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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

Another busy week here at the ranch, but we’re loving it. This Spring has been lovely this year, and we’ve had some hot days, but mostly it’s been especially nice this year.

Lovely views at Machu Picchu, Peru

Tbt: Old Peru

Basilica in Arequipa Peru (vintage Postcard via Cardcow)

Have a great weekend!

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!

 

Strong quake rocks northern Peru, one dead

We awoke today to the news of another strong earthquake in Peru. Natalia emailed us from Tarapoto, and said that the power had gone out, but everything appears to be OK.

Peruvian authorities were scrambling to assess the damage after an earthquake with a magnitude as high as 8.0 rocked the Peruvian Amazon region in the early hours of Sunday morning, leaving at least one person dead.

Source: Strong quake rocks northern Peru, one dead – Reuters

Meanwhile in Yurimaguas, there was some damage. The old adobe structures don’t do well in the big quakes as this photo via El Comercio shows:

Earthquake damage in Yurimaguas, Peru (Via El Comercio)

We’ve been to Yurimaguas several times as it’s a great place to catch a cargo boat to Iquitos. It’s a growing port city in the Amazon river network.

Our prayers and best wishes go out to all affected.

 

 

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