Best of Peru Adventures

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    After a short tour of Lima, we headed north for eight hours and 250 miles on the night bus to Huaraz, which became our jumping off spot to visits to the villages of Vicos, Huaripampa, and Huamachuco. While in Huaraz, we enjoyed great food and were constantly entertained by the El Senor de la Soledad Festival. We took an afternoon trip out to Huaripampa to visit with a weavers cooperative. During our visit to Vicos, we lived in adjacent buildings. Small groups of us ate with and helped our host families. We hiked up to their potato and tuber fields to dig up the vegetables for a community feast called "Panchamama" feast or mother earth feast. Most of their marriages are arranged. They have no electricity or running water. In our visit to Huamachuco, we learned that many supplement their income by providing guide and porter service to the tourists who hike and climb the famous Cordillera Blanca Mountains. Our highlight here was a hike up to Lake 69 at about15,000 feet where we drank hot mate' from china cups and ate meat and cheese sandwiches while resting by the "bluest" lake in the world. We traveled by private bus to Chinchero where we toured the Inca ruins and visited a weavers coop. We had demonstrations of weaving and wool dying. Our lunch included the national Peruvian foods of potatoes and cuy or guinea pig. We continued our journey Cusco where we saw many celebrations and enjoyed the food and nightlife. On our way to Machu Picchu we spent the night in Ollantaytambo where we unexpectedly came across a huge three-day festival that was ending that day. We joined the festivalgoers. There were more than twenty groups that were dressed in various costumes ranging from drunken cowboys,whip dancers, lawyers with very long noses, bejeweled step dancers, bolo dancers, to fancy hat dancers. There were also horse riders who tried to grab a corncob that was suspended over the raceway on a rope. The following morning, we caught the train to kilmoreless