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Feb 2, 2018 - Macchu Picchu wow!
Just going to bed after a very tiring but exciting day. Up at 5 to the sound of rain. Not something we have heard much of so far but we had to get packed and loaded up for the day we have been waiting for since the start of the trip. Driver picked us all up at 6 and drove us to the local train station. They have an incredible amount of stone block roads which makes for an uncomfortable journey. Only had one dodgy overtaking manoeuvre but as it was an ambulance I guess we can forgive them. Arrived at the station and boarded our train still a...Jump to full entry
Feb 1, 2018 - Maras and Moray and lazing by the swimming pool
Today we had a lay in and were picked up at 9 after a scrummy breakfast. First trip was to Maras where we looked around the concentric circles that they used to test crops - apparently. This was great as we beat the Chinese and Japanese visitors and managed to get back up to the top with little trouble. The area was miles from anywhere and the roads were dirt tracks at best. The nearest village was preparing for a festival and you could see people walking across the mountains for miles around. There was nothing else to do or see, including...Jump to full entry
Feb 1, 2018 - Exploring Maras and Moray
I got up at 2:30 to try to take the photo of the 4 moons in 1 in the most Sacred Valley, in the Sol y Luna Hotel. The four moons in one were the Full moon, the super moon nearest to earth, the blue moon and the red moon all in one night. Unfortunately we were not in the right place for a full eclipse plus it was cloudy. Came back to bed disappointed but happy that I had tried. We had a lazy start to the day but headed back into the mountains to visit Moray. The huge amphitheatre made up of concentric terraces was used as a food production...Jump to full entry
Jan 31, 2018 - Sacred valley and nice new hotel
Today we left Cusco and headed down to the Sacred Valley. The trip was the typical road chaos as everyone tried overtaking on blind bends, even a police car! We went to a Llama petting farm and Llama wool dyeing and weaving centre. We were a bit worried about the llamas as Bob kept telling us the horror stories of them spitting. Luckily these were friendly ones so no spit for us. The centre was interesting as they were dyeing the wool and weaving into blankets etc. We managed to find a very nice fridge magnet and a Christmas decoration....Jump to full entry
We got our in private coach a 16 seater for the 4 of us and headed up and over into the next valley where we stopped at Awanacancha or I wanna catch you outa to explore a small complex which held all sorts of llamas, vicuñas, alpacas and guanacos, which were hungry and needed to feed, and then and only then would they allow themselves to be photographed.in the complex there were a number of artisan families showing how through the use of herbs and spices, they were able to create many different colours for dying their products. We then had...Jump to full entry
Jan 30, 2018 - Monday Cusco PM
After a relaxing lunch in the hotel was on our way again this time on a half day afternoon trip around Old Cusco Town. The heart of the Inca civilisation but looked more like a Spanish town with a wonderful square surrounded by Cathedrals, Churches, marketplaces, houses with ballast fades and narrow steep tight houses leaving the square. Now remembering Daves prophecy about nice weather the skies were darkening at a terrific rate. We visited the major market place that sold all your usual items like sheeps head soup, llama sweetbreads,...Jump to full entry
Jan 30, 2018 - Tuesday Free day in Cusco.
EEveryone turned up for breakfast which was good as we all had survived the Guinea pig. We Thought we would explore the parts of city that we had not visited this included the planetarium. So we booked a taxi and waited only to be told that it was not open until this evening. So poor start but Alison and Irene got an immediate retail therapy high by procuring 2 delightful baby alpaca shawls. They had demonstrated the various styles they could achieve. To ensure that this training was not lost video and photos were taken. I managed my...Jump to full entry
Jan 30, 2018 - Cusco and the wandering tourists
Today we were left to our own devices to explore Cusco. The hotel staff told us that there was an event going on at the planiterium tonight to celebrate the full moon, which is the biggest one of the year. They contacted the people and told us to be ready at the Plaza for 5:30 in the evening. Armed with this knowledge and our vouchers for various museums we embarked on our day. First stop was the Alpaca garment shop as Alison and Irene wanted to try some shawls. They both got really nice ones and Alison took them back to the hotel whilst we...Jump to full entry
Awoke to the sound of cockerel crowing at 5am in the Heart of city of Cusco. This just demonstrates the cultural and technological shock that is Peru. Evidenced by women washing their clothes in the river whilst on their mobile phones, or the mud/cow pat hut with a satellite dish!!!. Everyone is a shop owner or sales person, the only problem is their products are the same as everyone's. It is such a hard subsistence existence, if they do not sell their products there is no alternative income. We have noted that the pressure to sell is much...Jump to full entry
Jan 29, 2018 - Cusco and a god like Overman!
Stuff from yesterday - forgot to say that we were nearly scammed by a chap at the airport. When we came to get our bags a chap started calling out Overman. We responded and he helped us get our bags. I thought about it and realised that he had probably seen our name on a board and just called it out. As we came outside there was a person from the tour operator with a board saying Overman. We quickly asked if he was with them and they said no. Fortunately he took our bags to the minibus and loaded them on. He then asked for a tip and we said...Jump to full entry
Jan 28, 2018 - Moving day - off to Cusco and the Theobalds
Today we had to get up at 5 for the trip to the airport. We had breakfast at 6 and waiting for our transport. There was a marathon being held along the seafront so we had to go through the old city to get to the airport. Very nice buildings that we will see more off in the next week or so. Arrived at the airport after seeing kamikaze motor cyclist and taxis enjoying the competition of little traffic so they could cut through the lorries and buses. We were put on the earlier flight and had to rush through the airport only to find that there...Jump to full entry
Jan 28, 2018 - Puno to Cusco Bus Trip
I got up at 5:15 to take the sunrise over the Lake unfortunately it was cloudy but still took some overcast photographs. Said to goodbye to Puno and headed north on a 36 seater executive coach on the La Punta deal Sol, The Road of the Sun to Cusco. I think the reason why it is executive is that there are only 12 of us on the coach. 4 Peruvian, 4 Germans, 2 English our guide Eric for the day and the Driver. The coach has wi fi and I am completing the trip whilst on the move another first. First stop after 90 minutes was a village called...Jump to full entry