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Chachapoyas 2022 - Peru

Amazonas

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In the north central part of Peru is an interesting area. It's part of the highlands, we were around 10,000 feet of elevation a lot of the time. But it's also part of the rainforest. The rivers here are part of the system that feeds into the Amazon rainforest and waterways eventually throughout all of Brazil. There are waterfalls, and deep canyons, and historic sites from pre-Inca times.

We based most of our travels from Chachapoyas, a large city in the Amazonas department of Peru. From there we hiked to several waterfalls, and saw rock carvings that are ancient sarcophagus, some of which haven't even been open yet and have mummified remains inside. We explored some caves that also include historic artifacts, and walked around the ancient fortress of Kuelap.

Unfortunately Kuelap was closed due to a recent rainstorm damaging one of the walls. It's set to be the next Machu Picchu site in Peru with lots of foundations that remain from rock walls and buildings.

Recommend:

  • any of the hikes around the area
  • Chachapoyas market and shopping / pedestrian street
  • Kuelap site
  • Sarcophagus of Karajia
  • Gocta waterfalls

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PANO view of the first hotel eco lodge
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taking a picture of the photographer taking a picture of Gocta waterfalls
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one of the valleys and view of 2nd hotel by the river
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Sonche canyon, just a 1600 foot drop to the bottom
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Cave with ruins
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hillside sarcophagus of Karajia
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Kuelap fortress
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Posted by MurkTravels 18:04 Archived in Peru Tagged culture history peru waterfall hike ancient 2022 Comments (0)

Trujillo 2022 - Peru

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North of Lima along the coast are several towns with historic and archeological sites. We took a long weekend trip up there to check it out.
First we flew into Trujillo, capital of La Libertad department. We checked out Chan Chan and the Huacas of the Sol and Luna.

Just north from there is the town of. Huanchaco, famed for it's reed fishing boats and surfing. There is also another site called El Brujo, with the remains of a pre-Inca female ruler of the area, during the reign of the Moche culture. It had a fantastic museum and they were continuing the excavation of the site.

After that was a bus ride north for several hours to the town of Chiclayo. The historic site up there is Sipan, also from the Moche time. It had the remains of other rulers as well. The actual bones, gold, and treasures they found are in a museum in town.

Recommend:

  • El Brujo site was my personal favorite
  • The Sipan museum has the most artifacts

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Trujillo main square
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Chan Chan site
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Huaca de la Luna
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El Brujo artifacts
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Sipan grave excavation
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Posted by MurkTravels 17:30 Archived in Peru Tagged culture history peru 2022 Comments (0)

outside Lima 2022 - Peru

archeological sites

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We spent a few weekends checking out the historic sites just outside the city limits (1-3 hours away from the center of Lima).

The first was Pachacamac to the south. It has been around for thousands of years, and has many different civilizations use it as a religious and commercial center on the coast. There is a very informative and modern museum there at the entrance. Then you can walk, bike, or drive a car to the rest of the locations on site. There are excavated and partially repaired temples, agricultural sites, meeting buildings, pyramids, walkways, and military style buildings.

The second location was in the north and is named Caral. It's believed to be the oldest built site in Peru and possibly all of the Americas at over 5000 years old. It has pyramids, houses, theater, and government buildings.

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PACHACAMAC

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CARAL

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Posted by MurkTravels 14:15 Archived in Peru Tagged museums temple history peru national south_america inca 2022 Comments (1)

Cusco and Machu Picchu 2021 - Peru

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After spending over a week in the Sacred Valley, went took a night train to the town at the base of Machu Picchu, named Aguas Clientes. The next morning was a very early alarm to take a bus to the gate at the grounds. We first hiked up Wayne Picchu, which is a mountain peak that overlooks the city of Machu Picchu. It was mostly foggy on the way up, but cleared for amazing views as we were leaving and hiking back down.

Then we met up with a guide and spent several more hours learning about the history and the specific buildings that make up the old Inca settlement. The name isn't actually known, but it goes by the name of the mountain it's on, Machu Picchu. It was definitely an amazing experience, one of the true wonders of the modern world.
Just a note though, they expect the crowd limitations to continue to be reduced every year, and maybe in 15-20 years have to shut it down completely due to the damage being done by tourists and the foot traffic.

Next we trained back to Cusco and spent several days in the city. There are 5 or so Inca sites around the edges of the town, a local artisan market, several Spanish churches, shops, and a cool plaza.

Recommend:

  • hike Waynu Picchu to get the best view of Machu Picchu
  • hire a guide and spend most of the day at Machu Picchu
  • visit San Pedro market in Cusco
  • eat at local places around the Cusco main plaza

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Cusco:
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Posted by MurkTravels 21:19 Archived in Peru Tagged history peru lima wonder cusco murktravels 2021 Comments (0)

Arriving in Lima 2021 - Peru

moving to Lima

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In September, we took the first step of a plan to explore South America, and specifically the country of Peru. It has the start of the Amazon river, areas of the Amazon jungle, mountain peaks over 22,000 feet, sand desert and a hidden oasis, the coast with beaches. Plus the biggest reasons that visitors come here are the amazing food options and Machu Picchu.

We are basing our stay in Lima, near family. I will learn some basic Spanish and do some remote work. There is also a lot to see and do in Lima, with a lot of Spanish and Inca history. It's home to 11 million people, about 1/3 of the country population. There's lots of restaurants, museums, beaches, and neighborhoods to check out in Lima. Plus a lot of week long trips planned around the country.

Recommend:

  • Peruvian ceviche
  • the Sacred Valley near Cusco
  • Machu Picchu (obviously)
  • spending some time at the beaches
  • catching a local futbol match
  • more Peruvian food
  • Museums & historic sites in Lima

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Ica & Huacachina oasis
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Lima food
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Lima sites
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Posted by MurkTravels 21:06 Archived in Peru Tagged churches food park history peru ice lima travels 2021 murk Comments (0)

Cairo 2020 - Egypt

a trip back in time

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After visiting Israel, we extended our trip into Egypt. We ventured from the Red Sea beach area across the desolate Sinai peninsula, and into the large metro of Cairo.

There is so much history here with the ancient kingdoms of Egypt and all the artifacts, both large as pyramids and as small as tiny jewels and carved art. Unfortunately, regional and global events have devastated the countries economy. A large and visible portion of the population is in extreme poverty, and their is little in the way of social services to help individuals or even keep the city clean.

They are building a new Egyptian musuem near the Giza pyramids. But we got to tour the original one in the main city area. In addition we saw a couple other museums, and local craft stores dealing with papyrus and rug making. Our time was short, but we saw some highlights and got a feel for the city.

Recommend:

  • Egyptian museum
  • Memphis museum
  • Giza plateau for sites of the pyramids
  • local shops that make rugs, parchments, or other products by hand

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Giza
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Memphis
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Egyptian museum
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Red Sea resort
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Posted by MurkTravels 10:31 Archived in Egypt Tagged me churches museums history travel egypt africa 2020 murktravels Comments (0)

Jerusalem 2020 - Israel

pilgrimage

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Dad and I took a family and group pilgrimage to the Christian holy lands in Israel. Our agenda took us from the capital Tel Aviv to most parts of the country. We stayed up north around the Sea of Galilee, got to check out the Mediterranean Sea coast on the west, drove through part of the West Bank and Golan Heights, stayed in Jerusalem, and then headed south to the Dead Sea and Red Sea.

There is an amazing amount of history in this region of the world. Lots of the cities are just layers of civilizations built over the previous ones. You can see a large influence of Europe due to the Roman rule for so long, and currently there's a very international feel to some of the large more culturally modern cities. Although it seems like most of the Israeli's prefer to socially separate themselves and resist any change.

It's definitely recommended, and was very helpful that we had a knowledgeable guide to lead us around and provide more insight.
Afterward we added on some time in Egypt.

Recommend:

  • Caesarea historic site
  • Beit She'an ruins
  • Dead Sea float
  • all of Jerusalem: 4 quarters, Israeli museum, Yeshuda market
  • Sea of Galilee area

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Roman Ruins
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Sea of Galilee
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Dead Sea
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rural view
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urban view (Jerusalem)
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Posted by MurkTravels 09:15 Archived in Israel Tagged me churches history israel asia 2020 murktravels Comments (0)

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