Peru – Part 1 – Cusco & Sacred Valley

Peru – Part 1 – Cusco & Sacred Valley

Introduction We traveled to the heart of Inca country to see the remnants of their civilization in the towering Andes, such as these ruins in Pisac. Afterwards, we traveled to the village of Pisac for lunch and walked by the shops and street vendors. We saw a woman holding something on a stick. We looked closely and saw she was selling a small animal for food. It was a Cuy (pronounced Coo-ee), the local name for guinea pig. Even though it was being offered on the roadside, it is considered a delicacy. We…continue reading →
Lake Titicaca – Copacabana and Puno

Lake Titicaca – Copacabana and Puno

Introduction We arrived at Lake Titicaca on the Altiplano. According to Inca lore, this is the place where the Sun and Moon were born. We were amazed by the animal representations on traditional reed boats. The animal images repeated themselves everywhere we went. Coincidental? Maybe. Then we saw the Tellytubby building. We were reminded we were traveling through the Andes where we understood very little of the fascinating cultures. Our Story Khadija, my wife, our friend Steve and I were on the way to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Piccu in Peru…continue reading →
Bolivia – Part 2 – Sucre, Potosi & Salar de Uyuni

Bolivia – Part 2 – Sucre, Potosi & Salar de Uyuni

Introduction We crept through the dark, damp  and dusty tunnels in Cerro Rico, the biggest silver producing mountain in the history of the world. We took a break, while a veteran miner named Eduardo chewed coca leaves. In between bites, he told us most miners do not live until their sixties like him, because of accidents and silicosis. We bent and twisted as walked further in the cramp passages. We were directed to a short tunnel to meet Tio (Uncle). Tio is the god of this mine. He had a cigarette in his…continue reading →
Bolivia – Part 1 – La Paz

Bolivia – Part 1 – La Paz

Introduction La Paz is a place to get high, constantly high. I am not referring to ingesting mind-altering drugs. Rather I am talking about being closer to the sun. Before I arrived, I knew La Paz is the highest capital city in the world at approximately 12,000 feet (3650 meters). I did not know that most walking there would be on steep slopes. I did not know that there are cable cars crisscrossing between the surrounding mountains that are another 1,000 feet about the ground. I did not know that the surrounding snowcapped…continue reading →