Sacred Valley

Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
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Trip End Aug 10, 2010


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Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Today I finally feel normal, so after suffering for 10 days, I learned a VERY valuable lesson. When I start feeling sick, go to the Doctor, don't wait and think that my body will be able to fight off the bacteria on its own! Get the meds, it works!

The second lesson I learned this week, was anytime we go to a place with lots of people, don't bring any valuables.  Nik was pick pocketed at the Soccer match and our video camera was stolen.  It only had our photos of Machu Picchu on there....boohoo.   I did have a premonition prior to going to the game, so I left my purse at home.  I guess its one less thing to carry!  At least I still have my other camera.

The game was awesome.  Cusco won 2 to 0.  Of course the second goal was embarrassingly made by Uruguay! 

Friday, we had a big party for the kids at the orphanage.  The day before, we had shopped for presents (toys for the little ones and socks and underwear for the big kids), candy, balloons, cake and snacks.  The kids put on a play for us.  We also had a piñata which the kids took down after one smack!  It was a good party!  My little Anthony came to me after we had given out some of the presents and he said he would rather have socks than the toy!  I told him I would get him some socks!  Wow!

Nikolas has really found a new love:  horseback riding!  We went horseback riding again, but this time, it was only us and the guide, Gabrielle.  He took us way up into the mountains.  It was absolutely gorgeous.  We stopped and I sat in between the trees and the sun was warmly hitting my face.  I must have dozed off for 20 minutes.  These Andes Mountains generate powerful energies.  I dreamt that I was flying.  And I didn’t even have any coca leaves!  I can see why the Incas respected these mountains and the land.  The diverse landscape and climate makes for a hard life though.

On Sunday, we took a tour to Sacred Valley.  I knew that when the bus arrived, I was not going to like this tour!  The bus was big and there were lots of people.  This is a sign that you will be herded like cows!  But so many people said that this tour was great and I listened.  The bus stopped and we were told that we needed to go with another bus.  So four of us crammed into a taxi in the back, while the taxi driver is speeding over the mountains, weaving in and out of traffic, and coming close to the edge, making me sick!  Nik said he drives like grandpa!!!! LOL.    I was surprised that he didn’t get sick.  We finally caught up to our correct tour bus on the other side of the mountain.  By this time, I was not feeling good; so on the way to Pisac, I slept.

The ruins at Pisac were absolutely beautiful.  It’s amazing the amount of ruins there are in Cusco and surrounding areas.  Both Pisac and Ollantaytambo should be on the map with Machu Picchu.  Of course, what make Machu Picchu great are the surrounding mountains. 

I really wish we would have gone to these by ourselves, as I would have like to stay at the top for a little while before being herded down to the bus so fast.  Actually, this is my third lesson this week.  No more big bus tours!

We are off to the Amazon on Saturday, which will be a nice change from Cusco.  From everyone who has already been, I know we will see some amazing creatures but again COLD showers!  When will I ever have a hot shower?

NIKOLAS' BLOG
On Thursday we went to another soccer match there were a lot of people. There must have been at least 5000 people. While we walking through the crowd someone stole the video camera. My mom was so mad!  But other than that it was a great, between Cusco, Peru vs. Uruguay the score was 2-0 and Peru won. Some of the men sitting next to us were chanting "hijo de p?ta, hijo the p?ta" to the referee making bad calls.  If you understand Spanish then you’ll know what I mean.  They even threw a potato at him but it just misses his head.

On Friday we had the party for orphans. Every kid got ¼ of a chicken after that they had cake and ice cream. Then when the orphans were lining up for the piñata. The first kid in line open it and when the candy and toys fell out the orphans went crazy and they were like animals. The big kids got socks and underwear. The small kids got toy cars and candy.

Then on Saturday we went horse back riding again and it was amazing. I had a nice yellow horse, called a Palomino, that was beautiful.

On Sunday we went to Sacred Valley.  It was cool to see all the faces on the mountains and different sites were amazing. The first stop was Pisac market and I brought 2 very small flutes. We hiked up to the Pisac ruins,  it was awesome up there, but it was scary coming down. The second stop was at Urubamba and that is where we had lunch a had pasta the ketchup look like blood.  I also ate salmon, which was really good.          


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ggoodrum
ggoodrum on

Life Lessons
Fantastic pictures, and great commentary. I think that you may have missed your true calling in life, and should have been a travel writer.

Too bad about the video camera.

seymour
seymour on

jus seeing wassup
hey gal jus check up on you two. those people may look innocent but be careful, the will thief you. Sorry to here about your camera. Be safe. It seems as if you're have a great time. Everybody is back at school. tell nik tyler and trenton move to nassau. till later, miss you too

tarabauer
tarabauer on

Anthony
Maybe you should bring Anthony back to the Bahamas with you :) The sock comment melted my heart...

worldtraveler2
worldtraveler2 on

Re: Life Lessons
Thank you so much for the compliment. I was a bit afraid for everyone to see my writing...Hope all is well in the good ole Bahamas.

worldtraveler2
worldtraveler2 on

Re: jus seeing wassup
We are now in Argentina, way too many people and traffic. I think we prefer Peru! So, they finally moved in with your sister? Miss you. Charlotte & Nik

worldtraveler2
worldtraveler2 on

Re: Anthony
I think I would have brought him home if we werent travelling the world....he stole my heart!

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