Horseback Riding in the Mountains

We got up Saturday morning filled with anticipation.  Today we were going to be horseback riding for the day in the mountains around Urubamba.  After a wonderfully fresh breakfast with jam, eggs, and produce directly from the grounds of the hotel, we were picked up at 8am by our guide.  The drive to the ranch … Continue reading


Friday after finishing up at our project Carrie and I headed to Urubamba.  Because she had asked earlier at the Maximo office where we to find the buses that we needed we headed straight for the bus terminal.  When we got there, It turned out it was not actually a terminal, but rather a kind … Continue reading

A (touristy) Peruvian Restaurant

Thursday was Julie’s last night in the house and as is the custom she picked out a place for us to go have dinner.  I had lent her my travel book earlier in the week when we were discussing possible places.  There were several interesting restaurants mentioned in the book that featured Peruvian food and … Continue reading

Random Thoughts (Really just some more pictures)

My explorations have been curtailed a bit as I am nursing my foot-it has to be better in time to do the Inca trail in three weeks.  Consequently I am not roaming around the city as much as I have the past two weeks.  A taxi now gets me to and from the project minimizing … Continue reading

Wrapping up the Weekend- Carnival

Today was Carnival and when I woke up around 6:30am and peeked out the window in my room near my bed I saw blue sky which, perhaps, was a good omen for the big festival on the plaza later in the day.  As usual the room had warmed up overnight so it was not a … Continue reading

It’s festival time!

I had big plans when I left the house Thursday morning.  My Spanish class had been moved to 11:30 thus I had an extra hour and a half in the morning to do some touring or just wander around a bit.  I decided to use that time to visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.  My … Continue reading

A Typical Day

Now that I have settled into a routine I thought I would share a typical day.  I get up somewhere between 7-8am, depending on what time I went to bed the night before and how much Spanish homework I have left to do.  My room is very comfortable, if somewhat chilly- I have three heavy … Continue reading

A flavor of the food

It has been a lot of fun trying different foods and I am only getting started.  After looking around and learning more about the cuisine I realized I will need to write several entries about the food here.  First and foremost the “pastry of the day” program is alive and well and has been expanded … Continue reading

A visit with a new friend

Sunday was rather relaxed compared to Saturday when I was running around the city all day.  Carrie, who I have mentioned before, a new friend from Colorado who is also down here volunteering (and we are working together at the same project), also likes to do yoga and found a yoga studio.  So she and … Continue reading

Cusco on foot

If you ever come to Cusco (and I recommend it) you absolutely, positively, without a doubt must tour the main Cathedral located on the Plaza des Armes.  It is one of the most beautiful cathedrals that I have ever seen.  It is actually three churches built together under one roof with the main Cathedral in … Continue reading

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