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An Inca Adventure
Ruins on the hillside
My family's rousing jaunt through the Peruvian Andes on the trail of the Inca
We arrive in South America
With the exception of my brother, it was the first time for any of us in South America and I must admit it was a little anti-climactic. Our plane touched down at 10:40 and we wearily stumbled off the aircraft, some of us more aware than others. Brian had used a few beers to wash down a handful of anti-stress pills before boarding the plane so he …
To infinity (or 11,000 feet) and beyond
Our alarms went off at 6 and we grudgingly convened downstairs for breakfast. It was a very European spread with bread, meats, cheeses, fruit, some scrambled eggs and vaguely familiar looking cereals. We all filled up, not knowing when, or what, our next meal would be.
The trek across the street to the airport was not a difficult one but we …
Cusco and Environs
The highlight of breakfast were thin, shriveled, bright pink sausages (I think) that no one was brave enough to try. They were accompanied by the same spread as the day before, although a few new and interesting fruits were added. Our favorite find was one that was white with big black seeds and tasted like a mix between a banana and a …
The Sacred Valley
Today we ventured beyond our protective bubble and partook of the sweeter, harder to reach fruits surrounding Cusco. First stop was a small town, Chinchero, where we were taken to observe a weaving demonstration. I have a feeling this was a mandatory stop, and while it was interesting to see where many of the colors of the yarn came from, we …
And we're off
I think we all woke up excited. My parents also woke up to a ruin right out their window. Tucked up onto the hillside directly in front of their bed was the Ollantaytambo ruin, terraces resplendent in the morning light. That was to be our first stop but before visiting we needed to cherish our last shower, last toilet, and, if you were me, pick …
Beyond the nipple
Unfortunately, the day did not end when I closed my eyes. It was cold and I wasn't used to sleeping on the ground and it took me a very long time to fall asleep. I'm not sure if I even did because before I knew it I heard chewing right next to my head. Had the donkeys gotten out of their fence or were they just stretching their necks to be …
The City in the Clouds
Daniel was a bit late to breakfast but he was up and walking and, despite being a little quieter than usual, seemed quite normal. We started our day hiking up towards the second pass. On the way up we passed a small round ruin, Runkuraquay. It had probably been a rest house for messengers along the trail and it was spectacularly placed between …
The Lost Inca City
It was cold when I woke up! There was frost on the ground and I had trouble convincing myself to get out of my sleeping bag. In the end the lure of Machu Picchu was too strong and I emerged from my cocoon. Our first duty today was to tip the porters. This had been a constant source of worry for my parents who had ferreted away crisp $20 bills …
A day in the life of Hiram Bingham
We were up at six today to try to beat the crowds to Machu Picchu. This is a futile task as thousands of people flock to Aguas Calientes early every morning to see the site but we were hoping to beat at least a few. When we went outside the morning fog was hanging low, a fact which made us feel good about our decision to forgo the sunrise bus up …
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