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Peru: Land of the Incas… And the land of BBQ, flowers, and glaciersavatar

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In my last blog post, I hinted at where I’d recently been on vacation. The answer: Peru!
During our trip, my family and I acclimated to the elevation in Cusco (the city sits at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet!), then hiked through Peru’s Sacred Valley, and ended our trip by watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu.
Here are some of other highlights of my trip:

PACHAMANCA! In this traditional Andean dish, Peruvians cook meat – beef, pork, chicken, guinea pig – over hot rocks, layer veggies – potatoes, plantains, fava beans – over the meat, and then let the food cook for about 45 minutes. The result is pure deliciousness. It’s a good thing we were hungry after all that hiking!

Before.

Before.

After.

After.

TROPICAL FLOWERS: Anyone who has known me for more than five minutes knows I have a slight predilection for the color pink. As we hiked through tropical cloud forests, I couldn’t stop myself from photographing these beautiful pink flowers.

Pink star-shaped flower.

Pink star-shaped flower.

 GLACIERS: During our hike, we climbed to the top of a mountain with an elevation of more than 15,000 feet. Up there, it was cold and windy, and we had great views of snow-capped mountains. (Now that I’m back in Fresno and it’s 108 degrees, I quite miss that refreshing, cold weather!)

Only rocks can survive at 15,000 feet.

Only rocks can survive at 15,000 feet.

RUINS: Obviously, no list of trip highlights would be complete without mentioning Machu Picchu, as well as the other ruins we visited in the Sacred Valley – Pisac and Ollantaytambo. 

Classic view of Machu Picchu

Classic view of Machu Picchu

Creative view of Machu Picchu

Creative view of Machu Picchu

Written by Rebecca Plevin

June 30th, 2009 at 9:31 am

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  1. Let’s get together soon so I can hear all about your trip to Peru.

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    Nene

    1 Jul 09 at 1:18 pm

  2. Our trip got pushed back to the end of September; gives me a little more time to prepare. Let’s do dinner soon. I want to hear all about your trip and the … knee injury?

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    Yahaira

    2 Jul 09 at 9:37 am

  3. Rebecca
    The pictures of Machu Picchu are absolutely amazing!

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    Margie Ortiz

    2 Jul 09 at 11:21 am

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