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Reaching the Heights in Macchu Picchu

We Did It! We Did It! We Did It!

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No photos as yet. But sitting almost breathless in Cuzco. We saw the Inca ruins of Sachsayhuaman or Sexy Woman today en route back to Cuzco for a 2 night stay. Massive stones with many angles almost miraculously placed over a massive area. But every thing on this trip pales so far compared with our 4 hours and 2 trips to some of the heights of Macchu Picchu yesterday. It was almost beyond belief that we were able to climb first to the Inca Keystone and back to Sanctuary Lodge for lunch then back up the hundreds of steps to the Watchmans hut for the famous view of Macchu Picchu that you see in all famous pictures. We met Llamas and many breathless tourists on the way up but made it! Almost beyond belief that this trip so far has involved a trip under the Iguassu Falls, a cruise to Antarctica and Macchu Picchu and we have not got to Lake Titicaca or La Paz as yet!

I will try and transfer some photos to a USB tomorrow and upload them to this blog. Sorry to make you wait but thats technology for you. Tonight we sleep in the Libertador Hotel which was Pachacuti the Inca private palace and then the Palace of Fernando Pizarro after the Spanish Conquest.

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Peru at last!

A land of breathtaking beauty

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Today we climbed the Fortress of Ollantytambo -almost to the top but to the Sacred Gate. The scenery is fantastic and neither of us are suffering from Altitude Sickness. We are staying at a lovely hotel with the Mountains of the Sacred Valley of the Incas rearing up around us. Who would have believed that would be here and be able to enjoy this so much. Valparaiso and Santiago were interesting but this is extraordinary. Tomorrow its off to Machu Pichu after lunch at Sanctuary Lodge. Today we learned to play the Andean flute the Quena, and drank some Chicha or Maize Beer. We also saw a few Llamas and a lot of Guinea Pigs but we will not say what they are being kept for. I will add photos when we reach Cuzco day after tomorrow.

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2nd Last Sea Day

Punta Arenas to Valparaiso

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We are nearly at the end of our 3rd week away and 2nd last sea day. yesterday we sat in the atrium and listened to tango musicand were part of a comic juggler's act. In the middle of this act the ship's capatain made an urgent call for a rare blood group O Negative for a critically ill passenger. Last night while the ship was Rockin and Rollin in the pacific swell the boys and girls put on a spirited rendition of the Motown Show without missing a step. Today passengers are receiving their ship accounts and look shocked at how much extra this ALL INCLUSIVE fare has cost.
The devil made me do it! somehow my hand seems to have raised itself during some of the art auctions,and now I'm the surprised owner of several limited edition prints.
Today is a social whirl, Captains cocktail party, then a formal dinner, then we will construct a champgne waterfall , followed by a full cast show.It's very tiring all this having fun. Hoping you are the same.

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Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

A day of rest for some

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Hopefully the above gives some idea of what we experienced in the Antarctic. I am currently sitting comfortably on the ship as Celina visists a large colony of Magellanic Penguins on magdalena Island in the Magellan Strait. I am recovering from a nasty respiratory infection and could not go. Tonight we leave for Santiago and one night in the Hotel then it's off to Peru and Bolivia.

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Cape Horn to Ushaia

Rough Sea follows ship from Antarctica

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Our last planned day in Antarctic waters was cancelled when the Captain advised we were leaving the White Continent as there was a massive low pressure system coming straight at us which would be associated with Force 8-9 gales and 35-40 feet seas. We fled across the Drake passage and although it was a little rough the ship rerached an island off Cape Horn in the early hours of this morning and sheltered in its Lee until we could safely sail around Cape horn mid-morning. We are now sailing the Beagle Channel between Chile and Argentina and expect to anchor off Ushaia tonight instead of tomorrow morning. Apart from a cough we have been well and have enjoyed this fabulous cruise and the unbelievably good weather from the Flakland Islands to the first 3 days of Antarctica. Still have 6 nights left of the cruise then on to Peru and Bolivia.
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