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Las Islas Flotantes


Machu Picchu

Back at Sea Level in Lima
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Islas Flotantes

Cusco and Machu Picchu

Links relating to
my trip

Hospedaje San Blas -
Great location in Cusco.

Other Sites:

Jack's Cafe - Excellent food
a couple doors down from
my hotel in Cusco.

Tupananchis - Wonderful
atmosphere and food (esp.

South American Explorers
Club - I signed up for
membership here. They
have clubhouses in Lima
and Cusco. Good place to
get info, exchange books,
do research on different
trips, etc.

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My Peruvian Experience...

Highs: Getting to see Machu Picchu with my own eyes; ceviche; taking a plane from Cusco to Lima.

Lows: The annoying people in Cusco trying to sell you things.

Best Moment:  Basking in my glory of hiking the short-but-steep Waynapicchu (while also being

Craziest Moment: Literally feeling the pain it was taking to breathe as I had to run to catch my
train in Aguas Calientes (I made it with only one minute to spare). The pain persisted for the rest of
the day/night making every single breath strenuous.

Smells: Street work in Cusco; street food.

Sounds: 'Want massage?'; 'Want a postcard?'; 'Want to see my paintings?'; waves crashing in Lima.

Sights: Machu Picchu ($40 US entrance fee); Islas Flotantes in Lake Titicaca; women walking
around Cusco with llamas; walking down the coastline in the Miraflores section of Lima; cevicherias.

Tastes: Ceviche with sweet potatoes; trout; coca candies; coca chocolate; coca tea; suspiro de
limeña; tropical fruits.

Purchases: Wool hat; wool gloves; wool socks.

Street Food: Corn; fruit; popcorn.

Different Food Finds: Cuy (i.e. guinea pig); alpaca; black corn on the cob in the grocery store.

Western Companies Out Here: McDonald's; Burger King; Pizza Hut; Papa John's; Gold's
Gym; Martinizing (all in Lima); Hooter's; Starbuck's; Tony Roma's; Dunkin' Donuts.

Other General Info...

Visa needed? No.

Type of currency? Peruvian Soles. About 3 soles is equal to $1 US.

Wallet Friendly? Yes. Extremely! A great meal might cost $3-4; a nice place to stay is $10.

Things Peru Is Known For: Macchu Picchu; Inca Trail; ceviche.

Religion: Catholic.

Costs: $500 (including flight, buses, Machu Picchu)
March 24- 31, 2007
In Lake Titicaca - Islas Flotantes.
Plaza d'Armas in Cusco.
Machu Picchu and a llama..