Our Trip To Machu Picchu

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We were scheduled to have lunch at a Peruvian home; however, due to a change in schedule. we went to visit a local beer brewer instead. We were a bit early, so Corina took time to show us an old Peruvian game.

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Corina explains
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Main goal
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Player's view

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The aim of the game was to earn as many points as possible by tossing "coins" into the holes in the box. Some holes scored more points than others, the largest one being the frog's mouth. Of course, none of us was able to get the frog's mouth even once.

Corina took the first turn to show us how to play the game (right). Then several of us followed (below).

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Cathy's turn
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Kurt concentrating
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Lynda also
Next, came the brewery. It was a special one for brewing only Chincha - a Peruvian beer made mainly from corn. Our brewer was a pleasant lady who served us with her product.
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Her bar
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Our chief beer brewer
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Common hair style
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Here's the beers.

Below: Some miscellaneous shots taken from inside (and door of) the bar.

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Corina with some decorations
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The name of the bar
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Guinea Pigs

NOTE: I just noticed that I had missed a good part of that afternoon when posting photos. I'll try to get back to this page - probably after wee return from our upcoming trip to Europe. The last photo above was taken at 1:10PM and the next one below at 3:00PM.
Sorry.

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A peaceful llama
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A mean one

I was walking in the backyard garden, a short distance - about 50 feet - from the other members of our tour group and I noticed one of the 3 or 4 llamas staring at me. I stared right back at him, and when I managed to draw a mean look on his face, lifted my camera to eye level and snapped the photo at right. Then it dawned on me. I remembered reading that llamas spit into others' faces. My gosh, I lowered my camera just in time to avoid getting it wet, but didn't have time to pull my face away. Sure enough. About one second after the photo at right had been taken, I got a spray of his saliva on my face.

I learned not only to wipe my face dry but also to not forget what I had learned in the past. Well, it gave the tour group a good laugh -- that's a good thing!

After finishing lunch, we proceeded to a stop at Seminario Pottery Workshop. (NOTE again: Photos to be added later.


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The above four photographs are of our hotel, Hotel San Augustin in the city of Urumbaba, in the heart of The Sacred Valley. It is a very nice hotel, as can be seen.
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Now, take a look at the two pictures at left. Can you believe they were taken of across the street from our beautiful and 4-star (my opinion) inn!

(Don't forget, you can see larger - and consequently clearer - versions of these pictures by clicking on any of them.)

I think it's time to go to dinner. Our schedule was changed and, instead of dining in a restaurant, we were going to eat a home-cooked meals served at a local residence.

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Our hostess
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.. and her crew
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and dinner is being served!
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Guinea pig, anyone?
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Seen corn like this?
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A vegetarian dish

I must admit being a bit embarrassed for not taking any pictures during dinner. Whatever photos I have, were taken by Lynda. I guess I was too busy enjoying the food. :-( - No, wait, let me take that back: ":-)" (a smiley face) is what I meant to show how much I liked the vegetarian food I was served. Let me repeat that again: ":-)".

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                   title=And our whole cooking and serving crew
                   posed for a picture for us tourists.
Now we must say "Many thanks and good bye" to the entire wonderful cooking/serving crew.
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Note that some of the photos are blurry. I have tried to edit the photos to remove the blur -- and I was successful with most of them. However, some of the pictures could not be fixed as when I tried to increase the amount of sharpening, they became unreal in their appearance. At left is an example.