Monday, February 24, 2014

Intipunku - Hiking to the Inca Sun Gate at Machu Picchu

The 2014 Peru Adventure continues on.  Today we arrived at the world famous Machu Picchu.  The arrival was not without incident though.  We grabbed the 7:15am train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.

The train was right on time and off we went.  After about an hour of cruising along next to the rip-roaring Urubamba River we suddenly came to a stop.  Seems a mud slide had blocked the tracks ahead.  We sat for two and a half hours while it was cleared.

Anyway, on to Machu Picchu we went.  I purchased my Machu Picchu ticket for 126 soles and then my bus ticket for another 53 soles. (be prepared as it is cash only and only Peruvian soles).

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Birds of the Amazon River - Picaya Samiria Nacional Reserve

We spent four days aboard the Aria with Aqua Adventures traveling the Amazon River within the Picaya Samiria Nacional Reserve.  Twice a day we set out from the Aria aboard skiffs accompanied by a naturalist in search of wildlife.  The main thing that stands out in my head is the diversity of the birds there.