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Trip Report Lots of Photos! April Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley Trip Report

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Loved, loved, loved my early April trip, and thanks in advance for all the great advice. Finally I am posting.

I traveled to Peru with my best friend and travel companion (and college roomate) Louise.

This is going to be a highly abbreviated intitial trip report. Upon return from MP after scrambling up and down thousands of steps and every ruin in the region, I promptly tripped on a step in Boston and fractured my (stupid) elbow. Thus, whatever efforts I have made have gone into my photos. I'll be adding to my trip report over the next week. Any questions will be gladly answered.

We used Peru For Less (Riva) for the arrangements. I thought they were great is organizing, the hotels were gorgeous, and I found the cost to be highly competitive to what I could have made myself, but without the hassle. I know some on this board think using a TA is just wrong, but whatever, I like people doing it for me. To each their own, and I'm lazy. : ) Riva was great as were the fabulous guides.

I left NYC flying business class (great flat beds) on LAN into Lima arriving at 7 AM where we immediately transferred flights to Cusco. Louise is in the back, she thinks business class is stupid.

A quick (sort of) funny story. When I got off the airplane in Lima I didn't feel very well. My stomach was uneasy for whatever reason. We had to go through security again in Lima. Fortunately, there were no lines and it went quickly. I put all my stuff on the conveyor belt and got ready to walk throught the metal detector. At that very minute, I had an overwhelming sense of nausea and I knew I was about to throw up. Ok--now imagine the things going through my head at this moment--shutting down the entire security line while they bring in Haz Mat, thinking I'm a vomiting terrorist, the pure embarassment of it all. So, in literally the next four seconds (get ready to visualize) the following happened--I lunged for my carryon that was going through the flaps of the x-ray machine and pulled it back. Out of the corner of my eye I see the security guy looking puzzled (in the US, I would have had cuffs on my now). I zipped open my carryon bag (thank GOD I had removed the lock) desperately looking for something, anything, that looked like a leak proof "vessel". At the top of the bag was my unused "vanitiy kit" from business class on LAN. I pulled it out, unzipped it, dumped all the content on the floor, threw up in the vanity kit and zipped it back up--all in less than four seconds. The security guard was still looking at me in amazement. So, I'm standing there with by zipped grey satin vanity kit looking none the worst for wear. Now, I'm looking for somewhere to throw it out (there are obviously no waste bins in security) . The nice security guard motions to another guard to hold out a security bin and remove the contraband. The entire event happened in less than 15 seconds. =:)

I then smiled, nodded at the guard, walked through security and acted like nothing happened.

The trip was uphill, literally and figuratively from that point on.

Intinerary:
Sacred Valley: two nights
Machu Picchu: two nights
Cusco: three nights
Lima: a drive through.

We were crazy lucky with weather. It only rained at night. Our visit to Machu Picchu could only be described as a "national geographic" photography day as you will see by my photos.

OK, that's it for now. You've now experienced my entry LOL. Over the next week, I'll post we did, what we loved (I adored Chinchero and was fascinated my Moray) and what I would have changed (my hotel in the sacred valley) .

I love photography and telling stories with my pictures--with music and captions. The best way to see my photos is to put the pictures on "slideshow mode" and sit back and enjoy.

The traditional Adean music that I purchased in Cusco matches the mood of each album is seriously wonderful.

Here are my albums for the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco and my panoramas.

Photos: http://photos.patpom.com/5138720


Later......

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