‎Machu Picchu‬ – Success!!

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 in Peru

 After strikes and train delays I have finally made it to Machu Picchu. It was worth all the delays and adventures to get here.
We lined up at 4am to get on the first bus heading up to Machu Picchu, and we were near the front of the line, so when the gates opened at 6am we were pretty much first in.  With minimal clouds, and very people, I got to see and experience the magic of Machu Picchu for at least a few minutes of peace before the crowds started to fill the view. A powerful few moments.
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Stranded in Ollantaytambo

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 in Peru

Cusco and all surrounding area is on strike against the government. Protests here in Ollantaytambo where we are stranded. No trains to Machu Pichu, no taxis, roads are all quiet. Strike is today and tomorrow. Working on a way to get to Machu Pichu by the weekend.

A little bit about Ollantaytambo seeing as we’re here for awhile: Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru, about 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) above sea level. Ollantaytambo is in an area the Inca people once called the Sacred Valley and the archaeological site here (Parque Arqueológico de Ollantaytambo) is a marvel of architecture that once served as both a temple and a fortress. 

Because of the protests, we heard that the site was open early (7am) and would be closing at 8am so we grabbed our cameras and headed over. We got in (with our Cusco pass), and the doors were pretty much closed behind us. There were already a few people in the site, and throughout the morning people were being let in, but in small groups. We practically had the place to ourselves and usually there are 100s of tourists, so got many photos without any people in them. Spent about 3 hrs walking around, taking images, and just enjoying without the crowds.

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Exploring the El Trapiche Coffee Plantation

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 in Costa Rica, Photography

One of the assignments I did as part of the photography workshop with Photographers Without Borders was just published on on the Photographers Without Borders website. Here is my story and photo essay of the El Trapiche coffee plantation in Costa Rica.

 

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Best Ceviche Ever

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Peru, Travel Destinations

Preparing the best cebiche I’ve eaten, and cheap! In the Arequipa market.

Cebiche (also known as ceviche) is a fish dish that is prepared with fresh fish marinated in lime juice, lime, onions, chill peppers, cilantro, and sweet potato. Very tasty … and yes I know it has onions in it … I ate everything except them.

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