TRAVEL ALONG WITH ME
Travel is one of my passions, but another is photography. Since my trips are only occasional, I have decided to add more of my photographic experiences to this blog.
Since you are obviously here, please enjoy.
BELOW ARE PAST ADVENTURES. CLICK A LINK TO SEE WHAT MY EYES HAVE CAPTURED.
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Friday, July 27, 2012
We intend to take the bus or train to Seattle and spend a couple of days before embarking on our Holland America cruise.
More to follow, including pictures if the rain doesn't dampen our spirits.
Monday, July 23, 2012
|Breaking the chains of the past, the|
people of Peru look to the future
Police preparing for demonstrators
Display in Franciscan Catacombs
Parque de la Reserva
Always a showoff
Light Show Intro
First view of shanty town we visited
I'm not sure
How they prepare community dinner
OAT's present of tomorrows dinner
Modern day area to offer sacrifice
Typical Lima traffic
Reflections on the waterfront
The Sacred Valley
First view of the Urubamba River
Overnight at Villa Urubamba
Farmer hard at work
Guinea Pigs (see below)
Meet the in-laws
Rafting on the Urubamba River
Look who's in the front
Home hosted lunch. Preparing the chili rellenos
The finished product
Remember the Guinea Pig. Tastes like duck.
|Potter at work|
|I have to climb up there!|
|Perfect workmanship by the Inca|
Tuesday, July 17
|Start of our 2 hour trek to the Sun Gate|
|Ah, finally the sun breaks though|
|Finally made it|
|Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate overlook|
|Our hearty group|
|Early morning traffic|
|Cleaning the bronze by hand with lemon|
Thursday, July 19
A 2 hours drive with the ice capped Andes always in our line of sight, to the Incan ruins of Moray, an ancient agricultural laboratory made up of a series of concentric terraces. From there we headed to Chinchero (elevation 12,500 feet), and visited an elementary school, supported by the Grand Circle Foundation. We were entertained by the students and then sat in a classroom and interacted with them. If the children's dreams come true, Peru's future is very bright. We then went to a village of weavers who are continuing in the ancient traditions of Peru's Quechua (pronounced Ketchuwa). We partook of a meal of potatoes and rice which was a high (12500ft)light as our host at the table, Lucy, answered our many questions and proved to be very knowledgeable of America. On top of working daily at this weaving cooperative, she also drives into Cusco daily to go to school. Her dream is to be a tourist guide. We had a demonstration of how they spin the wool and make the dyes, all natural as did their ancestors. Finally we participated in a Curandero ceremony, a healing ritual with Incan roots, by a mestizo medicine man.
|Moray, an ancient agricultural laboratory|
|Preparing the adobe|
|Adobe bricks drying|
|Students welcoming us to their school|
|Absorbed or day-dreaming?|
|Spinning the wool|
|Medicine man, do you take my health insurance?|
Friday, July 20
The last day in Cusco, so the morning is spent walking the streets. The area around the central square is teaming with tourists and vendors. Marco, our guide pointed out many areas of Incan influence. We also visited the local mercado/market, and the Plaza de Armas to savor the pulse of the city. Before returning to the hotel, we climbed the steps to a chocolate museum, where we sampled their locally produced items, but also chocolate tea, a very pleasant drink. After our dinner tonight, it is time to pack and look forward to our return to Lima for a day and then home.
|Turned left, and this view caught my eye|
|Vicuña - the rarest fleece of all|
|Please buy from me!|
|Better his head than mine|
|Smile and the whole world smiles, but this is ridiculous|
My dream has been realized, the experiences will remain long after the my return, and my only wish is that I could have spent more time in Peru, a beautiful country, with an interesting past and with people who look to the future. Overseas Adventure Travels' guide, Marco was both knowledgeable and caring. My fellow travelers were a fun group that made the trip even more enjoyable.
……….. until the next the next journey begins………. (August 12th cruise to Alaska)
©Mort Berman 7.22.12