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What We’ve Been Up To

June 13, 2009

We’ve been busy and have been working on the little laptop to write more stories, but unfortunately we’ve not had time to upload any of them (and haven’t had much supply of net either).

So here is what we’ve been up to, briefly. Later posts will go into more detail.

We left Coroico, heading back to La Paz for a day to iron out some final details. From La Paz, Bolivia, we went to Copacabana, and saw the Island of the Sun, the place the Incas considered their birthplace.

From Copacabana, we crossed into Peru, going to Puno, a town on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We took a tour of some glitzy reed islands on the lake, and then headed Southwest to Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru.

Arequipa was a beautiful city, situated in the middle of several volcanoes (some active), with lots of trekking to do in the nearby Colca Canyon (deepest canyon in the world, they claim). Unfortunately while there, Laura’s bag was stolen with all her camera equipment, so that put a bit of a damper on things. Deciding to start with a clean slate, we left Arequipa, going to Cusco, the REAL heart of the Inca Empire.

Cusco turned out to be great, the city is almost oozing with cultural history and heritage. It is almost impossible to go anywhere in the city without seeing ruins or relics or whatever else. The place is cool. We took a tour of some of the local ruins, including Saqusaywaman (people call it Sexy Woman), which is a large military stronghold just outside of the main city. This was amazing, showcasing megalithic boulders carved with millimetric precision to fit together like the peices of a jigsaw puzzle. Detail and precision on a scale like this is rare, if almost nonexistent, in today’s world.

Yesterday we also got to witness the celebrations around Corpeus Christi, a religious celebration important to the catholics (pretty much everyone here). Thus, we saw tens of thousands of people gather in the town plaza and carry huge idols of the saints around for hours on end. It was interesting and resulted in great photos.

Now we are on our way to Machu Picchu, and have visited the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo, where we are currently waiting for our 8:30 train to Aguas Callientes, the city at the base of the mountain, on which Machu Picchu is built.

We return back to Cusco sunday morning, with a 5am train from Aguas Callientes. Wish us luck!

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