Sunday, October 19, 2014

Arrive Quito

The mountains in Ecuador are greener than Peru.
The view out our hotel window, looking right...

Looking left..
 This is the best hotel yet! Definitely 4 stars. Great restaurant on the top floor looking out over Quito at night. Top it off with a blind piano player, playing "The piano man". Romance is still not wasted on us.

We met the new group for the Galapagos. The Handyman endeared himself. He sat down in the group and said to the guy beside him: wow you're tall.
Open mouth, insert foot.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

on to the Amazon!

Flying over the Andes.
Next on our itinerary is a stop in the Amazon. So we will be incommunicado for a few days.
When we arrived: Hot, hot, hot! The witch's words from the wizard of Oz, kept going through my head : I'm melting! Finally night comes to cool you down. I did see some of the birds on my list, toucan, hoatzin, black macaw. Don't have pics though. Saw some of t
The Handyman on the Amazon tributary. Our new friend dozes after the long flight.
he animals like caimans and capybara.
Family of capybara. Baby is scrambling up the bank after momma.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bucket list check mark

Got a check mark today. We went to Macchu Picchu . You have to watch  how you pronounce it apparently. When canadians say ma chew peach chew. That means "big penis". You have to say ma chew pick to. So now you know!
The Handyman was overcome. Wow exciting! Glad we did it while we can still hike. We got up at 4:30 to be on one of the first buses. Arrived at 6:30. Saw all the high points. This is a once in a lifetime experience!
The switchback road. A half hour bus ride to the top to begin  our tour. 
The Handyman made friends with the natives, but they seemed a little wooden.



Monday, October 13, 2014

Never in Canada

School children with lanterns
 we arrived in Ollyantaytambo in time for an anniversary of the school. The school children were carrying decorated tissue paper lanterns lit by candles down the uneven streets. Imagine getting permission to do that in a Canadian school. And it seemed to go off without a hitch. Dollars to donuts someone would have been burned in Canada.
We heard the sounds of a band in the distance and turned to look

Little conquistadors trying to dance and move forward on the cobblestone streets.
We have 4 teachers in the group, so we were charmed.

One of our stops was at a cooperative where the women do traditional crafts.
Most of us bought something. I got a Peruvian toque made of alpaca wool for skiing. They demonstrated weaving and dying techniques.

Over 3000 kinds of potatoes

What's not to love about a country that has over 3000 kinds of potatoes, especially if your name is Spud!


Another town another cooking class. First we made cocktails.

Then we made a delicious alpaca stir fry. But our appetites are diminishing and it was hard to eat it all. We have been taking altitude pills and the Handyman is sleeping off the effects right now.
Kind of a food blog isn't it?
We will have no internet access for the next few days

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Arrive Cusco

The town square in Cusco has been through 2 earthquakes.

Our cooking class restaurant was on the second
floor

View from our hotel window over thw rooftops

Walking through Cusco. Cobblestone streets and buildings form the 1500's

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Long ago Limas

Before the Incas, a thousand two hundred years before the Lima peoples inhabited Peru. We visited an archeological site in downtown Lima that was amazing. Development has encroached and large parts of it fell to developers shovels. Now it is a gov protected site and out door museum.
It was asacres place and site of human sacrifice. The people lived outside the complex. The walls are made of Adobe bricks.  It stretches about 9 stories high.
The guide told us it was protected about 10 years ago. Prior to that kids would come here to moto cross on the hills and locals could take what they wanted from the site. She said her friend has 2 skulls and a hand from the site!