This past Spring, Joline and I embarked on what we considered a trip of a lifetime. Our jaunt took us from the Beaches of Rio, through the Jungles of Iguassu Falls, to the “Paris of South America (Buenos Aires), all the way over to Peru and the Land of the Incas. Below are some of the highlights in photos. Enjoy!
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A South American Escape Part 1 – Miami
A South American Escape Part 2 – Rio de Janeiro
A South American Escape Part 3 – Iguassu Falls/Foz Do Iguacu
A South American Escape Part 4 – Buenos Aires
A South American Escape Part 5 – Lima
A South American Escape Part 6 – Sacred Valley of the Incas
A South American Escape Part 7 – Machu Picchu
A South American Escape Part 8 – Cusco
A South American Escape Part 9 – Lima Redux…and home.
On a bright crisp morning, it was time for the coup de gras…Machu Picchu.
Because of the flooding in the area, we could not take the train the entire way to Agua Calientes, the Machu Picchu base camp.
We took individual buses from the Ollantaytambo Station to Piscacuchi where we boarded the train.
A trip to Machu Picchu, the stone-stacked “Lost City of the Incas” that towers 8,000 feet above sea level in Peru, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience within itself.
The trains were actually surprisingly luxurious.
These floods in January 2010 cut access to Machu Picchu thus strangling the area’s economy. The route took months to restore and we were among the first groups there.
Puppy taking nap at the train station. It was so busy around it and it did not seem to mind. 🙂
After the switchback ascent, we caught our first glimpse. Wow. But the fog. @!#$!@$
A passerby told us, “…if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes…”. She was right.
There were hikers all over…weary and exhausted.
Alpaca were all over.