S: Our First Trip with Overseas Adventure Travel 2011
BC: July 2011 Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT)--- a better way to explore; culture, history and people | We walked among the incredible ruins of the “Lost City of the Incas”, experienced the Peruvian culture in the Andean landscape of the Sacred Valley, straddled the equator in Ecuador, and swam in an unspoiled cove with frolicking baby sea lions as playmates. | Making Memories
FC: Our First Trip with Overseas Adventure Travel | Darwin Research Center Galapagos | Center of the World Quitos, Ecuador | Sun Gate Machu Picchu
1: Overseas Adventure Travel | Machu Picchu, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands July 1-July 17, 2011 July 1 Departed for Lima, Peru July 2 Arrived Lima, had a walking tour of the Miraflores area July 3 Visited Villa El Salvador, a local market and Pachacamac (a pre-Inca site) July 4 Flew to Cuzco . Toured Pisac July 5 Boarded a train in Ollantaytambo for Machu Picchu July 6 Hiked to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. July 7 Visited a local market and massive fortress of Ollantaytambo. School visit and home hosted lunch. July 8 Visited Saqsaywaman, participated in a healing ceremony, Qoricancha Sun Temple July 9 Flew from Cuzco to Quito, Ecuador July 10 Toured Quito, home hosted dinner July 11 Flew to San Cristobal Island, Galapagos July 12 San Cristobal Island, Cerro Brujo & Isla Lobos July 13 Espanola Island, Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay July 14 Floreana Island, Post Office Bay & Punta Cormorant July 15 Santa Cruz and Baltra Island, flew back to Quito July 16 Flew to Miami July 17 Flew home | Terry Behrendt 9711 Savannah Wichita, Ks 67215
2: Peru | Mae Behrendt 9711 Savannah Wichita, Ks 67215
3: We flew from Miami at midnight, arriving in Lima early in the morning to start our Overseas Adventure Travel.... | Lima, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu, Peru July 1-July 9, 2011 July 1 Departed Miami for Lima, Peru July 2 Arrived in Lima early morning. After resting we did a walking tour of the Miraflores area and visited the National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru. July 3 We visited the Pachacamac archeology site, a local market to buy vegetables for the soup kitchen at the Villa El Salvador shanty town, and finished with lunch at the seaside area of Larcomar. Strolled the coast line and walked back to the hotel. July 4 Flew to Cuzco and traveled overland into the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River, center of the Inca Empire. Seen ancient Inca burial sites at Pisac. July 5 Boarded the train in Ollantaytambo for Machu Picchu. We had a brief walking tour of Machu Picchu and history lesson before heading back to our hotel in Aguas Calintes. July 6 Got up early for a hike up the Inca trail to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. Returned to the hotel for lunch and took the train back to Ollantaytambo. July 7 Visited a local market and massive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. We visited the Villa Marcelo Primary School spent the day in the life of Peru people and enjoyed a home hosted lunch in Urubamba. July 8 Visited the Saqsaywaman fortress. Seen a healing ceremony by a local Andean shaman, and visited the Qoricancha Sun Temple. | Our trip leader in Peru was Pepe Campoy
4: Jose Antonio Hotel | No matter where you are you are never far from a McDonalds | Lima, Peru | Miraflores District
5: known for its shopping areas, gardens, flower-filled parks and beaches | standing in front of President Kennedy | art in the park | Government Palace | Monastery of San Francisco | Monastery of San Francisco
6: Dining in Miraflores District | Mango's in the Larcomar Shopping Mall over hanging the ocean | Cafe de la Paz
7: Salazar Park, Larcomar District, Lima | Local transportation--Mototaxi
8: National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History of Peru | Inca Pottery | The museum houses more than 100,000 artifacts spanning the entire history of human occupation in what is now Peru.
9: Pachacamac, a pre-Incan archaeological site located near Lima outskirts. This was an ancient religious center dedicated to the pre-Incan God of Creation | Pachacamac Day 3 of our adventure
10: We visited the market on our way to shanty town to pick up vegetables for their soup kitchen. The soup kitchen helps to feed the small children and elderly people.
11: Peru the birthplace of the potato. Peru has over 3000 varieties of potatoes and comes at least 9 colors.
13: Villa El Salvador began in 1971 and was built on trash dump. It was a site constructed by impoverished refugees and has expanded into a 350,000 person community. The residents have created a functioning society, complete with schools, clinics , water and electricity. | Villa El Salvador seen from a distance | Soup Kitchen
14: a typical rural house in Peru, stair cases and kitchens are built on the outside | shopping for llama scarves at at Factoria La Vicunita | typical house top decoration with two bulls and cross for good luck and fertility | Day 4 of our adventure. We flew to Cuzco. Took a bus ride through the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River | Cuzco Airport
15: Pisac the first stop in the Sacred Valley | Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River | Inca Terraces
16: The ladies dresses and hats identified what part of the Andes they came from | Awana Kancha "Palace of Weavers"
17: Weavers from the highlands showing different styles of weaving and how they prepare and dye llama wool.
18: South American Camelids Alpaca Llama Vincuna Guanaco
19: Guanaco | Awana Kancha "Palace of Weavers" | Vincuna
20: Ruins at Pisac | Inca burial sites
21: A vital Inca road once snaked its way up the canyon that enters the Urubamba Valley at Pisac. The citadel, at the entrance to this gorge, now in ruins, controlled a route which connected the Inca Empire with Paucartambo, on the border of the eastern jungles. Set high above a valley floor patch-worked by patterned fields and rimmed by vast terracing, the stonework and panoramas at Pisac's Inca citadel are magnificent. Terraces, water ducts and steps have been cut out of solid rock, and in the upper sector of the ruins, the main Sun Temple is equal of anything at Machu Picchu. Above the temple lie still more ruins, mostly unexcavated, and among the higher crevices and rocky overhangs several ancient burial sites are hidden. | Hotel and courtyard at Urubamba
22: The town of Ollantaytambo | Ollantaytambo is an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley. The town has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning. The town is divided in canchas "blocks" which are almost entirely intact. Each cancha has only one entrance, usually a huge stone doorway, which leads into a central courtyard. The houses surround the courtyard.
23: Train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes | Making Memories
24: Machu Picchu-- Lost City of the Incas-- was one of the highlights of our trip and getting to hike to the Sun Gate as the clouds cleared in the early morning was an amazing sight not to be missed.
25: Machu Picchu 100th Anniversary | the Inca throne | Front door to the city
28: Sun Gate
29: at the top of the Inca trail from Cuzco | Looking down on Machu Picchu | Early morning at Sun Gate | The Gate of the Sun trail runs from the Peruvian city Cuzco to Machu Picchu, covering about 8 miles and reaching a height of 8,692 feet above sea level. Most of the trail is constructed on large rock slabs as tall as 4 feet, making high steps. As travelers reach the end of the trail, the first sight of the city comes as they pass through the Sun Gate The Sun Gate marks the location of the Temple of the Sun, a large tower carved from rock. Carvings circle around the tower and point to the position of the sun at the time of the summer solstice. Rock slab altars and stones apparently meant for seating surround the area. To accompany the Temple of the Sun are monuments that locate the sun's position at the winter solstice and the location of the moon during the year. | Steep climb to the top
30: Ruins of Ollantaymbo | Our guide Pepe got us up early to beat the crowds, so we could enjoy the serenity of the morning.
31: Day 7 in our adventure | The amazing stone work of the Inca is so unbelievable that it keeps you in awe! | Ollantaytambo is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The temple area is at the top of steep terracing which helped to provide excellent defenses. Stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba river - an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. The complex was still under construction at the time of the conquest and was never completed. | After Manco Inca was defeated by the Spanish at Saqsaywaman, following the unsuccessful siege of Cuzco (1536) he retreated to Ollantaytambo. Francisco Pizarro's younger brother Hernando led a force of 70 cavalry, 30 foot soldiers and a large contingent of natives to capture Manco Inca. The Inca's forces, joined by neighboring jungle tribes, rained down showers of arrows, spears and rocks upon the unfortunate Spanish troops. In an intelligent move the Inca's flooded the plains below their stronghold making it difficult for the horses to maneuver. Hernando, uncharacteristically, ordered a hasty retreat. Ollantaytambo became the only place ever to have resisted attacks from the Spanish. However, their victory was short-lived when the Spanish returned with four times their previous force. Manco Inca retreated to his jungle stronghold in Vilcabamba and Ollantaytambo fell into the hands of the Spanish.
32: Villa Marcelo Primary School
33: The children did a skit of farmers going off to work in the coca fields.
34: A favorite drink of the Inca nobility, Chicha, a fermented drink made from maize. Any house could be a Corn Beer Bar, all they needed was to hang a red marker outside.
35: A typical kitchen has a wood burning fire and guinea pigs running around
36: Travel is always a New Adventure
37: To experience a day in the life of the Peruvian people, we were given a tour of Urubamba. It was the town Pepe, our guide, was raised in. We visited the market, his church and got to ride in a Mototaxi. | Market at Urubamba
38: As part of our day in the life, we were invited to a home hosted lunch. We made our own cornmeal tortillas to go with guinea pig 'cuy' , spaghetti with lupine sauce, and potatoes.
40: Saqsaywaman (Quechua for "satisfied falcon")-the impressive Inca fortress and "Royal House of the Sun" which stood guard over Cuzco, was built from 1431 to 1508. It is hard not to be impressed by the beauty and monumental scale of this important Inca construction. The fortress is generally attributed to the period of Inca Pachacuti,the man who essentially founded the Inca empire. The main ramparts consist of three massive parallel walls zigzagging together for some 437.5 yards, designed to make any attacker expose his flanks. The massive blocks, the largest being 28 feet high and weighing nearly 300 tons, are fitted together with absolute perfection. The foundations are made of Yucay limestone brought from over 9 miles away. The outer walls are made from massive diorite blocks from nearby, and the inner buildings and towers are made from dark andesite some of it brought from over 21 miles away. With only natural fibre ropes, stone hammers and bronze chisels it must have been an enormous task. Saqsaywaman played an important part in the final defeat of the Inca Empire by the Spanish. Pizarro's party entered Cuzco unopposed in 1533 and lived there securely for more than two years before finally being caught unprepared by the rebellion of Manco Inca in 1536. | Saqsaywaman
41: Christo Blanco, on a hill above Cuzco near Saqsaywaman, was a gift from Christian Palestinians who were in Cuzco as refugees in 1945.
43: We experienced a special visit with a Andean Shaman outside Cuzco We all made a wish and then he sent it on the wind to the mountain for them to come true.
44: Cuzco | Coricancha "Temple of the Sun" ---Quechua meaning 'Golden Courtyard'. The Spanish build the Convent of Santo Domingo on top of the ruins.
45: Church of la Compania | Plaza de Armas | Cuzco from a hill top | A parade on the Plaza
47: This street in Cuzco is famous for it's Chicharron 'fried pork rinds'
49: of fine dining | So many good choices.... | Fine dining in Peru and Ecuador
50: Terry Behrendt 9711 Savannah Wichit, KS 67215 | Ecuador
51: After spending 8 exciting days in Peru we continued our adventure by flying to Ecuador | Quito and Galapagos Island Ecuador July 9 -July 16, 2011 July 9 Departed Cuzco, flying to Lima to Quito, Ecuador July 10 Toured Quito's historic center and stood on the equator. We had a home hosted Ecuadorian dinner. July 11 Flew to Galapagos and boarded the Queen of Galapagos. July 12 Explored the flora and fauna of San Cristobal Island July 13 Explored Espanola Island July 14 Experienced Floreana Island July 15 Went to the Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, transfered to Baltra Island to the airport and flew to Quito. July 16 Flew to Lima and back to Miami. July 17 Flew home.
52: Having a hardy potato soup for lunch on the Plaza in Quito | Eating alfresco on the plaza. | Quito | "La Plaza de la Independencia"
53: The Plaza always make an interesting place to watch people. | Guard at the Government's Palace
54: El Ejido Park on the Public Land
56: Walking on the Equator
57: Museo de Sitio Intinan
58: Monument on the Equator located 20 minutes from Quito at San Antonio de Pichincha.
59: Museo Etnografico Mitad del Mundo
60: Market in Quito
62: We were invited to a home hosted supper at Fabio's house. Her family lives in an second story apartment with two small children. She served baked chicken thighs, white rice, cooked red cabbage and a cooked plantain. For desert, we enjoyed a cooked pudding. Fabio fixed a boiled oatmeal drink as a special treat, very interesting...
64: Day 11 of our adventure
65: Galapagos Islands July 11-16, 2011 July 11 Flew from Quitos to Galapagos Island. Visited the Cerro Colorado Breeding Station and settled in on the Queen of Galapagos. July 12 Visited the Cerro Brujo unspoiled beaches and Isla Lobos on San Cristobal Island July 13 Explored Punta Suarez and Gardner Bay on Espanola Island and snorkeled in frigid water with the baby sea lions. July 14 Visited Post Office Bay and Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island and snorkeled with sea turtles. Saw a raft of Galapagos penguins. July 15 Visited the Darwin Research center on Santa Cruz before taking a water taxi to Baltra Island to fly back to Quitos. | Flew from Quito, to Quayaquil to San Cristobal Island
66: San Cristobal Island Puerto Baquerizo Moreno capital of Galapagos Islands
67: Queen of Galapagos
68: Queen of Galapagos
69: The man to know
70: We were always well fed | The food was delicious and wait staff very attentive
71: Snacks were always waiting on us when we returned...
72: Walking on the wild side | turtles hatched in 2010-2011 | Cerro Colorado Galapagos Breeding Station
73: Where the Wild T hings Are | Warbler Finch | Holy Wood Tree | Manzanillo (poison apple) tree
74: Kicker Rock | July 12 | Panga Ride | Sally Lightfoot Crab
75: San Cristobal Island | Iguana trail | Sea Lion | Cerro Brujo | Brown Pelican | Marine Iguana | American Oyster Catcher
76: Lava Lizard | American Oyster Catcher | Blue Footed Boobie | Sea Lion | Queen of Galapagos | Sea Lion | our second day on the islands to explore
77: San Cristobal Island Cerro Brujo Beach | Sally Lightfoot Crab | Great Frigatebird | Brown Pelican | Sea Lion
78: Lava Lizard | Marine Iguana | Sea Lion | Lava Lizard | We were the only people on the the beach. | Sea Lion Tracks
79: Cerro Brujo Bay | San Cristobal Island | Queen of Galapagos | American Oyster Catcher | Kicker Rock | Kicker Rock
80: Espanola Island Punta Suarez Beach | Galapagos Hawk Waved Albatross Marine Iguana Nazca Boobies Galapagos Dove
81: Marine Iguana | Waved Albatross | Nazca Bobbies | Galapagos Dove | Iguana Tracks | Nazca Bobbies
82: Espanola Island Gardner Bay | Snorkeling Adventure by Isla Tortuga
83: Panga Ride | Pacific Green Turtle | Blue Footed Boobies | Baby Sea Lion | Yellow Warbler | Darwin Finch | Galapagos Dove
84: Espanola Island Gardner Bay
85: Sea Lion | Sally Lightfoot Crab | Panga ride | Swallow Tailed Gull | Sea lion tracks | Roberto Peralvo, trip leader | Hood Mockingbirds defending their territory | Marine Iguanas | Hood Mockingbird
86: Floreana Island | Punta Cormorant Bay
87: Yellow Warbler | Galapagos Locust | Galapagos Penguins | Leather Leaf Tree | Darwin Finch | Lava Heron | Cut Leaf Daisy | Greater Flamingo | Galapagos Cotton
88: Floreana Island Post Office Bay | Post Office Bay is a historical site because of a wooden barrel that was put there in the 18rh century by a group of whalers. From that time, tourists and seamen have used it as a post office. Visitors sift through th pile of postcards and letters deposited inside the barrel, and if they find one that they can deliver personally to its destination, they take it with them. | Espanola | San Cristobal | Santa Cruz
89: Galapagos Cotton | Lava Lizard | Prickly Pear Cactus
90: Santa Cruz Darwin Research Center
91: Prickly Pear Cactus | Prickly Pear Cactus | Darwin Finch | Lonesome George | Galapagos Land Iguana
92: Our trip leader Roberto Peralvo Leaving Santa Cruz by water taxi
93: Leaving Baltra Island
94: Birds Galapagos Penquin Waved Albatross Galapagos Shearwater Red-billed tropic bird Great Frigate bird Blue-footed boobie Nazca Boobie Brown Pelican Greater Flamingo Greater Blue Heron Carrle Egret Lavan Heron Galapagos Hawk Galapagos Dove Galapagos Mockingbird Hood Mockingbird American Oystercatcher Medium Tree Finch Woodpecker Finch Warbler Finch Swallow_Tailed Gull Yellow Warbler Invertebrates Carpenter Bee Monarch Butterfly \ | Reptiles Gaint Tortoise Pacific Green Sea Turtle Marine Iguana Galapagos Land Iguana Lava Lizard Marine Mammals Galapagos Sea Lion Crustacean Sally Lightfoot Crab Ghost Crab Hermit Crab Plants Red Mangrove Tree Black Mangrove Tree Galapagos Cotton Manzanillo "Poison Apple" Tree Incense Tree Scalesia Tree | Galapagos Wildlife Check List
95: Tour Members from left to right: Riitta Smith not shown: Mae Behrendt Gunn Furse Carl Roark Evelyn Kramer Dan Vogt Nancy Mitchell Linda Perkins Bob Mitchell John Cooper Kristiina Vogt Sheila Morrell Sally Morrison Howard Fine
96: we had: plane rides---14 train rides---2 yacht ride--4 days panga rides--4 days bus rides--12 other modes of transportation--2 hotel check ins--6 | Guanaco Vicuna Galapagos penguin Giant tortoise Waved albatross Sally lightfoot crab Marine iguana Pacific green sea turtle Darwin finches Blue footed boobies | Top 10 Animal Sightings | At the End of Our Adventures
97: watching a parade in Aquas Calientes walking the streets of Villa el Salvador visiting with our travel leaders-- Pepe and Roberto shopping in the town markets visiting with children at their school dining at two home hosted meals standing on the equator tasted a pisco sour, chicha riding on the Inca Express trying all the local cuisine | Machu Picchu Sun Gate on the Inca Trail Pachaccamac Sacred Valley Ollantaytambo Saqsaywaman Temple and Convent of La Merced Galapagos Islands Qoricancha "the Sun Temple Ecuador Government Palace | Top 10 Cultural Experiences | Top 10 Sights Visited