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“Hey, mister, how do we get to Route 5?!”

By Gretchen Richter de Medeiros Leaving Santiago was a challenge in several ways. First, we had to pick up the rental car. Luckily, Rodrigo, Heather and the kids had already scouted out the route to walk from our apartment to the rental car place and had driving directions back (lots of one-way streets and detours around parks and hills made this a not-as-simple-as-you’d-think task). As we were walking to pick it up, however, we realized that we didn’t have driving directions from Santiago to our B&B in the Colchagua Valley. So back to the apartment we went, digging Rodrigo’s Mac out of his backpack to access the internet and hand-write the instructions. (Foreshadowing note: we do not have a

"Machupicchu: Thoughts of "appropriation of remains" crossed my mind, but I quickly p

by Rodrigo DeMedeiros The highlight to our Peru trip was - predictably - Machupicchu. We took an ungodly early train from Ollantaytambo to the small village of Aguas Calientes, just a short bus ride to the entrance to the magnificent ruins of Machupicchu. Our guide Manuel was waiting for us at the train station, and took us straight to the Rapu Wasi lodge - a beautiful tree house style lodge with rustic wood bungalows stacked on the rocks with a great view of the adjacent mountains. We arrived at 8 am and were greeted by the awesome hostess, who was kind enough to get us a different room where everyone could crash, although our actual rooms were not ready until 9:30 am (official check in t

"Isaias is our guide for most of the Peru trip. I like him. He's cool."

by Marco Richter de Medeiros Chinchero is a lot different from what you would see in the United States, especially Fall City. The architecture is much different. Where we build with wood, they built with concrete and stone. Chinchero people dress very differently than us. The women wear traditional dresses with fancy hats. The men wear traditional drawstring pants and ponchos over their body. The market was different as well. Either it wasn't a busy day or the market just simply doesn't have much energy. In Chinchero the market is very calm, whereas in Seattle for instance, the Pike Place Market is always bustling with energy. Isaias is our guide and driver for most of the Peru trip. Isaias

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