Category Archives: South America – 2016

Getting there was a scenic high

Going over the 15,800’ pass was cold and breath-taking. We had no idea the drive to Colca Canyon would be so scenic. We’d planned this side trip many months earlier and had forgotten any details of what the drive would … Continue reading

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The fate of the 2nd daughter

Every day we passed an unusual building on our walk in Arequipa, Peru. The plain white and very high stone walled building took up an entire block near the Plaza de Armas. No windows in sight. We found out that … Continue reading

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A glimpse back at the magic

Most tourists spend only a day or two in Cusco as a transit point before moving on to Machu Picchu. If they travel on to the Sacred Valley, it’s often in a quick day trip. We took our time, and … Continue reading

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Sunday afternoon at the Plaza de Armas in Cusco

Wondering where to go on a Sunday afternoon in Cusco, Peru? The old, historic capital city of the Inca Empire has several plazas in the city center. We strolled into the Plaza de Armas and were lucky to get seats … Continue reading

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The travel experience you want to avoid

When we went to Manu Biosphere Reserve in the Amazon Basin of Peru for 9 days, we took every precaution to avoid getting sick, but, even though we used a high percentage DEET lotion on exposed skin, dressed in long … Continue reading

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Colonial Cusco was built from Sacsahuayman stones

Inca’s stone building expertise is at its most impressive at Sacsahuayman. Not only are the stones huge, but they are also fitted so well together that it defies understanding of how this feat could have been accomplished. So, where did … Continue reading

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Advice for visiting Inca ruins: It takes time and energy to see Pisac

The Inca ruins at Pisac start just above the small town. Everyone’s recommendation was to take a taxi to the top and hike down through the ruins and back into town. However, we discovered when we arrived, that officials had … Continue reading

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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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