Ancient Peru in 2 weeks

I’m way behind on posting so this will be a quick visual tour.

Lake Titicaca

We ended our time in Bolivia with a relaxing few days in Copacabana.

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Isla del Sol

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Isla del Sol

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Copacabana at night

 

Sacred Valley

One of the hardest decisions of the trip so far was to skip Machu Picchu. I’ve been battling a nagging knee injury for a few months, and at the time of planning I was struggling mightily just to walk around. Stairs and hills I would normally bound up and down became imposing obstacles. The mystical mountaintop of Machu Picchu has been among my top destinations for a long time, but alas, it remains on the list for a return trip.

On the bright side, we were able to enjoy a less physically demanding tour of the Sacred Valley, which was awe-inspiring in its own right.

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Pisac ruins

 

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Pisac

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Looking out from Pisac

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Ollantaytambo. Remember that part about my knee hurting..? I do.

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Ollantaytambo

 

The Peruvian coast

The consolation prize of missing out on Machu Picchu is that it opened up time for much needed beach relaxation. Mancara is a hip little surfer town on Peru’s northern stretch of coast. After a couple months of the high altitude Andean altiplano, it was refreshing to return to sea level.

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Stick bug. For scale: it’s ginormous.

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Just look at this handsome lizard

 

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Chan Chan ruins, Huanchaco

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Chan Chan ruins, Huanchaco. In fancy-pants black and white

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Tomb Raider. Minus tombs and raiding.

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Chan Chan ruins

 

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Squirrels. These are the only squirrels we saw in Peru, so who knows?

 

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