Category Archives: Peru

Advice for visiting Inca ruins: Combine Moray and Maras (and add a hike)

We hired a taxi to transport us for the day. What would be an unthinkable expense in many countries cost only $17/each, since we shared the expense with our cousins, Susie and Tom. Our driver dropped us at our first … Continue reading

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Advice for visiting Inca ruins: Bring a good map on your hike to Pumamarca

Sometimes we can sense problems appearing on the horizon. So it went with our hike to the Pumamarca ruins, but don’t worry, there’s a happy ending. We’d read that the hike to Pumamarca and back to Ollantaytambo offered splendid views … Continue reading

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Advice for visiting Inca ruins: Bring along a great guidebook to Ollantaytambo

After two full days at Machu Picchu, we took the train to Ollantaytambo (often called “Ollanta”). We had read advice (somewhere?) to pick up a good guidebook since the information in it was what the guides would tell us anyway. … Continue reading

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Advice for visiting Inca ruins: Timing is key at Machu Picchu

We’ve been planning a trip — on-and-off — to Machu Picchu for over 20 years. We researched and discussed details with our travel friends, but we had other trips we wanted to take first, and it kept getting pushed forward. … Continue reading

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The only way to get around: a motorized canoe

On the second day of our trip to Manu National Park we left the dirt roads and got into a motorized canoe with 2 boatmen to guide us down the rivers. Taxis pulled onto the beach to take us by … Continue reading

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We weren’t prepared for this

We climbed to the top of the 35 m. (115’) high observation tower to have a vista of the tree canopy outside Manu National Park in Peru. A few days earlier we had spent considerable time at Cocha Salavador observing … Continue reading

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A long vigil at the clay lick

We didn’t travel all the way to Peru’s remote Manu National Park area to miss visiting a clay lick. Even though parrots and macaws are found in other places around the world, it is only in the Amazon Basin where they … Continue reading

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Photographing the beautiful and unusual (in challenging conditions)

Photographers dream of finding themselves in an environment filled with the beautiful and exotic. We had many expectations for what we’d see on our trip to Peru’s Manu National Park, one of the most diverse places on Earth. Photography at … Continue reading

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Staying far, far away

“Far away” is more than distance. When we have traveled around the world to developed areas, we know what we can expect – everything from roads to electricity, internet connection, and stores … On our 9-day trip to visit Peru’s Manu … Continue reading

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What’s Manu?

We’d never heard of Manu, and maybe you haven’t either. We stumbled upon a description of the park – very remote and one of the most bio-diverse places in the world – and we were hooked: we had to go … Continue reading

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