Peru – Part 3 – Lima

Peru – Part 3 – Lima

Introduction We were on both a high and a low in Lima. The high was from just finishing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The low was from just finishing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as we were still tired from the effort. With this frame of mind, we made the most of our two full days in one of the biggest cities in South America. We had no desire to go to the beach along the Atlantic coastline. We did not have time to go in every interesting church we passed,…continue reading →
Peru – Part 2 – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Peru – Part 2 – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Introduction For years, a group of us discussed hiking the Inca Trail. We did not know much except it went over high mountains in the clouds. We finally made it and found we would share the path with local folk. We discovered it is just as hard going down as up. We lamented that everyone could not finish. When we made it to Machu Picchu, we agreed it was worth the effort. Our Story Remarkably my wife Khadija, our friends Steve and Nick, and I coordinated our schedules for the Inca Trail hike…continue reading →
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 →