Back in the USA

Back in the USA I felt like my journey had not ended and that I had more things to experience. I decided to get some things in order and return to Peru to take Shirley up on her offer to show me more of Peru.

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Lima to Abancay

We were sad to leave Aruba but excited to explore Peru with Shirley. The flight back to Lima was good, and we arrived early in the evening. Shirley arranged for Walter, our driver in Lima, to pick us up at the airport and take us to our hotel. We decided to get something to eat […]

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Aquas Calientes and Machu Picchu

The train from Ollantaytambo to Aquas Calientes was excellent, especially after spending so many days hiking. The train ride was about an hour-long, just enough time for a quick bite to eat and drink, which was complimentary on Peru Rail.Arriving in Aquas Calientes, there was a lot of commotion, being a massive tourist area. I […]

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The Inca Quarry Trail Hike

After drinking my coca tea, I met with the group, and we loaded up in a van. We then drove for about 30 minutes to the start of the trail. Hugo was full of energy, and from the start, I could tell we would get along very well. Most of the other guides and members […]

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Puerto Maldonado: Amazon Jungle

Flying from Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Puerto Maldonado took about 5 hours. Puerto Maldonado is about 55 miles west of the Bolivian border with around 75,000 people but has had a recent influx of Venezuelan refugees. Once at the airport, I took a bus for about two hours into Inferno, where I boarded […]

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Lima, Peru

Landing in Lima and getting through security was a bit crazy, especially when you don’t speak much Spanish. After getting my bag and heading out of the airport, hundreds of taxi drivers and finding the one with my name were interesting, but eventually, it happened by some miracle. (Thanks, mom!) My driver spoke little English, […]

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