Peru

Peru

What do you want to know about Peru?

I am heading to Peru for 3 weeks of meetings with fellow travel professionals; visits to famous sights; trekking and tours with various vendors.
My mission is to experience Peru first hand so that I can direct my clients to the right Peruvian adventures for them.
What places do you want me to report back on?
What questions would you ask the local Peru pros?
What foods do you think I should try?
Follow along with me and give me your feedback, questions and queries. It should be a great adventure!


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Macchu Picchu! Climbing Huayna Picchu too!

Trekking to Machu PicchuPosted by Lauren Rock Mon, July 31, 2017 14:13:22
The train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes is a beautiful ride filled with excited passengers all anxious to see the historic sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu.

The scenery changes rapidly as you go from the highlands of the Andes and it's glacier topped mountains, to the tropical mountain forest that Machu Picchu sits amongst and towers above.
Once arriving to Aguas Calientes (the town at the base of Machu Picchu) you take a bus up to the historic sanctuary.
This hillside is across from Machu Picchu and is believed to have ruins underneath its thick jungle canopy. Notice the train station at the bottom of the valley.

Exit the bus, go through the entrance gate, and...wind through the maze of rocks and ruins...pass the resident llama,

and before you opens the entire site. Far too grand for any one picture to capture.

Here is a series of photos of the area. Notice the architecture - all stone, all hand carved. It's just breathtaking what the Incans could envision, plan and create!



Many people asked, did you climb Hyuana Picchu? Yes, I sure did! Here is my "report" and a few pictures:


That mountain overlooking the site is Hyuana Picchu and yes, you can climb it. It is reached by a winding trail made up almost exclusively of steps. It's steep but well worth the effort!

Starting out and upwards....


Did I mention that the trail is mostly steps?! ;-)
The view from the top looking down over Machu Pichhu and the road you take to reach it.

Going down...

In summary I'd say Hyuana Picchu is worth it if you have the time. You can not do it and see Machu Picchu itself in one day.

You have to be in good shape, bring plenty of water and get tickets months in advance. You are rewarded with a great view and sense of accomplishment. As well as a furthered appreciation for the artistry of the Incan builders.

I hope you have enjoyed this snapshot of Machu Picchu.
Want to visit Peru? Contact me. I will prepare a trip tailored to your wishes.

I am also creating a custom small group tour for early June 2018. Experience the culture, history and majesty of the Sacred Valley first hand as you journey to Machu Picchu. Your guides will be highly experienced professionals who are also local Queuchuans and excited to share their history, knowledge and love of Peru with you.


Contact Lauren Rock 404-372-3403 or
laurenrock@dynamic-escapes.com



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Ollantaytambo - Gateway to Macchu Picchu and A Living Incan City

Trekking to Machu PicchuPosted by Lauren Rock Thu, July 27, 2017 15:03:35
Dominated by two massive Inca ruins, the quaint village of Ollantaytambo is the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.

It is also a great example of the Incan's engineering prowess. The irrigation system they put in place still operates today.




While the train to Macchu Picchu leaves from Ollantaytambo, don't neglect it in your rush to get to the better known destination. Ollantaytambo deserves a few hour of your time before boarding the train.


Next stop, Macchu Picchu!



I hope you have enjoyed this snapshot of the "road to Machu Picchu".
Want to visit Peru? Contact me. I will prepare a trip tailored to your wishes.

I am also creating a custom small group tour for early June 2018. Experience the culture, history and majesty of the Sacred Valley first hand as you journey to Machu Picchu. Your guides will be highly experienced professionals who are also local Queuchuans and excited to share their history, knowledge and love of Peru with you.


Contact Lauren Rock 404-372-3403 or
laurenrock@dynamic-escapes.com




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Magnificient Landscapes and Scenery

Trekking to Machu PicchuPosted by Lauren Rock Fri, July 21, 2017 16:06:05
My last past focused on the culture to be explored in the Sacred Valley. This one shows just a sample of the magnificent landscapes and scenery that surrounds you as well.

Herds of Alpacas and Llamas abound while glacier covered mountains beckon in the distance.
Notice the "emergency donkeys" on the trail. They follow along carrying water, oxygen and a ride to whomever may need it. Happily no one did!


The locals' "backyard". These ladies had laid out their weavings for us to peruse. The other main "industry" is Llama and Alpaca herding, potato growing, and Guinea Pig farming. However most people are living a subsistence lifestyle and do all this for themselves, not for sale to others.


It took us hours to hike from the town up to their home. A walk they take in far less time and make everyday. Including the local children who do so unattended by adults and often in charge of younger siblings.


Our guides treated us to a flute serenade to celebrate our getting to the pass at just over 14,000 ft.


I hope you enjoyed these shots though Peru is a place where pictures really don't do it justice!

Want to visit Peru? Contact me. I will prepare a trip tailored to your wishes.

I am also creating a custom small group tour for early June 2018. Experience the culture, history and majesty of the Sacred Valley first hand as you journey to Machu Picchu. Your guides will be highly experienced professionals who are also local Queuchuans and excited to share their history, knowledge and love of Peru with you.


Contact Lauren Rock 404-372-3403 or
laurenrock@dynamic-escapes.com








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Living History and Culture on the trail to Machu Picchu

Trekking to Machu PicchuPosted by Lauren Rock Fri, July 21, 2017 14:33:26

One of the main groups of people in Southern Peru are the Quechua. Direct descendants of the Incas, they weave threads of their culture with Spanish influences to create a rich Peruvian culture of art, architecture and music. Here is a sampling of the cultural riches you'll experience on the way to Machu Pichhu:

Demonstrating how local plants and resources are used to make they dyes and prepare the Alpaca and Llama wool that are used to weave beautiful sweaters, gloves, blankets and everyday clothing.
This hole was originally caused by a meteor strike. The Incan people built this site - Moray - into agricultural terraces.


The Maras Salt Farm. Each square plot is tended by a local who prepares the plot, scrapes and separates the dried salt, and packs it for sale and ultimately shipment around the world.
Locals at work on their plot while the dried salt waits to be packed. Everything is done by hand.

Most homes are still built the old-fashioned way, by making adobe bricks out of the mud. The process takes days but the result lasts for years.


The local plant used to make the rope...
...that is used to hold down the roof.



Various types of Quinoa drying as part of the harvest process. The food here is amazing - so fresh and so good!

Incan pottery shards can be found on most walks.
I hope you enjoyed this look at the history and culture of the Sacred Valley. There is so much to discover and explore! If you want to visit Peru yourself please contact me. I will prepare a trip tailored to your wishes.

I am also creating a custom small group tour for early June 2018. Experience the culture, history and majesty of the Sacred Valley first hand as you journey to Machu Picchu. Your guides will be highly experienced professionals who are also local Queuchuans and excited to share their history, knowledge and love of Peru with you.


Contact Lauren Rock 404-372-3403 or
laurenrock@dynamic-escapes.com


Many thanks to Mountain Lodges of Peru who provided me with space on their week-long Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. I look forward to creating a custom trip with them for my clients to enjoy in June 2018!



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