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Photos: Pisac, Peru

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

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Some Sacred Valley pics. The view on the way back to Cusco was awesome. Didn?t get any photos because of all the water fights.
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The rest of these are all different areas of the Incan site. I liked this place better than MP because it was spread all over a couple different mountains, and the views of the valley were much better. I am sure the food back them was a lot more accessible here. This was the site where a tour took almost five hours which was based on starting on the top and not having to walk up from the city at the base.
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I have some photos of the Carnaval as well but my laptop ate them. I need to see if I can recover them. It locked up halfway while copying the file folder so the last section is there but I can?t open them. Every time I try the computer locks up. I?ll work on it though.

Photos: Machu Picchu, Peru

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

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I got there way too early. Being the rainy season, there was always morning fog that had to burn off. Still some cool photos.
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I had about two hours to burn so I did some Llama hunting.
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Damn things can get a bit pissy when you don?t tip them.
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We did about five takes before we got a good one.
This was one of the bad ones. Others were too sexy, too much teeth, too grouchy, too mean.
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Finally, we got one that was just right.
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And then the fog cleared and I got to take a bunch of photos of rocks. A lot of these were actually important locations. I just need to backtrack and start naming them. Maybe later. You could always buy a MP book and look it up for me.
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I need to grab some food before all the restaurants close otherwise I have to eat the two day old avocado sandwich that I threw away in the used toilet paper bin in my hotel room.

Ahhhh. BBQ meat on a stick with a potato on the end. Just can?t beat it. I am trying to increase my intake on food so my standard diet is about five skewers for dinner, a quarter chicken meal for lunch, a mango and avocado sandwiches for snacks. Of course about two litres a day of Fanta as well. Oh well, back to the pics.

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This guy rode the train to AC, took the bus up the hill, and it still might have killed him.
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The hordes have arrived.
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I was impressed with the rock work done by the Incas until I saw this guy make three almost perfectly square rocks in a half an hour using a chisel and a hammer. He did this while his wife and baby made lunch.
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If I have time I might come back and label some of the photos. No promises though.

Photos: Aguas Calientes, Peru

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
aguas caliente.JPG (That was for you Lyn Gordon.) Just a few shots of the little train station/Machu Picchu base camp. It was very touristic and pretty expensive, but since it was off season, I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Inca Rail, Peru

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
incarail (1).JPG This is the entry point to both the actual Inca Trail and my entry point to the railroad tracks. Their way $200US, my way, free baby. View image View image [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Ollantaytambo, Peru

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
ollantaytambo (12).JPG Olly was my kick off for the Inca Rail to Machu Picchu. It was also the first real Inca ruins that I got to see that was more of a whole ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 271 Puno, Peru: Finally, the end of backtracking.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
Today was going to be a work and a quick adventure day. I had a backlog of a week of entries on the blog with photos, plus I wanted to finish off my last mission in Peru, Lake Titicaca. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 270 Cusco, Peru: No need for a shower.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
cusco II.JPG With my eternal clock stuck on 5am, I was up still debating about what to do. I kind of justified it as a mini Macchu Picchu and figured that I might ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 269 Pisac, Peru: Pisac Carnaval.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
Pisac blog.JPG The route from Cusco to Olly takes you through what is called The Valle Sagrado or Sacred Valley of the Rio Urubamba. In laymans view, it is a gorgeous valley that ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 268 Inca Rail to Ollantaytambo, Peru: Ohhh Man, I ache.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
incarail (29).JPG As the title suggested, I did the walk. It was both mentally and physically draining. It was mentally tough because I had to plan out each step to make sure ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 267 Machu Picchu, Peru: The challenge is conquered and on budget.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
machu picchu.JPG My Machu Picchu day was an early one. What usually happens is that everyone wants to be up on the hill overlooking MP when the sun comes up to get that ... [Continue reading this entry]