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 […]

Lake Titicaca – Copacabana and Puno

Reed Boat - Island of the Sun - Lake Titicaca

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]