EN ROUTE | IMAGE GALLERIES FROM THE PLACES WE GO, THE THINGS WE DO, SEE, AND LEARN FROM.

LIMA, PERU | Sept 23 - 26, 2014

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AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHUPICCHU, PERU | Oct 3 - 4, 2014

It's 4:30 am and we are boarding to Machupicchu...

...Marco and Bella are not thrilled about the departure time.

The only perky ones amongst us five. Nobody should be this excited at 4:30 am. But it's MACHUPICCHU, people!

Marco and I made this delicious Peruvian dish - Causa Acevichada - during our private cooking lesson at the amazing Tree House restaurant!

The many faces of pisco.

Our tree house room in Aguas Calientes.

Buenos dias.

Our tree house room in Aguas Calientes.

On the way to Machupicchu.

Child being carried on her mother's back.

View of the valley from Machupicchu.

Path to the old Inca bridge.

Path to the old Inca bridge.

The old Inca bridge.

The old Inca bridge.

Path to the old Inca bridge.

Path to the old Inca bridge.

Glorious Machupicchu!

Machupicchu.

Bella takes in Machupicchu.

Marco takes in Machupicchu.

Machupicchu.

Machupicchu.

Machupicchu.

Machupicchu.

Llama!

Llamas.

Machupicchu.

Machupicchu.

Little hare taking a nap in Machupicchu.

Machupicchu.

Machupicchu.

Machupicchu.

Machupicchu.

Machupicchu.

Bus ride uphill to Machupicchu.

Our amazing lodge in Aguas Calientes, Rupa Wasi.

Our amazing lodge in Aguas Calientes, Rupa Wasi.

The 5 star restaurant Tree House across from Rupa Wasi lodge.

Perurail to Machupicchu.

It was 5 am and we were boarding the train to Machupicchu from Ollantaytambo.

Top of the world!

We made it. Worth every difficult breath and every inch climbed.

Atop the ruins in Pisac!

Terraces in the ruins of Pisac

At the center of the town of Pisac.

Our fantastic guide in Peru, Isaias.

Pisco!

At the center of the town of Pisac.

Terraces in the ruins of Pisac.

Sprouting from the rocks.

Pisac.

Pisac.

Pisac.

Playing the explorer.

Treacherous path.

Gretchen and Marco in Pisac.

Through the rock tunnel.

Pisac.

View of the ancient terraces in Pisac.

View of the ancient terraces in Pisac.

Pisac.

Pisac.

Pisac.

Empanada baker in Pisac.

View from the road to Pisac.

Naughty Macaw.

Condor.

Llama!

Towards Pisac.

Towards Pisac.

Peruvian caravan.

Leaving Ollantaytambo towards Pisac.

On the road from Chinchero.

On the road from Chinchero.

Weaver's expert hands.

Little helper.

Little helper.

The amazing weavers of Chinchero.

The amazing weavers of Chinchero.

Market in Chinchero.

Market in Chinchero.

Market in Chinchero.

Market in Chinchero.

Market in Chinchero.

Maracuya - Passion fruit.

Market in Chinchero.

Market in Chinchero.

Market in Chinchero.

Women in typical Peruvian attire.

Women in typical Peruvian attire.

Women in typical Peruvian attire.

Woman in typical Peruvian attire.

The pre-Inca ruins and rock formations in Chinchero.

The pre-Inca ruins and rock formations in Chinchero.

This old woman was drying potatoes in one of the large ancient terraces at the ruins.

The pre-Inca ruins and rock formations in Chinchero.

Sheep!

Fire.

A valley on the way to Chinchero.

A valley on the way to Chinchero.

OLLANTAYTAMBO, PERU | Sept 26 - Oct 3, 2014

Street vendor near main square.

Near the main square in Ollantaytambo.

Election time in Peru!

Traffic jam due to a political rally near the ruins.

Market just outside the entrance to the ruins.

Market just outside the entrance to the ruins.

Fruit seller just outside the entrance to the ruins.

Market just outside the entrance to the ruins.

Best maracuya and mango smoothie.

Near the small bridge to the ruins.

Market just outside the entrance to the ruins.

Gretchen at the Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

View of Apu Lodge (yellow house) from the Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

Ollantaytambo Inca ruins.

Hammocks at Apu Lodge!

This small stream comes from the mountains and runs through town where people sometimes wash their clothes in.

The small alleys of Ollantaytambo.

There are lots of stray dogs in Ollantaytambo.

Strolling towards the main square.

Stuck in traffic at the entrance to the town.

Vendor outside the central market.

Mercado Central.

Mercado Central.

Mercado Central.

Mercado Central.

Restaurant at the main square.

Restaurant on the way to the train station.

The quaint Hearts Cafe'.

Apparently you can go anywhere from Ollantaytambo.

Store at the main square.

Political rally.

Meow.

These statues offer protection to the houses that have them on their rooftops.

Store just outside the ruins.

Sneaking out of the health clinic.

Typical facade in Ollantaytambo.

Bella and Heather doing math at the Muya Cafe' next to the train tracks.

Perurail train to Macchupichu.

Muya Cafe'.

A Perurail wagon awaiting the next train.

These colorful vehicles are modified motorcycles - called motor taxis.

CUSCO, PERU | Oct 4 - 7, 2014

The stunning landscape of Sacsayhuaman.

Cusco at night.

The moon as seen from the Cusco Planetarium.

Peruvian women gathered around Sacsayhuaman.

Sacsayhuaman.

Cusco as seen from Sacsayhuaman.

The slider rocks in Sacsayhuaman. Not to be missed!

The slider rocks in Sacsayhuaman.

The magnificent ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Notice the upside-down steps.

The magnificent ruins of Sacsayhuaman.

View from the road to the ruins of Cusco.

Plaza in Cusco.

No, it's not a gay pride flag. Curiously, it is the symbol of Cusco.

Tallarin Saltado, one of the best dishes I had in Peru.

The AMAZING and invigorating Caldo Blanco!

Incredible mountains on the road to Ollantaytambo.

This altar had two bottles of bleach sitting on it. Go figure.

One of the most elaborate baroque altars in Peru, in the Catedral de Santo Domingo.

The last Supper as interpreted by a Peruvian artist. Notice the roasted guinea pig on the center.

Snowed peaks on the road to Ollantaytambo.

Donkey!

Our laundry drying atop the building terrace.

School children outside a restaurant in Cusco.

Street cart in Cusco.

These ladies and their cute lambs will demand cash if you take their picture.

Road to Ollantaytambo from Cusco.

Detail of the Arco de San Francisco.

Street vendor in Cusco.

Apu was one of the political parties running for representation.

Election day with street vendors.

Stray dogs abound in Cusco.

Look at all those chickens!

Alleyway near Plaza de Armas.

Arco de San Francisco.

Public phone, a rarity.

Creepy snake flower bed near Plaza de Armas.

Boys playing soccer near Plaza de Armas.

Entering Cusco.

Cusco has its own Christ statue, curiously donated by the Palestinians.

View from the Starbucks at Plaza de Armas.

Old colonial alley in Cusco.

Plaza de Armas.

Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, from Plaza de Armas.

Old balcony at the Starbucks.

The Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, founded by Jesuits in the 1500's, had to fight with the Pope himself to stay here.

View from Plaza de Armas in Cusco.

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PISAC, PERU | Sept 28, 2014

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Leaving Seattle on September 22!

Lima at night.

First snafu of the trip: had to sleep at a hotel. Read the blog to find out more!

Punto Azul in Lima: some of the best food in the city!

Tile floor at Punto Azul.

My favorite Peruvian dish: pulpo a oliva (Octopus in black olive sauce.)

Colorful decor at Punto Azul.

Punto Azul.

Alameda in Lima.

Old fashioned barber shop.

Rodrigo gets the old fashioned treatment.

Choco Museo.

We had a chocolate making class at the Choco Museo.

Miraflores is the best neighborhood in Lima.

Las Brujas de Conchiche: unforgettable gastro experience.

Mural depicting the actual brujas at the restaurant.

Lucuma mousse!

Another Peruvian favorite: Aji de Gallina.

Causa Rellena de Cangrejo - Crab "Causa". Causa is a Peruvian dish made of mashed potatoes.

Pisco Sour, the national drink. Unreal!

Lucuma, the fruit. Somewhere between an avocado and a bread fruit.

Drinkable yogurt!

CHINCHERO, PERU | Sept 29, 2014

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