York Street gardens will close at 3 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 27 to prepare for Glow at the Gardens.
Glow at the Gardens is sold out (no tickets available at the door).
The pumpkin patch at Chatfield Farms is closed for the season.
A few years back, during a period of extended heavy rain, a stretch of train lines along the Urubamba River (the only reasonably convenient way to reach Machu Picchu) were washed out, stranding hundreds of tourist and day travelers in Aguas Calientes. The tiny mountain town was not prepared for so many people needing food and lodging for such an extended period and a certain level of chaos ensued. In an effort to prevent a repeat of that situation and reduce the number of people who could potentially be stranded, when the river reaches “a level of concern”, the rail operators stop allowing passengers on trains going to Aguas Calientes.
The grounds of the Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel are home to hundreds of beautiful orchids but there are many other beautiful plants and flowers to admire as well. Bromeliads and fuchsia are abundant and there is also a small tea plantation where workers grow, harvest and dry their own blend of tea leaves. There is also a wide diversity of bird and butterfly species to enjoy. The hotel staff routinely fills humming bird feeders and place fresh fruit on tree branches to attract the birds and butterflies, making observation and photography a bit easier.
For most of the group, this was our final evening in Peru so we gathered for one last dinner as a group and toasted new experiences and new friendships with a few bottles of Peruvian wine. I hope everyone had a wonderful trip. For me, it was a pleasure meeting such interesting and diverse folks and I hope they all know how much I enjoyed their enthusiasm and appreciation of the wonders we were able to experience.