2016 Peru: Funny Things Happened on the Way to Puno

Days 13-14: Cusco to Puno

Crazy, fun, not so fun and interesting are good adjectives for experiences in store for us on our way to and in Puno. These included the crazy town of Juliaca, having a reason to say “Lake Titicaca”, dealing with altitude sickness, and visiting the unique floating islands of the Uros people. Continue reading “2016 Peru: Funny Things Happened on the Way to Puno”

2016 Peru: Cusco via the Sacred Valley

Days 10-11 – Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Skylodge Adventure Suites

The first stop on our way to Cusco was a short distance from Ollantaytambo. We briefly paused to take photos of the Skylodge Adventure Suites. They are often referred to as the,  “Edgiest hotel in the world.” The views of the Urubamba River and Sacred Valley would be fantastic, but not for me.  Why?

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2016 Peru: Touring Machu Picchu

Day 8: Machu Picchu

Getting There

The route to Machu Picchu is not straight forward. For us, it involved motorcycle, train and bus rides. We rode to Ollantaytambo via motorcycles. The next morning we took the 0630 shuttle train to Aquas Calientes (about 1.5 hours). There we took the shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu (about 30 minutes).  

The train ride was comfortable and scenic. The “Road of Death,” not so much.

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2016 Peru: Viewing the Nazca Lines

Day 6: The Ancient Nazca Lines

We traveled from Puerto Inka to Nazca via the Pan American Highway. In Nazca most of us signed up for an airplane tour over the Nazca Lines and Geoglyphs. Flying in third world countries makes me nervous.

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Puerto Inka Resort: Beauty and the Beast

Day 5: Mahes River Lodge to Puerto Inka

Puerto Inka is a small Resort near Chala, Peru. It has charm with upscale accommodations and a beautiful cove with a beach on the Pacific Ocean. It was a tranquil redoubt with the waves quietly washing up the beach. That was until Rodney irritated Rita.

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Exploring Historic Arequipa


Historic Arequipa

I spent a total of four and a half days in historic Arequipa, Peru. It is the second most populous city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. A visual aspect of Arequipa is the use of white sillar earth in construction. Due to this it is also known as the “White City”.  Continue reading “Exploring Historic Arequipa”

Arequipa Zip Line

Arequipa Zip Line

Arequipa-Zipline03_sladeBelow is a video of me riding the Arequipa zip line in Arequipa, Peru. It was part of the city bus tour we took our second day. The first section is 750 meters long. The second is 250 meters long to get you back across the Rio Chili where you must hike back up to the original launch point.

The hike, at a 7,500 foot elevation, was taxing for this old-over-weight guy. Although it was a struggle with a few stops for a breather, it felt good. Significantly, I had no signs of altitude sickness. I attribute that to my steady diet of coca candy and frequently chewing a cud of coca leaves.

Thanks to Slade and Dan (members of the Motoquest tour group) for letting me use their videos along with my own.