My Adventure In Peru

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  1. Terry Page

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    I always believed this would turn out to be more of an adventure than a holiday/vacation, it's started off with Lisa in bed with altitude sickness so the adventure has begun or maybe delayed a little. I am sitting on the balcony in the sunshine while Lisa sleeps off the sickness, so while waiting I will start the photo album on Peru. .......I have only taken a few photos so far, the first couple are in the apartment where we spent the first night in Lima, ....the owner was lovely, and two bedroom apartment was a place you could easily permanently live in.

    An interesting welcome


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    The view from the window, it's in a residential area near the airport...

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    The main square in Cuzco last evening...

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    Have not come across a McDonalds yet but KFC are on the main square


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    Lisa in happier time drinking a coca tea infusion (which sadly didn't work) a few hours before the sickness began...


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    Our junk food meals of the day....cheeseburger and lasagne...


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    Oh I'm sorry Lisa has succumbed to the dreaded altitude sickness @Terry... poor Lisa, hope she's better soon. ((hugs))) for her.. How are you feeling now? Was it worse than you expected despite all your precautions ?

    Lovely pics...different to what I expected, but you know that me and you suffer for our 'art' to allow others to share our journeys .. ;):D:D
     
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    It will be an interesting adventure and experience. Wish I would have done South America when I had the chance.

    My college age niece was just in Ecuador and the Galapagos for a Biology class credit and she loved it!

    Of course, if I was going to SA I'd have to visit my birthplace...Buenos Aires. :)

    Hope Lisa feels better soon!

    You must be in the same time zone my son in Illinois is in...central.
     
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    Somehow time seems to have stood still here today a lot appears to have happened and it's still only 3pm.
    I went out earlier for a pretty long walk to the outskirts of the town, to investigate what all the sporadic drumming and firecrackers going off was all about, it seems it was student protests about some injustice or other. There were riot police and patrol cars everywhere, but no sign of any violence.
    I am pleased to say Lisa is recovering from the altitude sickness, and I have just cooked some eggs for her which she has eaten with a cup of coca tea.
    Luckily apart from briefly feeling like a 90 year old yesterday [​IMG] I don't seem to have suffered at all ....
     
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    I feel for Lisa, must be similar to vertigo which ails me :(
    I hope she overcomes it
    What a lovely welcome you had and the pictures are good too :)
     
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    Good evening it's just 6pm and it's been another time warp of a day, we set out at 11am this morning, (it's too cold at 5c to venture out before then), we visited three museums, a monastery, a cathedral, two churches and a wedding, we also had an alfresco lunch and got lost and walked several miles, and finally got back to the apartment at 5:30pm, hardly seems possible really [​IMG]

    Lisa has just popped out for a bit of late shopping for her grandchildren, she wants some trousers she has seen [​IMG]

    I will sort out some photos to post .... I hope your weekends are going well.....
     
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    @Terry Page , you have posted some delicious looking food in your travel posts but, I have to say, that cheeseburger and fries is the most tempting food I have seen you post. :D I guess you just can't take the country out of the girl.

    Will y'all be able to see the Peruvian rain forest?
     
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    Here are a few snapshots I took of Lisa, the wedding and the lunch, which we had at a restaurant directly opposite the church ...

    Lisa being a tourist, this is is coat but the hood is not used here...


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    The view from the bell tower of the church which we had to climb of course [​IMG]


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    The Lunch
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    Stuffed peppers with a dark beer which was lovely, I know alcohol is not advisable at high altitudes, but I thought it worth the small risk... [​IMG]
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    What lovely pictures, @Terry Page , and the little Alpacas are so adorable ! ! They brought them right to the wedding, or do the alpacas just wander around wherever they please ? Is the beautiful coat that Lisa is wearing made from alpaca wool or some form of cotton, or other material ?
    If you are able to see some Peruvian Paso horses, you will love to see the exhibition of those, they are so graceful and beautiful to watch, and the smoothest horse in the world to ride, besides.
     
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    Just before I go to sleep I will post a few photos from today...

    We are staying in an old Inca town called Pisaq, this is our place for the night:



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    The view from our bedroom window..

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    These women are apparently collecting seeds from what look like corn on the cob
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    We passed an alpaca/llama farm on the way here....

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    The important Inca site here which is vast, we only walked on a small part of it:
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    PS our dinner tonight at a lovely hotel restaurant on the square here..

    lamb stew with coriander/cilantro my all time favourite herb, it was delicious, the lamb was the melt in your mouth kind Mmmm


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    chicken in sesame seeds with quinoa

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    Are you seeing some sheep up there, @Terry Page ?You might be eating vicuña or even a llama or alpaca, although they are browsers, so they would taste more like a deer than a sheep.
    The pictures are gorgeous, and those steep mountains are just awesome ! ! I think that this is the best adventure that you have ever taken us on so far.
    Those little alpacas have the cutest little faces ! I used to hum at my llama to call him, and he would hear me and hum back and then come running to see me every morning.
    So, if you want to talk with one, just make kind of a "mmmm" noise, somewhere between a hum and a whine, and when they hum back at you, you will know what it is supposed to sound like. Or you might hear them humming to each other.
    By the way, did you know that the male llama sings to the female when they are mating ? Like humans, llamas can mate anytime, and if the female is interested, she will lie down for the male. If not, she gives him a very dirty look and then threatens to spit on him if he doesn't catch the drift right away.
     
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    Hi to you all, it's become a real Peruvian adventure here, [​IMG] due to teachers protesting, they have blocked all the roads into Ollantaytambo (the town where we are staying and where the train leaves for Machu Picchu, but because the track is blocked with stones all services are cancelled for two days.

    The only other way to get there is take a taxi from here to Santa Maria in the mountains then another to Santa Teresa, then a third to a Hydroelectric plant where the road ends, we then have to walk the train tracks for around 2 to 3 hours to reach Machu Picchu [​IMG] ....... we are determined to get there one way or the other, in the meantime the train station is chaos with hundreds of stranded passengers.

    We had to walk the last couple of miles to our hotel this morning because of the blocked roads


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    ....anyway we spent a great day in the end climbing the ruins here right to the very top, which was a lot easier than it first looked..

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    I think you and Lisa tend to go on adventures as opposed to vacations. @Terry Page :)

    Great pics!
     
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    Well another day another adventure, just past half way to Ollantaytambo the train ground to a halt because the track was blocked by teachers again. This time the police came and firebombed them, but because of all the damage to the tracks, we had to walk a couple of miles to the next station and a road, where by chance a minibus offered to take us to our hotel for a few dollars, so we eventually made it.
    The walk was through some stunning countryside and we sort of enjoyed all the added excitement.
    We found a lovely restaurant here and I had a couple of Belgian beers which added to the enjoyment [​IMG] on leaving the restaurant a taxi driver came up to us and after a bit of bargaining he will take us to our next destination back to Cusco which is about 60 miles away.

    I will post some photos of yesterdays walk and the train trip this morning, our carriage was actually full of Americans mainly from the east coast, we chatted to a few about their adventures...

    The start of our 10 mile trek....

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    A few stopped off for a dip in the river...
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    One of several snack bars on the route, a lot of backpackers walk the tracks to save the train fare

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    The train this morning before the sudden stop
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    The incident

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    Here are a few photos of Machu Picchu which though unfortunate for many was special for us in that it was virtually empty. nearly 7,000 people a day visit but because of the train stoppage only those that walked made it.
    It is an amazing place, impossible to capture on a photo really, we did hire a guide who gave us a lot of information about the history of the place, and the current situation regarding religion etc.



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    This carved stone reflecting the outline of the mountain behind was painted with an image of the Virgin Mary, by the Spanish when they invaded Peru, as part of their indoctrination of the locals by the Catholic religion.



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    A couple of rodents sunbathing..


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    I am still sorting out the Peru photos, but here are a few taken during our one night stay on a floating island ...... Lake Titicaca... I think I posted odd ones before on other threads [​IMG]

    The Uros islands are a group of 70 man-made totora reed islands floating on Peru’s Lake Titicaca. Its inhabitants, the Uros tribe, pre-date Incan civilization and continue to hunt and fish the plentiful land and waters they occupy.

    This is our room for the night, one of four on this island
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    The room was cosy, though at night the temperature on the lake dropped to freezing point or below, but our hosts bought us water bottles so we kept warm...

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    The window overlooked the lake

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    It was very hot in the sun, and sitting on a deckchair which sank into the reeds could be a challenge.. —
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    Three generations of our hosts family shared the island
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    The dining room where we had our meals..

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    Sunset over the lake from our room...
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    Wow, @Terry Page. Those pictures are fantastic. What an adventure! Did you feel any sense of connection to the ruins? Just think, the Machu Picchu civilization existed thousands of years ago. I'm not sure my memory is correct but I think maybe it existed before the birth of Christ. Where did they come from? What happened to them?
     
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    You, Mi amigo, have taken the vacation of a lifetime, filled with mini adventures, documented it with wonderful photos and thrilled a bunch of us with your sharing. What a vacation! Thanks hardly seems adequate but sometimes thats all we can say, so thanks for sharing your memories.
     
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    Thanks @Bill Boggs I too felt it was vacation of a lifetime and full of surprises, I am pleased you liked the photos, when I hang up my travelling shoes, I will hopefully become an armchair traveller and be able to enjoy the travels of others.... :)
     
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    While on the floating island we took a couple of boat trips in a traditional boat (mainly for tourists these days) with the owners younger brother Joel, who was a really nice guy though he didn't speak much English so Lisa translated for me, I am so lazy with languages [​IMG]

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    Our second trip was to show us one way they fish and how they cut the reeds for island use:


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    A passing boat with a collection of reeds
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    Thanks for letting us share the adventures you and Lisa take @Terry Page. I think we all enjoy the arm chair travels with you and your beautiful pictures that make us feel we are right there with y'all. :)
     
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