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Visiting Peru

The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the cobblestoned streets of Cusco steal the spotlight in this coastal country, but Peru offers a wealth of alternatives in every direction. To the north, Iquitos provides a jungle haven on the Amazon; the south, near Arequipa, offers miles of sand dunes; and Lima’s congested streets create a quintessential South American urban center right on the ocean.... Read More The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the cobblestoned streets of Cusco steal the spotlight in this coastal country, but Peru offers a wealth of alternatives in every direction. To the north, Iquitos provides a jungle haven on the Amazon; the south, near Arequipa, offers miles of sand dunes; and Lima’s congested streets create a quintessential South American urban center right on the ocean.    Close

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Travel Hub

Written by SeenThat on 15 Mar, 2011

More often than not, travel hubs are of special interest and joy for travelers, nowhere you can feel more a traveler than there. Moreover, they often are meeting places where cultures mix happily; maybe you’ll eat chuño – an Altiplano dehydrated potato – with chopsticks.…Read More


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On Lamas Spotting Spitting Llamas

Written by SeenThat on 15 Mar, 2011

Three large towns lie along the Titicaca Lake shores. Copacabana is on its eastern side, Desaguadero - split between Bolivia and Peru – on its southern end and Puno on its western side. Puno is the largest, but not by much. As Copacabana, Puno is…Read More


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The Logic of Landing on the Titicaca Lake

Written by SeenThat on 12 Mar, 2011

Perceptive readers may attack me on the claims made in the first entry of this journal, Puno – A Spanish Pun; after all, if Puno and Copacabana are so similar, while spend time in both of them? "One culture, one lake, one visit," would summarize…Read More


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Puno – A Spanish Pun

Written by SeenThat on 12 Mar, 2011

On Spanish Puns Spanish and English share a lot. Both are Indo-European languages, thus they have a similar structure, especially with regard to a cumbersome verbs structure. The vocabulary’s similitude is enhanced due to the widespread use of Latin and Greek roots by both languages.…Read More


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Zigzaging from Q’enqo

Written by SeenThat on 27 Feb, 2011

Just one kilometer from Sacsayhuaman is Q’enqo, a large limestone structure carved with many steps leading to nowhere, or to a place that doesn’t exist anymore. This is a motif typical of huacas, sacred stones appearing in Inca worship places. Between these two sites, horses…Read More


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Old is the Future

Written by SeenThat on 10 Feb, 2011

Old is the FutureTalking with Andean denizens may be confusing. The very concept of time in Aymara and Quechua is strikingly different. Some time ago I was talking with a local friend about an event in her far past and she told me in Spanish:…Read More


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Planning Machu Picchu

Written by SeenThat on 07 Feb, 2011

While reviewing Tiwanaku I mentioned Angkor. The same is inevitable while visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu. Simply, all these complexes date more or less from the same period and belong to failed kingdoms. This should be taken with several pinches of salt, pepper and chili;…Read More


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Reaching a Lost Place

Written by SeenThat on 06 Feb, 2011

A recurring theme while talking about Machu Picchu is altitude. Despite the attraction not being at an extreme altitude, 20% of people would experience mild altitude sickness symptoms here. Invariably, all human bodies would experience an acclimatization process to the decreased air pressure; I’ve described…Read More


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Our first day in Cuzco

Written by MichaelJM on 01 Sep, 2010

After a long time in planes and airport lounges we were pleased to be entering the final part of the initial travel arrangements. The short 50 minute flight from Lima to Cuzco was a pleasure to experience and we stared awestruck out of the…Read More


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Planning is always the hard part!

Written by MichaelJM on 01 Sep, 2010

This holiday had been a long time in the making and I’d been contemplating this rather expensive holiday for several years. It was one that I needed a bit of a push on and it was only when sat down after a rather splendid evening…Read More


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