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Oct 17, 2003 - Cusco: First week at Spanish Language school

I arrived on the 12th (Sunday) and straight away suffered from altitude sickness. I was really bad on Sunday, very confused and kept forgetting what I was doing. The funny thing was I knew what I was doing wrong, so we spent most of the time laughing at my stupidity. I started the "Amigos" Spanish Language School on Monday and moved in with a local Cusquean family (as part of the 3 week course). The school is excellent, and the fee goes towards teaching one child to speak English, hence giving them a better chance of getting a decent...

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Aug 23, 2003 - Cusco, Peru - The Navel of the World (text)

31 JUL -- 15 AUG Cusco Takes Your Breath Away Literally . . . Southwest of Lima in the Andes Mountains, Cusco rests in a shallow plateau 3,400 meters (2.1 miles) above sea level. Rich in history, culture and natural beauty, Cusco is a jewel of Peru. But it is the high elevation and not the wonders of the city that overwhelmed us during our first few hours here. Almost from the moment we descended onto the tarmac, we moved in torpor, our bodies sluggish and unsteady as we navigated ourselves to a waiting car. Climbing the short, steep hill...

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Aug 5, 2003 - The End of Machu Picchu

Copyright 2004 David Rich 1600 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com T h e E n d o f M a c h u P i c c h u The "wow" factor of the world's greatest archeological treasures puts Machu Picchu at or near the top, along with Petra in Jordan, Luxor in Egypt, Ankgor Wat in Cambodia, the Terracotta Warriors near Xi'an, China, and Bagan in Myanmar, among others. But when it comes to that most important of factors—location, setting, and surroundings, Machu Picchu is number one, likely tied with Petra which is strewn along miles of red-rock canyons frequented...

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Jul 10, 2003 - These Incas will be the ruin of us

Forty two pictures - ARE YOU KIDDING? Okay, I admit I got a bit carried away, Think of it this way if you look at them then we won`t bore you with our snaps when we get back and if you don`t then we`ll never know...
Day 1 - The Warm Up It was with more than slight apprehension that we were collected from the hostel at 7.30am last Tuesday. After hearing so many different things about the Inca Trail, we had no idea what to expect or how difficult it was going to be. Basically you walk about 42km over four days...

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Jun 30, 2003 - There´s always a prettier llama round the corner

By rights we should both now be fluent in Spanish. I mean we've done a whole week of lessons, four hours a day and it was private tuition as well. Anyway, we're not - far from it. I think we did learn quite a lot but of course as soon as you try and put it into practise you realise just how little you actually know. Basic conversations are just about manageable but anything beyond that is probably another month of lessons away. It has actually been quite nice to stay in one place for a while though and Cusco is a great town to unpack the...

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Jun 22, 2003 - It's a jungle out there kid

Extract of feature that Cara has written for an online travel guide www.travelmag.co.uk: It's five in the morning, a tropical storm is rumbling somewhere in the distance, and we've just had our wake-up call. It's time to pack up the bags and tents and head off, a relatively simple task made tediously slow by the absense of electricity. We head down to the riverbank and the boat, as the first spears of sunrise push through the clouds and the last of the rain settles, making a thousand new homes for the milling mosquitoes. It's the last...

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Apr 28, 2003 - Day 1 of the Inca Trail

Aguas Calientes, Peru, 01MAY03, 3:25pm Hello!!! Today was day 1 of the Inca Trail. After having arrived at our hotel last night, the receptionist at the desk had told us to be in the lobby at 8am to meet our tour guide who would take us to the group. We woke up at 6am, re-packed to remove a few things from our heavy packs, had a quick breakfast, filtered more water and arrived in the lobby a little late (8:15am). No guide. Ok...they´re running a little late...the guy who told us about our tour had said 8:15-8:30, so we waited. Tick,...

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Apr 26, 2003 - Our Free Day in Cusco

Cusco, Peru 26APR03, 10:46am Got up around 7am, showered, and headed to breakfast in the hotel (free every day). Decided to wander around Cusco today after we update all of you with what we´ve been up to...it´s taken a little longer than we anticipated, but a lot has happened in the last few days. More to come!!! We´re off to explore Cusco... Amanda:) and Jim Update - Cusco, Peru 26APR03 9:15pm Our free day in Cusco was a nice relaxing day. After our last update, we stopped at an outdoor store to see if we could find some rubber tips for...

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Jul 4, 1989 - Tuesday July 4th

A lazy day today. We had to book our tickets for tomorrow's trip to Puno and Lake Titicaca, but the lady at the hotel had kindly offered to stand in line to get those for us. We all needed more currency and we also wanted to mail our postcards. (R1) Currency was no problem as there were money changers on every street corner, giving black market rates for our U.S. dollars, which apparently is quite legal in Peru. After a leisurely breakfast we set off to the post office which meant walking the length of the busiest street in Cuzco. Our guide...

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Jul 3, 1989 - Monday July 3rd

MONDAY JULY 3rd At 7.30 a.m. after an early breakfast we started to walk along the railway tracks towards Machu Picchu station. The tracks followed the Urubamba Valley and the twenty minute walk through beautiful scenery was delightful. From Machu Picchu station we took a bus for the hair-raising ascent along hairpin bends up the steep cliffs. After leaving the bus we walked along a short path and saw Machu Picchu spread before us. "A jewel in the mist". What an appropriate description! Machu Picchu was "discovered" in 1911, although the...

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Jul 2, 1989 - An Amazing Train Ride

SUNDAY JULY 2nd On our return from Sacsayhuaman, yesterday, we arranged, with a mini-bus driver in the plaza, to take us, today, to some places of interest, and then leave us at a place called Ollantaytambo, which is about half way along the Inca trail, and from where we could make our own way to Machu Picchu. We stored our luggage at the hotel, and carrying just a change of underwear and a toothbrush, reported to the bus for an eight o'clock start. Leaving the city we passed through narrow winding streets, in what appeared to be a very...

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