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Pat with baby llama by the Cathedral de San Francisco. Peru
In summary, this was a month well spent. We cannot praise highly enough Adventure life for their assistance in putting all this together.
Our flight from Miami to Lima, the most Colonial city in South America, was uneventful except for taking the shortcut through Atlanta. The logic of this escapes me, but traveling business class made everything easy and comfortable. Upon arrival at midnight, it was a major relief to find our guide, Boris, with a sign "Adventure Life." …
There are many things to see, and one of the most impressive is the construction and decoration of churches. We are talking major ornamentation here that is mind-boggling in its detail and quantity. The Cathedral de San Francisco is a good example. A second item of interest is the money changers that infest the major streets. They wear special …
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Down by the ocean we had lunch at Tony Roma's on a nice outdoor patio. We watched numerous hang-gliders soaring. Each one carried one tourist and was operated by a local guide. They launched from the clifftop and rode the air currents that came in off the ocean. It was scary just watching. Maybe I will try it in my next incarnation.
Travel to Cusco
Flying to Cusco, we were again met by our Adventure Life driver, Andy, and transported to our hotel where we were greeted by our superb guided, Vidal. The Monasterio is a very classy place. We soon discovered that coming direct from Lima at sea level and staying in Cusco at 11,000 feet elevation was not a good move for us. Pat got sick late …
Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo
From Cusco, Vidal and we were driven down through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo and then went by train to Machu Picchu.
Visiting the ruins fulfilled a long-time wish of Pat's. The setting is spectacular and awe-inspiring. We walked up and down countless steps and marveled at the sheer quantity of rock that was moved and used to build the place. It has a definite spiritual quality to it, and the area is spectacularly beautiful. We spent one night in The …
Machu Picchu Serenade
Our guide, Vidal, gets nothing but the highest praise. I have climbed enough stairs for a lifetime. I also wish to mention the numerous talented musicians we heard perform at many of our stops. I was so impressed with the ones serenading us during lunch in the town of Machu Picchu that I bought a CD of theirs. The group is named …
Arequipa to Colca Canyon
Our next stop was Arequipa, where we were assigned a new guide, Isabel, and on to Colca Canyon. The canyon is home to a flock of condors. Along with a hundred or so other tourists, we waited in vain for over three hours in hope of seeing these massive carrion eaters and never did see any except for one small one way off. I think they are a …
Mingling with the Locals
Cusco and Arequipa are scenic towns, each having a central town square. The places are literally crawling with vendors, peddlers, and a few beggars. We were constantly approached by people trying to sell us things--most of which was junk. Their saving grace is that they are at least trying to make a living by working an not by begging. Many …
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