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Alpaca for dinner

This was one of our dishes at the cooking demonstration. Along with this amazing dish we learned how to make Ceviche, how to cook Quinoa, a grain rich and fully balanced source of protein and other fun sauces. Peruvian dishes are turning into the first surprise of the trip. Quite awesome!

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Cuzco and the Urubamba Valley

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Today we took an hour flight to the town of Cuzco. We joked that we went up and then landed, because the town is at 12,500 feet. We needed to drink a lot of water and something called coca tea from real coca leaves to help with the altitude sickness.

We had a full day of travel taking in a cathedral where we saw how the Spaniards worked hard to instill there religion on the Inca's. A few ways this was shown was a picture of the last supper where the main meal was guinea pig (a delicacy in Peru) and papaya on the table. The virgin Mary was also shown pregnant to bring reality to the birth of christ. We then had a Peruvian lunch, which was outstanding and then headed over to Sacsayhuaman (Pronounced sexy woman (really!)) which was the parade grounds for the Inca. We also went to a couple local markets one was a food market and the other had hand made tapistries. Then it was down to the Urubamba valley (8,500 ft) to our hotel. We are now heading out to a cooking class.

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Planes, trains, automobiles and a boat

Day 1

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Today is day 1 of our trip. The title is indicative of the trip. There are 10 up and downs on planes, 2 train rides, countless rides in cars & busses and 6 days on the yacht. The flight from Chicago to Miami was a little rough to start, but we arrived on time. When we left Miami for Lima, the pilot told us he was going to need to go farther west than normal due to a volcanic eruption in Equador,so I was expecting a rough ride, but all was good. We are now spending the night at the Raddison in Lima and leaving early for Cuzco which is at 12,500 ft so we will need to be cautious of altitude sickness. From Cuzco we head to the Sacred valley to see many Inca sites before heading up to Machu Picchu on Monday.

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1 week to go

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Yeah, one more week and we are off. I cannot wait! It is 32 degrees and snowing here. Time to get out. Watching the weather in Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Galapagos to figure out what to pack. INCA sent us some guidelines so that will help, but since we will be in different climates it will add to the different types of clothes we need to bring making light packing more difficult, but we are up to the challenge.

The one bad thing about being such a planner is that I am already researching places to go in the fall. Silly me I should at least try to wait until we get back from this trip before I plan the next. :-)

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2 Weeks to Go

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We have two weeks before we leave for our trip. We purchased our wetsuits so we are set there. So all we have left is to figure out what we need to pack.

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