Uros Islands- A Peruvian Upper Canada Village

On February 11, we followed Walther’s advice and booked a tour of  the local Uros islands . For 200 soles we were promised a visit to islands that are not touristy and lechon for lunch.  Within minutes of payment we were bumping around in a taxi listening to Journey en route to the llachon peninsula. Our guide was a […]

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Lake Titicaca

From Puno we went to  “Quechua Family Inn” airbnb on Lake Titicaca. The collectivo cost 4 soles and our bags rode on the roof. We got to see the countryside while listening to the local women chatting in Quechua. One talked and the other said umhmmm. The collectivo left us off in the hamlet of Capachica which was having its own […]

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Puno- Spinning Spaniards, Skirts and Demons

On February 7, Eliot and I  left Cusco for Puno, a town on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. David flew back to Vancouver and Tilo stayed on in Cusco. The 400 km bus ride takes about 8 hours and reaches an altitude of about 4800 meters as it passes through small Andean towns before dropping down […]

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The relationship between local food and my stomach/ La relacion entre la comida local y mi estomago

I would describe myself as a non fussy eater. I grew up eating tripe, black sausage, intestines and other animal parts in Colombia that are not offered in Canadian restaurants. Pig skin used to be one of my favourite things to eat with black beans, rice and fried plantains (bandeja paisa). My mom is an […]

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Carnival in San Blas- Tilting Saints and Drag Queens That Dance for Beer

On our last two nights in Cusco the carnival was getting into swing in the San Blas neighbourhood. The main square had two sound stages and multiple beer and food vendors. There were lots of partyers drinking beer, eating anticochos, guinea pig bits and corn extrusion products. We spotted a man dressed in Andino drag. He […]

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Food Photos

Here are photos of some of the foods that we ate and passed on during our trip.

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The Way to Machu Picchu-Raging Rivers & A Raging Redhead

To get to Machu Picchu, you pass through Aguas Calientes which was renamed Machu Picchu to confuse everyone. From Aguas Calientes you still have to get to the hilltop site by bus or 3 hour hike (unless you pay $1000/night for a room at the Belmond). The three methods of getting to Aquas Calientes are; 1) hike […]

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Machu Picchu

On February 3 we got up, downed coca/ muna tea with stale bread and headed out of the Ecolodge. We decided to take what Lyle describes as the most expensive bus ride in Peru (US$21) from Aguas Calientes to the site. The bus crossed the river and climbed the 1000 meter switchbacked road overlooking misted mountains. It […]

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Ollantaytambo, Pisac and Moray- Sun Temple, Terraces and Experimental Farms

Between February 1-6, we did some self tours to other sites in the sacred valley and around Cusco. Of note we visited in the Cusco were Ollantaytambo, Pisaq and Moray. We did not have Lyle for these sites so we had to get information from Wikipedia. Ollantaytambo is a small town in the sacred valley. It is the […]

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Yahrzeit In Cusco

Sundown January 29, 2016  coincided with the “yahrzeit”  (anniversary) of the date in the Jewish calendar in which my father z’l died in 2012. On Yahrzeit close family members of the deceased say “kaddish” a prayer that requires a minyan or prayer quorum of 10.  After my father z’l died my brothers and I followed the Jewish traditions for […]

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