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Machu Picchu Monday

Yet another Monday. While Arizona is sweltering under summer heat, we managed to sneak away for a few days to check up on things in Tarapoto, in the Cloud Forest of Peru. We have an Airbnb there, and it’s always good to keep a watchful eye. We’ve also noticed that we can get work done when we’re there, but the moment we leave, it seems like everyone forgets about us & nothing more happens.  In case you’re curious, here’s a link.

Today is the hard travel day home. We’re now ready for our trip in the fall though. In addition to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, we’re going to spend some time in Tarapoto again as well as explore some famous sites in Lima. It will be the very first time that we’re hosting any acquaintances, so we want everything to be as perfect as we can make it.

Here’s today’s Machu Picchu view… Enjoy!

Lovely views at Machu Picchu, Peru

Llamas at Machu Picchu, Peru

Inside Machu Picchu

 

Machu Picchu Monday

The months are flying by, and we’re so looking forward to our trip to Machu Picchu in the Fall.

Meanwhile, we can only dream…

More ruins near Cuzco

Machu Picchu Monday

Monday, Monday can’t trust that day…

Machu Picchu is still there though…

Mysterious & awesome, Machu Picchu

 

Machu Picchu Monday

Our trip to Machu Picchu in the Fall is already booked. Now we’re just counting the days…

Inside Machu Picchu

 

 

Machu Picchu Monday

Hope everyone had a good Memorial Day last Monday. We enjoyed a quieter weekend at last…

Meanwhile, the planning continues for our trip this fall to Machu Picchu. Can’t wait!

 

Machu Picchu Monday

It was an exciting weekend, as we finally met with our friends to arrange for our Machu Picchu trip later this year.

There will be six of us going, so there are the many logistical concerns, and timing and coordination is critical. Luckily, our friend Pen was a former travel agent full time, and can not only organize it much better than I; she also finds good little discounts. Sometimes it means the difference between a so-so hotel, and something much more comfortable for just a few dollars more.

We stole an itinerary from someone else (here,) and adapted it to what we already know. It’s not that we’re experts or anything, but really there are only so many places that you can go to in the Sacred Valley. It ends up being 15 days start to finish, and gets a pretty darn good sampling of Peru.

DAY 1: SACRED VALLEY (CCOCHAHUASI & PISAC)

DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY (MARAS, MORAY, & OLLANTAYTAMBO)

DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU

DAY 4: CUSCO

DAY 5: CUSCO RUINS (SACSAYHUAMAN & PUKA PUKARA)

DAY 6: LAKE TITICACA TRAIN

DAY 7: LAKE TITICACA

DAY 8: PUNO –> LIMA

DAY 9: LIMA

Source: Detailed Itinerary for 9 Days in Peru | Cusco, Lake Titicaca, and Lima | A Happy Passport

The extra time will be spent in Tarapoto & extra explorations around Lima. I’d be excited, but my head hurts from all the planning work… It sure will be worth it though!

In the Plaza de Armas Lima, Peru

Machu Picchu Monday

The wedding was delightful. So nice to see young people in love, and having a good time. Always special to spend time with family back east too!

It’s Monday, and time Machu Picchu:

Ancient steps, Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu Monday

The excitement is growing as we’re finally actually doing some serious planning for our Peru trip in the fall. We have our tickets to Lima, and did surprisingly well on Copa Airlines. We like them because it’s a relatively quick flight, and coming back it’s a daytime flight (arriving Vegas at night.)

Leaving however, is a different story. The flight departs at 01:33 AM, so it’s a late night at the airport, and a red-eye flight. It always leaves me a little dazed, but  it ends up going fast as we sleep through the Las Vegas to Panama City part (about 6 hours,) and then drift in and out from Panama to Lima.

We arrive at 3:17 PM local Lima time, and will slouch over to the hotel, and grimly try and stay awake until as late as possible. Tentatively, our friends should be arriving at midnight. We don’t have their details yet…

Machu Picchu

 

Machu Picchu Monday

Yikes, this one got in late. Busy…yadda yadda yadda…

This is what I need…

Lovely views at Machu Picchu, Peru