were twenty-four of us that continued on to Peru from the Galapagos
Islands, with planned excursions for 7 days to the Inca ruins around
Cuzco and Machu Picchu. (Click here to learn about our stay in the
Galapagos). We left the Galapagos
on November 18 and flew back to Guayaquil, Ecuador, with a connecting
flight to Lima, Peru. Unfortunately we had a 3 hour delay because
the plane that was supposed to take us to Lima hit heavy turbulence
on the way in to Guayaquil. We knew something was up when we saw
people dressed in haz-mat outfits and medics with stretchers approaching
the plane as it landed. Seems that several were injured and it took
some time to clean up the plane before we could board. Our Linblad
representative and tour leader for the week, Aqui, was still waiting
for us at the Lima airport, collected our luggage and got us on
buses for the ride to the Miraflores Park Hotel. We finally got
to the hotel after midnight and to bed after 2am.
Then it was an early wake-up at 5:45am for a quick breakfast and
the bus back to the Lima airport for our flight to Cusco. Wouldn't
you know, the plane was again delayed - this time due to bad weather
Barbara (and many others) tried to catch up on a little shut eye
while waiting. Fred made friends with the pretty flight attendants.Flying
into Cusco was a little scary. The city is located at over 11,000
ft elevation and is nestled among some rugged snowcapped glacial
peaks. We were glad the weather had cleared somewhat before we tried
Our tour of Peru included a two night stay in Urubamba in the Sacred
Valley. While there we visited ruins in Pisac and Ollantaytombo
and had lunch at a private family hacienda with a large collection
of colonial and Inca art. Then we took a train to Machu Picchu where
we stayed overnight at the Sanctuary Lodge so we could visit the
ruins at sunrise. We stayed two nights in the city of Cuzco, the
oldest city in America. Our lodging was the beautiful Montasterio
Hotel which was once a Franciscan Monestary. We had a bus tour of
the city and visited the very ornate and interesting Cathedral.
Then it was back to Lima for a tour of the city and a stop at a
museum housing a huge collection of pre-Columbian art.
We were divided into two groups of twelve for our tour of Peru,
with a separate guide and bus for each group. That meant we could
spread out on the bus and each have a window seat, a very nice arrangement.
It also meant our group for hiking the ruins was a nice, small size.
The bus was well- equipped with bottles of water for our hikes,
hard candies and hand wipes.
To view descriptions of each day of our trip through Peru, click
on Peru Journals. The descriptions
include a few pictures from that area. To view additional photos
from each area, click on Photos. To
view a full size photo of any picture, click on the picture. The
Peru Map page includes a map of the Sacred
Valley and Machu Picchu.
Descriptions Photos Map