After a short tour of Guayaquil by bus (that's when the guide told us about the iguanas being protected by law), we arrived at the airport to take a 90 minute flight to San Cristobal Island. Once we arrived, another bus ride to the docks and a panga (think Jacques Cousteau/Zodiac boat) ride to the Isabella II, our home on the Pacific for the next few days.
Cusco to Lima to Guayaquil, Ecuador
Travel day! We left Cusco very early in the morning and arrived in Guayaquil in the afternoon and relaxed because tomorrow we travel again to get to the Galapagos Island. Hubby and I went out later in search of chocolate!!!!!!--an Ecuadorian export. We ended up at a local supermarket....much, much cheaper than the chocolate sold in the hotel.
Enjoy the photos of Guayaquil
The Awana Kancha Alpaca farm
After visiting Sasquewaman (Sexy Woman), it was onto the alpaca farm. First we fed alpacas and llamas whose ancestors originated in North America.
Next, the path led to a mock Inca village set up with women weaving and a plant-based, wool dyeing demonstration. The women sit all day weaving items for the gift shop. The proceeds from the sales go back to the village. The hats the women wear are distinctively different because the unique design represents that woman's village.
Lastly, you end up where all tours end....at the gift shop. There I bought baby alpaca yarn which at this writing is still in its ball waiting for the perfect item to crochet using this and other alpaca yarn I bought in Lima.
The day ended back in Cusco visiting a cathedral, dinner at a restaurant on the plaza and the arduous walk back up to the Hotel Monesterio. Our hearts were pounding like jack hammers even though we were walking VERY slowly. Visiting Peru was well worth the physical effort but I was so happy for the next day flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador and get back to sun, warmth and sea-level air.
From Macchu Picchu (MP) back to Cusco - 2 June
With our one-night stay in MP (9,000 ft) over after the tour, we boarded the bus for the winding trip down the mountainside to the train station to ride the rails back up to Urutambo (11,000 ft) for the bus ride further up to Cusco (12,000 ft). This train ride was a delight especially the lunch (see Fooodie Fotos).
The ride from Urutambo to Cusco was spectacular and the view from the mountain top rest stop was incredible.
Back in Cusco, we did one last tour of the Temple of the Sun upon which is a Spaniard-built Catholic church. We checked into the Hotel Monastario.....yes, the hotel was once a monastery and they do play monk chanting music. There is still a church in operation on the premise but don't worry...everything else is 21st century.
Cusco - 3 June
Today we went to Sasquewaman, better known as Sexy Woman, an Inca archeological site. Next stop - the Awana Kancha Alpaca Farm.
From the Inca village we took a bus to the train station for the ride to Macchu Picchu. The train ride was very comfortable with windows that extended into the roof for a full view of the mountains above and the river below on our way. After we checked into the hotel for the one-night stay and had lunch, we entered the site. Hubby did the more rigorous tour, but I stayed with the Slow-As-You-Go group (knee issues).
Enjoy the photos
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Hubby and I have been traveling the USA and a bit into Canada in Miss Winnie, our RV since 2006. We have also toured China, some of Europe, a bit of Northern Africa and Israel. To read about most of those journeys, go to www.rocksontheroad-racquelrhodes.blogspot.com.