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Most Magnificent Pair: Manu and Machu Picchu
Peru's national bird
The exciting descent to the cloud forest
I'm laying in bed writing by candlelight listening to the sounds of the cloud forest. What an incredible 10.5 hour drive from Cusco to Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge. A little scary with 5,000' drop offs, landslides, tunnels, deep mud holes, but so very exciting too. The bumpy road had so many places where the road was completely cut away. Sometimes, …
our intro to dugout canoe travel
Left at 9:30am for another 3 hours in the van - even more muddy and more trucks today. Stopped at a coca farm. Then got to the port to start our dug-out canoe ride at 12:30. It was raining and cold, but luckily the boat had a top. Was cozy in my new raincoat. Saw lots of great water birds and had lunch on the shore, near a capybera path. Saw …
finally arrived at Manu
I'm now under the cozy mosquito netting listening to amazing frog calls and trying to write in candlelight, without the candle burning up the mosquito netting! What a full day! The howlers woke us up this morning howling! They are so loud! Left at 7am for the 5-hour boat ride to Manu Wildlife Center. Caimans and turtles and more birds --- …
a day of exciting trips to clay licks
Left at 5:15am. Short boat ride and walk to the macaw and parrot clay lick - amazing numbers (thousands and that is not an exaggeration) of parrots came first to feed on the clay on the bank. When something startled them, they would all fly away. What a ruckus! First the yellow-headed parrots came, then the mealy parrots, then the blue-headed …
giant river otters, howlers and birds --- what a morning!
Breakfast at 5am, then left at 5:30 in boat for the oxbow lake - 20 minutes down the river, then a 10-minute walk to the lake. Went on a catamaran (2 dug-out canoes with platform and folding chairs on top paddled by 2 guys). Lake was all misty and like glass as the sun came up - absolutely gorgeous. What a way to see wildlife. My favorite …
sad departure from the rainforest
Breakfast at 5, then boat for 3 hours, car for an hour and a half, another short boat ride, and another car ride for 2 and a half hours --- all to get to the airport. Very hot and tired by the time we got there, and so sad to see all the tropical rainforest destruction today. We saw gold mining all the way on the river trip, which culminated in …
adventures all day long on our trip into the Sacred Valley
Got to sleep in til 6:30 - WOW! Left for our next adventure with a new group of people - 3 school teachers. First stopped at a llama farm/weaving cooperative, where we saw lots of varieties of llamas, alpacas, and even vicunas with super-long necks. Then went to Pisac Ruins - amazing terraces and buildings with slanted walls, dating to the 12th …
Magnificent Machu Picchu at last!
Left on the 8am train for Machu Picchu. It was fun to take a motorcycle car station (a motorcycle with top and back seat) to the train station. Absolutely spectacular 1 and a half hour train ride, right next to a fast-flowing, huge river (Urubamba) with high peaks all around and lots were snow covered. Most gorgeous train ride of our lives! …
The gorgeous hike to Intipunku
Left at 7am to go back to Machu Picchu. Climbed to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) - a beautiful hike with great views the whole way up (600ft) and the whole way down. Sat in solitude at the top for a while looking the other direction at the mountains. It was so incredibly peaceful and relaxing. Saw a coral snake eating a gecko on the way down! Very …
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