Getting married!September 6, 2015 in the United States
We did that commitment thing. Thanks for all the well-wishes!
We did that commitment thing. Thanks for all the well-wishes!
Made it to East Lansing for a fun week of MSU and family fun!
After a long bumpy ride back to Cusco, Simon opted to stay in bed and the rest of us went out looking for a restaurant to eat. We found what appeared to be a nice upscale restaurant near the Plaza. Kayla and I both had burgers, ben had spaghetti and I forget what Sarah had. Rachel had said I needed to try pisco sour. Since it was happy hour, I ordered 1 to be split into 2 glasses for 10 soles ($3.33). No one else wanted the extra drink.
About 11 pm that evening, both Kayla and I got very sick. I vomited all night and she did that as well as diarrhea. I think my pisco sour killed those germs off so all I had to deal with was vomit.
1 Maras Salt Mines- different levels/types of salts produced
2-5 Maras Salt Mines each pool is about 4' x 6'
6 Cuzco main square - taking picturesRead more
• Maras Salt Mines and Moray Visit Maras – Moray 11,483 ft
Drive a little more than an hour to get to the Moray archaeological site. Tour these unique Inca ruins, consisting of circular terraces and a sophisticated irrigation system located at 3500m (11483 ft). Learn about the history and study of this fascinating site – speculation has it that it was an Inca agriculture experiment station.
Visit the impressive Maras Salt Mines, after Moray. See thousands of individual ancient salt pools spilling over a hillside. Each pool is probably 4 ft x 6 ft. Learn about the different varieties of salt, and try the renowned pink salt, famous worldwide.
1-2 Moray archaeological site. circular terraces & sophisticated irrigation system(11483 ft).
3-5 Moray archaeological site.
6 Maras Salt Mines - 1000s of individual salt poolsRead more
It started to drizzle just a bit going down and I slipped (but did not fall) a few times on the rocks. I took 45 minutes to get down and the others hurried ahead so they could do the Inca Bridge (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu: Trek up to the bridge that's cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way.) . Wish I had felt like it; it was only a 15 minute hike. I headed back to the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group and take a train back to Cusco.
Pictures: 1 Getting ready for Sun gate
2 Lookout on the way - lower right is MP
3 Sun Gate trail-llamas on the path
4 Trail looks very easy, doesn't it? See Sun Gate up top
5 view from sun Gate
6 Linda at the top - Machu Picchu over shoulderRead more
Day 4 Ollantaytambo/Cusco (Sa, May 20) Ollanta: 9260 feet, Cusco 11,152 feet
The hikers left at 8 am and the Cusco stay people (5 of us) returned to the Sacred Valley with the CEO to visit the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray. Simon was very sick and miserable. The bumpy car ride didn’t help. I think our guide was now Jose/Pepe (driver also named Jose).
Notes on picture 5 (blurry): these bubbles represent hostel accomodations that you have to rock climb to and then zip line back down. On a later day we saw rock climbers.
Ollanta - central square
Ollantaytambo ruins This is where we climbed to the previous day.
Ollantaytambo ruins view from afar of what we climbed to top left (see people up there)
Ollanta - cute kitten
Road to Cuzco - better picture later- see notes-hostel
Road to CuzcoRead more
Day 5 Cusco (Su, May 21) Cusco Elevation: 11,152 feet
Our local guide, Jose/Pepe, was to meet us in the square at 9 am for our 4 hour city tour. Kayla and I opted to stay in bed. Jose called me at 9:15 or 9:30 asking if we were coming. I told him the others had left 45 minutes earlier. He said he hadn’t looked for them yet. (later, Sarah said he had gone to pick up 2 others from a different hotel but they decided not to go). In the meantime, Simon was leading Simon, Sarah, and Ben to the G adventures office to complain that the guide had not shown up. Jose caught up with them and basically showed them the same things Victor had shown us, except for the Choco Museum. It lasted under 2 hours.
Fortunately, the rest of the day was free time. I just stayed in bed. Simon brought me a Gatorade and later I went out by myself to look for some rice. I caught up with Sarah, Ben, Simon at a chicken restaurant and they gave me some of their rice. But that was all I could eat. I hadn’t been sick since about 5 am but food did not hit the spot.
1-3 (from my sick room) view of Sunday parade down Avenida del SolRead more
Day 6 Cusco/Aguas Calientes (Mo, May 22) Elevation: 6,693 feet
Travel back by bumpy van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes. I can’t remember who our guide was if we had one. The train was nice – assigned seats, refreshments like a plane-juice, cookie, etc. I sat with 2 people from London doing 6 month tour of S. America with their next and last stop being the Galapagos and a woman from San Francisco who had just done Galapagos. It turned out they did/were doing the same boat excursion with gourmet meals. On my own I walked around Aguas Calientes (steep inclines and declines), did some souvenir shopping, checked out massage places (it seems that my first step onto the steep decline pulled my back just a little). Later I went back for a $20 (60 soles) massage but it was very difficult to tell them what was wrong. Very little English is spoken anywhere. I did not do dinner with others I don’t think.
1-2 car ride to Ollanta
3-4 Train staton-Ollanta
5 cusco stay group at train station: Ben, Simon, Kaela, Sarah
6 Train ride to Agua CalienteRead more
At our 7 pm meeting, Lares hiker Mike showed up with his guide Marco(s) and 2 other hikers. Marcos took over our group and told us to be up at 5 am to eat breakfast and then head for bus at 5:20 am for 1st bus (5:30). He would give us a 2 hour tour and then we could do whatever. Luckily, Mike and the 2 young women wanted to do Sun Gate so it was going to be perfect. Victor had told us to meet him and the Inka trailers at 8:30 at the entrance to MP and then we’d have a tour and then free time. In hindsight we would never have made it at 8:30 b/c we didn’t know that there were long lines for the bus. Also, the plan was for everyone to take a bus noonish to meet up in Aguas Calientes for lunch at 1 and then head to train by 2:15. So, it would have been tough trying to squeeze in the Sun Gate.
1-2 Train ride to Agua Calientes
3-5 Agua Calientes-main square
6 Statue near bus stationRead more
Day 7 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (Tu, May 23)
Machu Picchu – 7972’ and Sun Gate – 8924’ (almost 1000’ higher) Cusco 11,152’
Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. I gained local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. [This 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).]
1 MP- Linda on trail to MP
2 MP- view from trail to MP
3 MP-getting closer
4 Linda - at a lookout above MP
5-6 Getting closer to MPRead more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Ingham County, Ингам, ইংহাম কাউন্টি, Swydd Ingham, Condado de Ingham, Ingham konderria, شهرستان اینگام، میشیگان, Comté dIngham, Ingham megye, Ինգամ շրջան, Contea di Ingham, インガム郡, Ingham Comitatus, Ingham Kūn, Hrabstwo Ingham, انغم کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Ingham, Ингем, Округ Ингам, Інгем, انگہم کاؤنٹی، مشی گن, Quận Ingham, Condado han Ingham, 英厄姆縣