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Peru Discovery - Chapter 4

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Peru Discovery - Chapter 4

I have wanted to visit Machu Picchu since I first glimpsed a photo of it in my 4th grade geography text book.  Today, along with the rest of our tireless group, I would get that opportunity. There are many theories of how Machu Picchu was used by the Inca Empire but several are more accepted than others.  Some believe it was an estate of the Inca emperor Pachacuti (who may have...

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Peru Discovery - Chapter 3

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Peru Discovery - Chapter 3

After a quick breakfast at our hotel, our adventurous group of travelers loaded a bus and began a day of exploration of the Urubamba Sacred Valley.  After following the Urubamba River out of Cusco, we began climbing along a new highway to Cuyuni Pass, a mountain peak at an elevation of nearly 14,000 feet.  After being greeted by our guide, we spent the next several hours hiking along an Andean mountain...

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Peru Discovery - Chapter 2

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Peru Discovery - Chapter 2

Our second day of discovery began with a flight to Cusco, the historical capital of the Inca Empire.   We had time to rest and adjust to the high altitude (over 11,000 feet) before meeting our guide Carlos Seminario (a Cusco native) and beginning a tour of the city.  With the aid of some well-done exhibit interpretation, it is easy to pick out the shapes of the many animal figures that have come...

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Peru Discovery

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Peru Discovery

In mid-February a group of Denver Botanic Gardens supporters and I began an exciting journey to Peru, spending time in each of the three major climate zones – the coastal desert, mountainous Andes highlands, and the rainforest of eastern Peru.  Over the next several weeks, I will present highlights from this trip, sponsored by Denver Botanic Gardens and Reefs to Rockies Travel. We begin our adventure in Peru’s capital city, Lima. ...

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