The Travel Bug

Come January, I have a strong desire to leave the cold north east in search of warmer places.

Last year, this time we were planning out trip to Peru.

We never visit the same place twice (okay the exception was Florida keys) but I do hope to go to Peru again.

From Downtown de Lima to Cuzco to the Inca Trail to Cuzco, then Lima it was a action packed fun filled 8 days!
Cuzco is rich in history and is the Historic Capital of the Inca Peoples.
The Inca Trail was definitely a challenge. This 4 day 3 night hike is 26 miles (43km) and when you are not catching your breath or waiting for your heart rate to slow down you can see the beautiful mountains, forest, animals, the waterfalls, tunnels, subtropical jungle and many Incan ruins. 
The group consisted of 4 Indians living in the USA, 2 Brazilian cousins, 1 French guy and the rest were from Argentina.
The group consisted of 4 Indians living in the USA, 2 Brazilian cousins, 1 French guy and the rest were from Argentina.
Of the four days the first was filled with excitement of whats to come, the second day definitely was pushing your body to its limits. 
The view was wonderful- snow-capped mountains,  mossy woods and forest before we emerged out to the open and the next five miles or so was extremely challenging.  The  altitude, with the  steep uneven steps seemed endless. Gasping for air, my heart beating out of my chest seemed that the hike to the  first pass was at 13,779 feet, known as “Pass of the Dead Woman”, would be impossible, but we made it and for like five seconds after reaching there i felt like a dead woman but soon recovered with a new burst of energy to climb another small mountain nearby! 
The third day was mostly down hill but the views were amazing. It was definitely the most scenic as promised.
I did not have a watch, nothing electronic on me except for a camera, so i had no concept of time. While the guides told me I was hiking for 5 hours it felt like ten, I ate meals they served, when they served and i used bathroom facilities whenever i need to. 
The fourth day started at 3.30am to hike some more to see our final destination Macchu Picchu. It was so worth it! No words could describe it, so I will let these pictures do the talking.
In Lima, we stayed at Miraflores house and the owner Francis P. Chauvel was an excellent host. He took us around but of all the places, I still dream of  Anticuchos de la Tía Grima.IMG_3764
That was Peru 2012. Now I am itching to climb another mountain, immerse myself in another culture and delight my senses – hmmm so many places to visit.

Getting into 2013

It was a mellow beginning. We spent the new years with our dear friends in Virginia so coming back to work on Wednesday was not easy. Neither was Thursday. But on Friday, I met DH in NYC and we ate oysters, and then went to a Korean Restaurant. We drove upstate over the weekend. The dogs had a blast in the snow!jan1stweek