JUL11: Only Mayne arrives in Lima, because the families flight was delayed over 24 hours
Shopped, walked around, bargained, and ate fresh fish by the seafront
JUL13: LIMA – IQUITOS
flight to Iquitos at 520AM canceled. Lots of fighting to get another flight. Ran into the rest of the family at the airport. Book a hotle, eat breakfast, explore the city in crazy taxis, visit a church, and China town. Try to sleep over the noise of the highway
Flight at 1 AM and arrive in Iquitos at 3 AM. 8 AM take a boat to our lodge. Eat lunch, bird watch, hike and hunt for crocodiles
Lodge activities including the zipline, hiking, laying in hammocks, and eating lots of food
JUL16: TAHUAYO – LIMA
Morning at the a Native village market, and visit a local river school
JUL17: LIMA – PARACAS
Bus to Paracas. Tour of the the National Reserve. Sandunes, pelicans, sealions, and beautiful scenery
JUL18: PARACAS – NASCA
Ballestas Islands with smelly birds, sealions, dolphins, penguins and lots of fun
The Huacachina Lagoon a natural Oasis as well as other archaeological attractions along the way. Our guide is Enrique spoke beautiful English and took us on a dunebuggy which the Queens (Nancy, Mom and Mayne loved!! hee hee! Especially the speed and the bumps) and sandboarding. Lots of sand everywhere.
Arrive in Nasca exhausted but happy
JUL19: NASCA – LIMA
Flight over the Nazca Lines. Amazing! And crazy cemetary with 4,000 year old skeletons
JUL20: LIMA – CUSCO
Flight to Cusco. Altitude does not agree with almost everyone. Shopping, dinner and dance show. Wondeful, and colorful
Sacred Valley tour. More shopping in Pisac. Inca ruins, cool stuff
JUL22: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Aguas Calientes, the town right next to Machu Picchu.
Hang out and eat. Too tired to do much
Transfer back to Cusco, funny train ride with crazy fashion show
Nancy, Lisa, John leave for Texas. Mom leaves for Orphanage. Vanessa and Kyle take tour bus with English guide to Puno. Church, Inca ruins and good food.
JUL25: LAKE TITIKAKA
Uros and Taquile Excursion. Crazy thing about the floating islands. Big question is why do they make handmade Islands when there are perfectly good uninhabited islands. Dancing festival. Altitude did not agree with me
JUL26: LAKE TITIKAKA
Morning hike to see more ruins. Back to Puno where Kyle and I lounged around our comfy hotel and watched TV. Oh how wonderful not to do anything for half a day!
JUL27: PUNO – AREQUIPA
Bus to Arequipa, boring and long. Played eye spy! Ate dinner at an Italian restraunt and ordered pizza and sangria while listening to a blind accordian player play Italian music.
JUL28: COLCA CANYON
Tour to Colca Canyon, and Canyon that is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in places. Was beautiful, but now we have to visit the Grand Canyon to compare. Our tour guide had an old injury in the middle of the tour causing our tour to be shortened. He was in so much pain, he was on the verge of tears. He couldn't move. Hot springs, which is always fun. Dinner show with funny peruvian dances where lovers pretend to die.
JUL29: COLCA CANYON
Beautiful and graceful Andian Condors. They have can have wing spans of 10 feet. Crazy!
JUL30: AREQUIPA – LIMA- SantiagoTravel Travel Travel. From 8 AM to 3 AM!! All the hostels in Santiago were full, evidently skiing is popular now, and had to go searching at 1:30 am for a hostel for the two of us. Really fun!