Our Trip To Machu Picchu

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Heading to Cusco, folks!
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Me on bus to airport
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Waiting for the plane

Today was the day we took a plane (and bus) ride to the Sacred Valley.

And, just for the record, today is Day 4 according to OAT schedule and according to the calendar, it's Sunday, February 16th.

The flight lasted about only an hour, and soon we were on a bus heading out to the Sacred Valley where we were to spend a couple of days touring its sites before going to Machu Picchu. A good part of visiting Sacred Valley was to get acclimated to the altitude - which was a good thing as most of us lived within a few feet above the sea level. Machu Picchu required being (and hiking) at over 8,000 feet, which was no big thing but some of us did feel some sickness, whether due to the altitude or something else, is unknown. But, let's not ge ahead of ourselves -- below are some scenery shots, one taken from the bus. (Don't you just hate photos taken from a moving vehicle and through less than perfectly clean window glass?)

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Bus window view
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View of Sacred Valley
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Looking down to Sacred Valley
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Pisaq
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Down in the valley
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They don't look like ruins to me
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Leveled hillsides
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Some old Inca ruins
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What's bugging Corina?
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Hi folks! It's me!
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Careful! It's steep.
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Hey man! Please buy one of these

BTW, nothing was bugging Corina. I just happened to catch her in the position shown in the pohto. Gotta take advantage, and make fun, of unusual shots. :-)

I think this a good time to explain why we didn't buy any souveniers or other goods from these kids. First, that constitutes support of child labor. Second, if these kids make sufficient amounts of money their parents will have them continue peddling instead of going back to school when it reopens.

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Lynda & Pete
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Old structures
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A water source
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After finishing the tour of Pisac, we headed on down to our hotel and had dinner. As we passed the kitchen, we got our first look at how the Guinea Pigs were prepared for people to eat. We didn't eat Guinea Pigs, roasted or otherwise!

This the end of day 5. Before going to bed, Corina informed us that we would go rafting in the morning - weather permitting. Take a look at the next page to see what we did.