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Machu Picchu by Train - 7 days...well 8! :)
Welcome to Peru!
Wow! What a trip to Peru. I'm glad I hand wrote my journal and I'm hoping I can share with everyone. My trip to Peru and Machu Picchu was beyond spectacular.
At St. Louis airport, in flight. Bags checked to Lima at my request. The gal at the counter asked to check to Cusco, but decided against it as I needed my luggage at Lima. Next stop-Miami!
In flight to Miami was interesting. Sat next to an older woman. Can't make sure if she was just pessimistic about life or just careful. She told me about …
Cusco, day 1
7:45am. At airport waiting to board flight to Cusco. Water bottle was allowed. Nice to travel without fluid restrictions.
Breakfast was good. They had papaya juice and the watermelon was so red and sweet. YUMMY. There was a station where they made fresh eggs with the toppings of your choice. So good. Pancake was dried bread with syrup - …
Chincero, Moras, Ollantaytambo
The day started with breakfast. Eggs were normal. There was papaya juice and pineapple juice. Had this interesting cereal called Kiwicha with strawberry yogurt. Was good!
First stop was Chincero. Again, narrow streets and lots of climbing. But before I start Chinceros, on the drive there, I saw upper Cusco City, the poorer population. …
Day started at breakfast and drive to Pisac. In Pisac we hiked for a couple of hours up the mountain to reach the top, which was the priest's place or something like that. The climb and hike was on a trail on the cliff side of the mountain. I could get a good grip and footing, but there were a lot of loose stones too and that seemed scary to …
How do I describe the start of this day? Well, for starters last night, my room mate Salman woke up pretty much every hour to first throw up and then sounded like significant diarrhea. I tried to sleep through it, but when I woke up Salman says he's NOT going and he's going to stay in Ollantaytambo! I was quite confused. He basically said his …
Hike near Machu Picchu
So basically breakfast and then we went on a hike by some train tracks. Scenery was gorgeous and stunning as usual. Walked through a garden with a lot of neat orchids etc. and got to see this waterfall. Was a small one but looked nice nevertheless.
I must say that the walk back was interesting. I know I haven't mentioned dogs yet, but I'd be …
Saqusayhuaman, Cemetery and Cusco Local Market
Now that I discovered Passion Fruit, had 2 for breakfast, among other things. Then off to the tour. We visited the local cemetery. Very interesting concept of never letting the person die and leaving stuff for them in their little glass head pieces. It was amusing. People left small models of coca cola, alcohol, and lot of other stuff. They …
Tipon and Pikillacta
This entry is a day late.
So yesterday started at the breakfast table with Ronnie our tour guide came up to Salman was asked if he was *Sohlmone*. Then he introduced himself. I was a bit worried because we were told last evening that our guide's name will be Daniel Chavez. I mentioned it to Salman. He did not think much of it. But as we left …
Woke up early for breakfast and was already packed up from the night before so we were ready to go. Guy from Adventure Life had us fill out some form as an evaluation and then we were off in the van to the airport.
Guy came in with us and when we entered the confirmation number, it did not register. So, he made us stand in another line. The …
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