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I´m Michelle and I am traveling in Latin America. I have always wanted to travel here and I finally left my home in Boston, MA in July 2013. I have been traveling since then, working here and there and continuously realizing that the world is filled with opportunities for exploration. I hope to travel for a long time but I always find a cozy place to stay for some time. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions I am more than happy to take you up on them. Live long, travel far, love often.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Cusco, PERU: MACHU PICCHU...Finally made it!

Us ladies arrived in Cusco and we were looking forward to planning our next big adventure: The Chu. We found a great tour that for four days took us trekking throughout the Inca trail(kinda) and to one of the seven wonders of the world. Of course, I came down with a case a altitude sickness so I was sick for pretty much the whole trip. However, that didn't stop me from trekking through parts of the jungle, wearing some face paint like an Inca, eating coca leaves, dancing traditional dances, enjoying hot springs, biking down hill, zip lining, dancing and finally climbing over 1700 steps to see Machu Picchu at 4 am.
Boys dancing with ropes in the square. Who gave them the ropes?

DAE WOOOOOO! Peru is where Dae Woos come to die.

Fireworks for the Virgen Asunta. Some people almost got nailed by some.

Fish eggs...soo cheap.

Cheese.

Frogs.


Baby lambs and traditional dress.

Biking.

View while riding.



Pretty rocks in river. (I also went rafting and did a lot of trekking and even zip lining, but my camera deleted half of my photos).




Finally, made it to Aguas Calientes, the start of our long journey up to the Chu.


The night before, 430am everyone lines up to cross the bridge to start the trek up the 1700+ steps. It was very exciting. Everyone was flashlight ready, Thanks Harry!!

View as I ascend the steps to the Chu.

Very cloudy in the morning, but it was amazing as the sun started to pop up and you could see what was in front of you.

Map of the Chu.

The Chu, about 6:30am, cloudy still but amazing. The feeling of finally making it to the top was something I'll never forget. I was a sexy llama!!

Baby llamas.

Friendly llama, who liked bananas.






The sexy llamas all at the top....great group, great guide. Thanks Guido!

lol.

aqueducts on the Chu. The Inca were so smart about fitting into their environment, they built into and around it without disrupting much of the natural landscape.

This is where the harvested their crops. See the many levels.

This is the Condor. The rocks made that natural wing shape and then they carved the face.

They had few tools to shape these stones soo perfectly. 


Homes.

View down below, only the day before we were walking all the way down there, looking up and wondering what will it be like??

We were Churrefic!


The Chu is surrounded by mountains galore. It truly is a special place.


The infamous profile. Look closely and you can see from right to left the forehead, nose, lips and chin. Looks like an Incan.

Last night in the Chu, we took the Peru rail back to Cusco.

Hahaha, Dana Inn!

Our Brazilian friends, and us on the llamas being sexy llamas. Good times!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Nasca, PERU: Ancient grave sites, aqueducts

Us ladies were lucky enough to be able to see some Pre-Colombian ancient burial grounds and aqueducts before our departure from Nasca. Thanks to our tour guide Luis, at the lovely Hostel of Camiluz.