I can describe Machu Picchu and show magnificent photographs, but nothing comes close to actually being there. Nothing...
I've been back from Peru since Wednesday and I fell back into my usual routine -- groceries, laundry, the gym and exercise and Weight Watchers -- but I've been slow to get back to blogging and I apologize for that. I had hoped to blog more while I was in Peru, but between the mountains and the tropical rain forests the Blogger app on my iPad wasn't very cooperative. I'm still sorting through literally hundreds of pictures and I'm not going very quickly. I enjoyed every part of the trip -- even falling in mud in the Amazon on a nature walk -- and I'm going very slowly through the pictures.
I enjoyed every day of the trip, even without my luggage for four days. Lima had a great museum and interesting historic sites, Cusco and its environs were both beautiful and historic and the Amazon was fascinating. I'm thinking of doing posts on each area and highlighting some of my favorite places and experiences.
A different view of the "New" Mountain, and below, one of my favorite photographs. After three flights, a train ride and two bus rides, I am at Machu Picchu. When I was convalescing from my spinal surgery almost four years ago, this was beyond a dream. I am so grateful to have had this experience.
Some of the rest of the climb was more than I could do -- think high steep steps and no handrails -- but I was still so excited to be at this point and see the excavations.
One of the special treats while at Machu Picchu was staying at the Inkaterra Hotel. Our group was upgraded and it was a fabulous experience. We had every luxury of home, but were still in the middle of the Andes.
This is the view from my room, with the Andes in the background.
The sights were extraordinary, but it would have been half the trip without our tour director, Roberto, and the people I traveled with. It was a friendly and very inclusive group and I enjoyed everyone's company. Thanks, all, for great travel memories and friendships. I'm so happy to add this post to this week's Pink Saturday, and glad to be back to blogging.
Returning to New York, to blogging and very happily to my blog buddies, and alas, just for one evening to "Downton Abbey." I'm back just in time to say goodbye.
As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care!