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Welcome Pisco Sours when we arrived in Lima at 1AM!
Peru: We made it to Cusco!
Plaza de Armas in Cusco
Heading to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco
Plaza de Armas in Cusco
Plaza de Armas in Cusco
Compania de Jesus in Cusco
The outskirts of Cusco
Local juice stands on the way out of Cusco
Kanaracay Ruins on our way to the jungle
Bird watching by the lake
We got a flat tire in the mountains!
Views along the road to the jungle
More ruins on the way to the jungle
More ruins along the road
Old burial tombs
The local children came running to sell bracelets
A small town on our way to the jungle
Small town on the way to the jungle
Local reed mover!
Our driver and his son repaired the tire while we ate lunch
Box lunches!
The box lunches were WAY better than we expected
Stretching our legs after a LONG ride!
Beautiful butterflies in the Manu border zone
Spotting birds in the jungle
Taking in the views
We made our way down into the jungle
Spotting the Andean Cock of the Rock
Andean Cock of the Rock
Cock of the Rock- the national bird
Andean Cock of the Rock doing his mating displays
We finally made it to Cock of the Rock Lodge
Our own little bungalow in the jungle!!
Inside our little bungalow!
Cock of the Rock Lodge
Dining by candlelight in the dining hall
All tucked in and ready for bed
Small town in the border zone on the way to Manu
Another beautiful butterfly in Manu
Learning about how Coca is produced
On the road to Manu
This bird was at a Coca Plantation- he speaks Spanish!
Beautiful plants at the Coca Plantation
The view straight down out the bus window!
Almost to the Madre de Dios river!
Hanging nests on our way to Manu
Our chariot awaits!  Heading to Manu National Park
Our Manu Tent Camp crew
Watching a car be transported down the river
We had to stop for gas along the way
Loading more gas on the boat
Stopping at Boca Manu for supplies
Porch birds in Boca Manu
Our second jungle cabanas!
Our next little bungalow!
Dinner at the second jungle lodge
Wolf Spider in Manu!
The check in point for Manu National Park
Authentic dugout canoe
Not quite Kepler's size
The jungle path to the bathrooms
Finally- Manu National Park!
Almost to the Manu Tent Camp
Neat tree in Manu National Park
Caiman on the river in Manu!
Caiman!!
Birds in Manu National Park
Vulture in Manu
The vultures were eating a pig!
Turtles sunning in the river
The butterflies lick the salt off the turtle's eyes
Another delicious box lunch
We made it to the Manu Tent Camp!
First glimpses of the tent camp in Manu
Home #3 in the jungle
Relaxing in our tent at camp
The bathrooms at Manu Tent Camp- they were immaculate!
The dining hall at Manu Tent Camp
Our chariot in the jungle
Beautiful butterfly in Manu
Exploring the oxbow lake by catamaran
A beautiful day on the oxbow lake
Enjoying our evening on the oxbow lake
Monkeys in Manu!
Howler monkey in Manu
Our fearless leaders!  Thomas and Wilson got us everywhere
Giant river otters in Manu!
We saw a whole family of giant river otters in Manu
Giant river otters in Manu!
Emperor Monkeys!!
Hoatzin in Manu
Hoatzins in Manu
Visiting our second oxbow lake in Manu
Jungle trail to Cocha Otorongo
Cool trees in Manu at Cocha Otorongo
Spotting monkeys at Cocha Otorongo in Manu
We kept hearing macaws squawking in the trees
Jungle trail to Cocha Otorongo in Manu
Giant fern trees at Cocha Otorongo in Manu
Cool trees at Cocha Otorongo in Manu
Pretty flower trees at Cocha Otorongo in Manu
A super sweaty day in the jungle
Enjoying the view at Cocha Otorongo in Manu
Canopy tower at Cocha Otorongo in Manu
Another fuzzy tree
Giant tree in the jungle!
The tree was huge!!
Kepler looks so small!
Monkey puzzle tree at Cocha Otorongo in Manu
Monkey puzzle tree
Jungle trail heading back to Cocha Salvador in Manu
Getting stuck in the mud on our way back to the boat
Making fire at the local camp
Back on Cocha Salvador in Manu
Cocha Otorongo in Manu
Another sunset ride on Cocha Salvador in Manu
Squirrel Monkey
Tiny bird in Manu
Beautiful birds along the river
Neat little bird on the river
Macaws were always flying overhead
Funky nuts from a tree in Manu
Frog in the bathroom at Manu
Hawk eating a turtle!!!
Which also made if very cold
Passion fruit- it feels like plastic
...and it looks like brains on the inside
...so, I had to pretend to be a zombie while eating it...
It was pouring rain on the way to the Wildlife Center
Manu Wildlife Center felt like luxury after the tent camp
The Manu Wildlife Center was amazing
Our bungalow at the wildlife center was amazing!
It was like our honeymoon all over again!
Beautiful plants at Manu Wildlife Center
Beautiful plants at Manu Wildlife Center
Beautiful plants at Manu Wildlife Center
Beautiful plants at Manu Wildlife Center
Tiny ant on a beautiful flower at Manu Wildlife Center
Beautiful plants at Manu Wildlife Center
Beautiful plants at Manu Wildlife Center
On our way to the parrot clay lick at Manu
On our way to the parrot clay lick at Manu
Trail to the tapir lick at Manu Wildlife Center
Parrot clay lick at Manu Wildlife Center
Macaw clay lick at Manu Wildlife Center
Macaw clay lick at Manu Wildlife Center
Macaw clay lick at Manu Wildlife Center
Macaw clay lick at Manu Wildlife Center
Macaw clay lick at Manu Wildlife Center
Macaw clay lick at Manu Wildlife Center
Monkey ladder
Lookout platform at the tapir lick at Manu Wildlife Center
Lookout platform at the tapir lick at Manu Wildlife Center
My viewing area
Scorpion spider at Manu- it was huge!
Capybaras in Manu!
Heading back out of the jungle
Loading into regular taxis to head out of the jungle
Our water taxis
Heading out of the jungle
The riverside port town
Courtyard at Casa Andina in Cusco
Casa Andina in Cusco
Inca walls all over Cusco
We had an amazing view from our balcony table
Dinner in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco
Plaza de Armas at night
Heading into the Sacred Valley
Looking down on Cusco
Overlooking Cusco
Feeding llamas at the weaving center
Feeding llamas at the weaving center
Feeding llamas at the weaving center
Feeding llamas at the weaving center
The plants (and bugs) used to dye the fabric
Learning how they dye fabrics at the weaving center
All the beautiful yarn!! And all naturally dyed
Watching weavers work
Hundreds of varieties of potatoes and corn grow in Peru
Pisac ruins in the Sacred Valley
Pisac ruins in the Sacred Valley
Pisac ruins in the Sacred Valley
Gravesites at Pisac ruins in the Sacred Valley
Pisac ruins in the Sacred Valley
Pisac ruins in the Sacred Valley
Our first Inca Kola.  It tastes just like bubble gum!
Watching native dances in the Sacred Valley
Moray aggricultural terraces in Sacred Valley
Learning about the aggricultural terraces at Moray
Moray aggricultural terraces in Sacred Valley
Exploring Sacred Valley
Moray aggricultural terraces in Sacred Valley
Beautiful scenery in the Sacred Valley
Maras salt mines in Sacred Valley
Vidal explaining how the salt mines work
Learning about harvesting salt at Maras
Maras salt mines in Sacred Valley
The source for the Maras salt mines
Harvested salt is sorted by quality and color
Finishing a long day of harvesting salt at Maras
There is a great pizza place right next door to the hotel
El Sauce, our hotel in the Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo ruins in the Sacred Valley
There were a lot of stairs!
Ollantaytambo ruins in the Sacred Valley
Such precise stonework, it is amazing!
The outside is smooth, but the inside used tongue and groove
Connecting mechanisms inside the stones
Ollantaytambo ruins in the Sacred Valley
More stairs at Ollantaytambo ruins in the Sacred Valley
Water purification pools at Ollantaytambo ruins
More water purification pools
I can't believe they all still function and flow still today
Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley is built on old ruins
They keep skulls of old relatives in the house
And they also raise guinnea pigs for food!
Inside a home in Ollantaytambo
Llama fetuses are good luck to have in the house
They gave us tiny little pots!
Our ride to the train in Ollantaytambo
We're off to the train!
Our driver looks thrilled!
Vistadome train - heading to Machu Picchu!!
Our snack that they served on the train to Machu Picchu
Aguas Calientes- we're almost to Machu Picchu!
The line to take the bus up to the ruins; it moved quick
Machu Picchu!  We finally made it!
Our tour group for Peru- they were great!
Vidal taught us the history of the ruins
Llamas hanging out at Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu- more great views!
Machu Picchu- more great views!
Machu Picchu- more great views!
Machu Picchu- more great views!
Machu Picchu- more great views!
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Old carved steps at Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu- more great views!
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
The windows were perfectly aligned for the solstices
Amazing Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Machu Picchu- more great views!
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
We learned about how they used to lock their doors
Sandy at the ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Getting geared up for tomorrow's hike of Huayna Picchu
The gate to Huayna Picchu - we'll hike that tomorrow
We're going to climb that mountain tomorrow!
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Local police in Lima
We learned how they attached the roof with llama fiber rope
Here's one without the roof attached
We learned so much from Vidal!
Machu Picchu- more great views!
Machu Picchu- more great views!
Relative of the chinchilla at Machu Picchu
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Archeologists working on excavations
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Rainbow starting to form at Machu Picchu
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
A quick afternoon shower brought so much beauty!
We couldn't get enough of the rainbow!
The other end of the rainbow at Machu Picchu
A great view from above of Machu Picchu
Our tour crew at Machu Picchu
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Our fabulous room at Machu Picchu Pueblo
Machu Picchu Pueblo- our beautiful home for the night
Talking with the llamas at Machu Picchu
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
The stonework was so amazing at Machu Picchu
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
The ladies rest while learning at Machu Picchu
Bathrooms at Machu Picchu- Just for looking!
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
A compass stone at Machu Picchu
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
Exploring the Machu Picchu ruins
A misty morning at Machu Picchu- so surreal!
The morning clouds made everything feel mystical
Rainbow at Machu Picchu
Getting ready to head back up for our hike of Huayna Picchu
We couldn't get enough of the views
Machu Picchu in the morning
The mountains looked amazing in the morning clouds
The line for Huayna Picchu
Here we go!  Starting the Huayna Picchu climb
Huayna Picchu rules
Huayna Picchu Hike- Here we go!
Huayna Picchu Hike- Catching glimpses through the clouds
Huayna Picchu Hike- Beautiful Views
Huayna Picchu Hike
Huayna Picchu Hike- Catching our breath admist the clouds
Huayna Picchu Hike- More Stairs
Huayna Picchu Hike- Getting closer
Looking over the terraces beneath Machu Picchu
Huayna Picchu Hike- Still going up
Huayna Picchu Hike- Ruins along the way
Huayna Picchu Hike- More ruins along the way
Huayna Picchu Hike- More ruins along the way
Huayna Picchu Hike- Tight fit
Huayna Picchu Hike
Huayna Picchu Hike- At the top!
Huayna Picchu Hike- Amazing Stairs
Huayna Picchu Hike- We made it!
Huayna Picchu Hike- Getting closer
Huayna Picchu Hike- Getting our stair workout in
Huayna Picchu Hike- Going through some tight spaces
Huayna Picchu couple trip
Huayna Picchu Hike- Looking down at Machu Picchu
Huayna Picchu Hike- Admiring more ruins
Huayna Picchu Hike- Great cliffs to look off too!
Huayna Picchu Hike- Enjoying the views of Machu Picchu
Huayna Picchu Hike- One of many stops to enjoy the views
Huayna Picchu Hike- Great little ruins to look at on the way up
Huayna Picchu Hike- Heading down
Huayna Picchu Hike- Beautiful Sights
Huayna Picchu Hike
Huayna Picchu Hike: Going down
Huayna Picchu Hike- Going down
Headed back to Cusco: Stopped to get a Chicha (fermented corn drink)
Same place for Chicha, playing the "frog" game
Rich had a go
Leaving Machu Picchu- Getting some local culture
Frog Game
Kepler did okay
Sandy's turn at the frog game
But I did better
Cusco: This one stone had 18 corners or so!
Cusco: Next to the big cathedral
Cusco- One of several big cathedrals
More buildings in Cusco
Cusco: Outside of a cathedral, soccer is important!
Windows all line up perfectly!
Cusco Market: Place to get your morning juice!
Cusco Market: Flower Section
Cusco Market: Mask Section
Cusco Market: Horse Mouths?!
Cusco Market: More of the local delicacies
Cusco Market: Unidentified animal bits
Cusco Market: Cheese!
Cusco Market: Bread shaped like a swaddle
A view over Cusco
Cusco Market: Grains and Beans
Sacsayhuaman ruins
Sacsayhuaman ruins near Cusco
Bracelets at the ruins
Meeting the ladies with plan our trips with: This is Gianina
Fabi at her desk
Sacsayhuaman ruins
Sight seeing in Lima
Sacsayhuaman ruins- These were big blocks!
Sight seeing in Lima
Sight seeing in Lima
Sight seeing in Lima
Lunch with our Peru coworkers!
Sight seeing in Lima
Sight seeing in Lima
Sight seeing in Lima

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