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Monthly Archives: March 2012

After seven weeks of volunteering, taking some side trips and a grand adventure on the Inca Trail, it is time to say good-bye to Cusco and head back home to Houston.  Today (Friday) was my last day.  Tomorrow I am off to the airport for the marathon voyage home.  The time has flown by and I have had a wonderful time experiencing life here in Peru and meeting so many people.  The… Read More

Having made the decision the day before that we were going to get up early and get in line to beat the crowds we were mentally braced for the 3:20am wake up call, but nonetheless it seemed to come early.  As we moved about and packed up we heard sounds from the campsite next door so we were not the only ones getting an early start. It was dark, of course, but… Read More

Even though we had an early wake-up call, 5:30am, we could start a bit more leisurely since we only had about 9 km to hike. We had the third pass to get through but needed to climb only 200m or so to reach it.  The big challenge of the day would be the 1000 meters (a little over 3000 feet) in altitude we would be descending. The third campsite, a mere four… Read More

We were all exhausted from the climb of day before and slept fairly well but the 5:00am wake up call seemed to come early.  It was cloudy and misty when we crawled out of our tents.  A layer of clouds covered the valley below and most of the peaks surrounding us, although some stubbornly poked through.  As the sun rose the light glanced off of both the peaks and the clouds causing… Read More

Finally after being in Peru for almost six weeks it was time to go hike the Inca Trail and see Machu Picchu, one of the reasons I had come to Peru in the first place.  On Tuesday night, the day before the trek started, the company I had booked with, Enigma, had a meeting to go over logistics and schedule.  It was there that I met our guide, Erick, his assistant, Elbin,… Read More

Hey everyone, just checking in. I got back from Lima with no problems (and even was able to have a conversation with the LAN agent about luggage in Spanish!!!).  I am leaving tomorrow for the Inca Trail trip, which I am really looking forward to.  Everyone who has either gone on the four day hike to Machu Pichu (as I am going to do) or simply taken the train there has come… Read More

I got a late start on Saturday, but then again what defines early or late when you are on vacation?  I decided to simply meander around the Miraflores district on Saturday and not head back to the city center.  First on the list of things to do was a visit to an adobe pyramid, the Huaca Pucllana, which was located on the edge of San Isidor. It is a pre-Incan pyramid dating… Read More

Well I finally made it to Lima after a two hour delay at the airport in Cusco.  Apparently Peruvian Air was running late (which makes me worry a bit about my connection to the US when I return, but that is a problem for another day!).  There is not much to do in the Cusco airport so I studied Spanish and people-watched to idle away the time.  The flight from Cusco to… Read More

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago when we visited the Molino market there was a whole section devoted to food and produce.  Since Ricardo, our Spanish teacher, was along I took advantage of his local knowledge and was quizzing him about some of the odds and ends that I saw in the stalls but did not recognize.   One of the biggest mysteries to me was a grey flat item… Read More

We woke Sunday morning to a wet world.  The rain was gone but it was still very cloudy and drizzly.  We had an early wake up call, needing to be at the boat at 8am for our departure to the next island.  After a simple breakfast of a pancake with some sugar we said good-bye to our host family and were escorted down to the harbor.  The combination of clouds and damp… Read More

Six of us decided to take a weekend trip to Lake Titicaca this past weekend.  Several of the other volunteers had done this trip and recommended it so those of us who had not gone yet got a group together and signed up.  The itinerary had us leaving on the overnight bus out of Cusco to Puno, a large city on the northwest coast of the lake and the departure point for… Read More

Thursday in Spanish class we had a field trip.  Ricardo, our Spanish teacher, offered to take Elizabeth and I (the only two in the class) on an excursion to the local market, Molino.  Elizabeth and I thought it would be great to go and see it so we agreed with Ricardo’s proposal. To the tourists and visitors Molino is known as the black market because it is possible to buy, amongst other… Read More