South America, October 2018

October 2, 2018, my niece Kaylan and I boarded an Air Canada flight to Lima, Peru via Montreal.  Ahead of us, visits to Machu Picchu, Peru, the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

o&d to Lima
Hurray for first class service, drinks on the house…er…plane!

From Lima we flew to Cusco in southern Peru, the oldest city in the western hemisphere, cradle of the ancient Inca civilization, at about 11,000 feet, surrounded by six mountains in the Andes.  We spent 2 nights there acclimating to the altitude and enjoying the colours, the cuisine, architecture and the many shops and peddlers selling alpaca clothing, jewelry, art.  It was not uncommon to see indigenous women and girls dressed in traditional costumes, holding baby alpacas or lambs for tourists to pet or get photos taken.  We tried the local specialities like roast guinea pig and Andean quinoa soups, and of course their famous pisco drinks.

Andean quinoa soup in foreground, Andean corn soup at the top.
Kaylan gets ready to sample 4 pisco flavours
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Making pisco sours for the Belgian tourists
Machu Picchu, in the clouds, looking down at the terraces, wandering llamas and tourists
Another view from the top
O&K Machu Picchu rain
First day in the the drizzle, I appreciated the plastic poncho and brimmed hat I purchased from a seller at the train station.
Yup, that’s me, I really was there, complete with walking stick and hat, hoodie and jacket wrapped around my waist once it stopped raining.
Second day we hiked to the Inca bridge, that petered out along that cliff face. No barriers or hand rails here, and it’s a looong way down…
We took a bus up to the top from Aguas Caliente, the village at the base of the mountain. Many hair pin turns to go up and down, and when we met another bus we sometimes had to back up on those narrow roads, part of the thrill I guess.

We returned to Cusco (back the way we came, by train and car), then flights back to Lima, then to Santiago, Chile, to Calama, and finally a long drive to San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis in the desert, for the next 4 days.

2 thoughts on “South America, October 2018

  1. Gail November 14, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Great pictures, brought back wonderful memories. I’m ready to go back 😊


  2. lhrycak November 15, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    wow! how awesome for the two of you Lynda Hrycak


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