, the Coral I. Great group of people - some Americans, a couple from France and a group from the UK - about 24 of us in total. We start off strong with a tour of Dragon Hill, seeing both marine and land iguanas and lots of Sally Lightfoot crabs. Lots of …
Rabida and Santiago
We make our first wet landing on Rabida. Can't believe all the sea lions and the various birds. Pelicans, lava herons, hawks, blue footed boobies. Many with young in nests. We snorkle off the beach of red sand. Amazing.
After lunch we are on the black sands of Santiago. Again many iguanas, crabs and lizards. We swim with sea lions, turtles and …
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