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Machu Picchu Travels: I still haven't left Peru.
Boys playing with a puppy near the Plaza.
Peru was the first place I've ever visited that I didn't want to leave...and I place that I can't wait to return.
Anticipation…mixed with a full day of flying can produce amazing butterflies in ones stomach. Fortunately, I was able to convince all of my butterflies to fly in one direction; and they finally led me to Peru.
Lima to Cuzco
I quickly became intoxicated with Cuzco and all of the sights and sounds of this amazing city. We arrived just days before the Inti Raymi festivities, but the city was already bustling with parades and crowds as they prepared for this celebration. I fell in love so quickly with the children that we had seen on our walk to and around the Plaza de …
Traveling through the Sacred Valley really helped to put this whole region into perspective. I quickly became thankful that this is the format to which this trip was established because it allowed us to see how people REALLY lived in Peru. Had we not taken a trip through these areas, it would be like someone traveling to the United States and …
Boarding the train to Machu Picchu felt like a step back in time. I felt like I should be wearing a vintage wide-brimmed hat while being escorted by a pair of English Wolfhounds. There really is no better way to travel if you want to really SEE a country. The train ride through the remote areas of the Sacred Valley alone was worth the trip to …
A lesson learned
Opting for a second day at Machu Picchu provided us the opportunity to explore this mystifying place on our own. Having done my own research on Machu Picchu, I wanted to seek out some of the sights our guide didn’t have the time to point out, and I also wanted time to explore the edges of the ruins in search of birds that I had dreamed of …
We opted out of the optional tour this final day (our financial resources were getting pretty tight), so that we could spend time “alone” among the “local tourists” who have come to Cuzco for the celebrations leading up to Inti Raymi. Parades had been part of the activities occurring in Cuzco ever since we arrived, so we …
Visiting Lima was quite a contrast from the quiet villages I loved in the Sacred Valley. Lima provided all of the hustle and bustle a big city has to offer, and again, we enjoyed our day to explore alone.
The architecture in Lima can really transport you to another time if you let your mind wander. The historic architectural beauty contrasted …
The flights home from Lima seemed to slip by in a dream. I couldn’t wait to return home to tell everyone about this grand adventure and about the insights I’ve gained from my travel to Peru…but, I found that I didn’t know where to begin once I finally saw my family.
I took an earlier stand-by flight home to Marquette out …
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