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PERU | Wednesday, 24 November 2004 | Views [390]

where do i begin.

days and weeks have passed from steep dramatic mountainous jungle desert
place called peru. we have spent more than a month here now, first in
the north, wandering the cloud forests by foot and horse, through
delirous mud and rain, sleeping in a barn eating a candlelit meal with
warm soup, a corner fire, and long shadows. we cut through jungle to see
uncovered ruins and a mountaintop site called kuelap. our time in the
north was precious, chachapoyas and leymebamba, quiet and curious,people
peeping often, stealing a glance, smiling shyly. people are gracious
here and are eager to share with you, mostly simple things, but
beautiful, raw, and real.

though, said by george simply, if ecuador is like a well fed cow then
peru is like a hungry bull. rough around the edges. the landscape, the
people: rough, dramatic, extremes. also quickly learned the spanish
word for greed. as we crossed the ecuadorian border, not only was the
northern peruvian dialect indistinguishable as spanish, sounding more
like russian, people wasted no time digging deep into our pockets. the
amount of tourists has really effected peruvians this way. it is an
unfortunate reality of our trip.

we find ourselves now in the beautiful town of cusco, after an amazing
four day trek on the famous inca trail to machu picchu, up and down,
pouring rain, glistening sunshine, over mountains peaking at 15,000 feet
losing your breath but feeling exhilirated, camping in the hills with
cold feet but great company. we also spent a day seeing the sacred
valley, so many inca ruins by motorcyle (wow!), our favorite was
ollentaytambo. at each site, there were groups of peruvian school kids
who found taking pictures of us was a novelty, greater than the site
itself!

exploring peru has been a never ending journey, moving forward,
momentum, seeing the detail and the wide expanse, feeling a culture
through its history, traditions, language and people. i have only just
begun.

of course there is so much more, so much my eyes have seen. we are off
to bolivia soon. we are looking forward to a country that is less
explored and more provincial. perhaps a christmas under the stars.

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