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Aug 25, 2018 - Cuzco - Phil's 66th birthday

Today is Phil’s birthday. We breakfast in the Hotel, drop off a large amount of laundry to be washed,still only (PEN12=A$5) and then head to the Square. It has been 14 years since we have been to Cuzco and whilst it does seem familiar a lot has changed. The traffic is a lot heavier and Cuzco seems more “refined”, not so much a hick little town. We spot a café with a balcony overlooking the square so make our way there to enjoy a coffee and people watch. There are many marquees set up in the square this weekend for a book fair. Whilst...

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Aug 24, 2018 - Arequipa to Cuzco

Up really early this morning as we have to be ready for our PeruHop bus at 5.15am. They pick us up on time in a small van and we are dropped off to an area where others gather and the Bus collects us there. All is going well as we go in the same direction as we did to the Colca Canyon. We have a small break for breakfast and then back on the road. About an 2 hours into our 12 hour journey we stop. And we don't move for 1/2 hour and then we crawl along for a short time. Then we see trucks on the other side of the road, but facing the same...

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Apr 28, 2018 - April 28, 2018 – Arequipa to Cusco, Peru

April 28, 2018 – Arequipa to Cusco, Peru We had another early start this morning. We left the hotel at 7 and arrived at the airport about 7:30. We got checked in and waited for our flight to board. It was an uneventful flight, but I must say it’s the 1st flight I’ve been on in a long time where there were empty seats. When we arrived in Cusco, a driver met us with a small minibus to take us to the hotel. This was another case where we weren’t too sure about our hotel when we got off the bus. It was not a particularly nice area, but we...

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Aug 28, 2016 - Cusco

Three days in the beautiful city of Cusco. It has large squares with parks, fountains and colonial style buildings and then miles and miles of narrow cobble stoned streets with shops and cafes. Our visit coincided with Sainta Rosa de Lima day so we saw lots of colourful parades and music. At one point the street dogs hurtled through! Izzy is really not a fan of these dogs- she is convinced they are all rabid and makes us take rickshaws or taxis back at night. At night you can hear the dogs all partying! Fortunately our guesthouse was also...

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Aug 25, 2016 - Chocolate Day

Today Izzy and Theo did a Chocolate Workshop. They started with the Peruvian cocao bean and prepared it right through to handmade chocolates. They also made and consumed lots of different types of chocolate drinks and teas. We are now sampling the chocolates and Phill is recovering from one made specifically for him by Theo with three teaspoons of chilli!

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Aug 24, 2016 - Machu Picchu

Theo: I loved Machu Picchu because of the baby llamas and the views. I helped round up the baby llamas with the guard so the Pumas don't eat them. At the end I was stroking them and he took photos of me and Izzy- we may be on the next Machu Picchu website. Izzy: Machu Picchu had amazing views with scary drops. It was a little Hobbiton with altitude- I went camera happy. Phill: these pictures are priceless!! Kerry: the journey was brilliant on a smart train along the river and then into the jungle. The bus ride up was pretty hairy. It is a...

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Aug 23, 2016 - Ollantaytambo

Our next three days- Ollantaytambo. It is a pretty village surrounded by Inca ruins and a few too many tourists! We have definitely caught up with the tourist trail. Our hostel is good with a lovely garden and lots of games so Izzy and Theo have enjoyed some freedom playing outside. We also met the young lady who paid for our Machu Picchu tickets for us before she even met us! We gave her a big hug and a meal out! Tomorrow we head to the mountains!

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Aug 22, 2016 - Urumbamba

This morning we moved on to Urumbamba (Izzy and I managed a quick morning shop in Pisac market again!). This town is bigger but surrounded by beautiful mountains and we are beginning to see more snow. We took a taxi out to Salineras which meant climbing way up out of the town and then down into a valley filled with these salt pans from Inca times. There is a thermal stream which sends water heavily laden with salts into the valley and they catch it in these pans where it crystallises. It was a fantastic sight and they still use the salt...

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Aug 21, 2016 - The Sacred Valley

After a 1.5 hour flight from Lima to Cuzco we took a taxi down into the Sacred Valley. At 3326m Cuzco is pretty high so we decided to spend a week travelling through the lower areas first to build up our resistance. It is winter here but still dry and sunny. There is not as much snow on the Andes as we were expecting but it gets very cold at night. We have two nights here in Pisac and we spent the day at the market, mass at the church and then a hike down a steep hill! The indigenous people here are so tiny and they speak Quechua which as...

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Sep 15, 2015 - Salt mines, Inca ruins and weaving..oh my!

Tuesday. First, Happy Birthday to my sister, elise!! She and I usually travel together but this year we're going on different trips; while Jef and I are here in Peru, she and a friend will be going to Budapest and Prague. We're all watching and wondering how the immigration situation in Hungary will affect their train trip plans from Budapest to Prague! Second, I take back what I said about the hotel in Lima having the hardest bed EVER-- the bed in this hotel is basically a mattress pad on a cement slab...I suppose there's some kind of...

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Jul 8, 2014 - Ollantaytambo - The Leisure Day

The day begins with a shower, packing and organizing our luggage, breakfast then a walk into town to hang out with the local people.These people have colorful outfits and the women have beautiful hats - all symbolizing something or another. We stop at Blue Magic Restaurant mainly to use the Wi-Fi - ordered ginger tea, which had fresh cut up pieces of ginger in the infuser with lemon and honey. DELISH. We sat outside, checked email and observed the locals, a perfect morning. Back to the B&B to check-out, heading back to Cusco, the first leg...

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Jul 7, 2014 - MACHU PICCHU

I did not sleep at all Sunday night - too anxious about the trek to climb MP. The morning is finally here. Up and out, with our breakfast to go, compliments of Kathy and Henry (owners of the B&B). Since it's so early in the morning we take a mototaxi to the train station. It takes about 90 minutes to arrive at the MP train station. A bus takes you up the mountain that has about 8 switchbacks and a view, of course, that is incredible. If only the camera could capture the true beauty. Finally, we arrive and really there are no words to...

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