Peru Day 10: Lima to DC

From home.

Another great trip with Dr. Craven and the travelers from Milford HS.  Our re-entry to the US goes like this – a bus ride from Puno to Juliaca, then we fly from to Juliaca to Cuzco, and Cuzco to Lima.  Overnight we return to Miami and pass through customs.  Everyone else is returning via Boston, so I say my goodbyes and board my flight to DC. A subway ride and a taxi trip and I am home by 11:30 AM.  About a 26 hour return trip and plenty of time left in the weekend for laundry and groceries before returning to the office tomorrow.

Now that I am home, some final thoughts and these three things about Peru:

  • The Peruvians are a kind, generous, and friendly people who welcome you to their country to share the heritage of the stunning Andes mountains. Every turn on a road brings new views of soaring peaks, beautiful valleys, and the stories of the Peruvian people.
  • In Peru there are stray dogs everywhere. It’s a problem that Peruvians know needs to be resolved, but no solution yet. Still the dogs for the most part stay out of the way.

    Stray dogs at Machu Picchu

  • The Peruvian drivers have no patience! A two lane road is an invitation for passing anytime, anywhere – regardless of how close oncoming traffic is. We even passed a police car!

Tour guides, drivers, and boat pilots are our connection to a new place, and Peru featured some of the best: Daniel for our entire trip, Jesus at the Cathedral of Lima, Pepe in Cuzco, Manuel in Puno, and many others.

As we traveled through Peru it became apparent that there is more than one way to spell place names. Not surprising in a country with several languages. Over the course of the blog for this trip you may have noticed several variations in spellings. Cuzco or Cusco.  Titkaka or Titicaca. As far as I know they are all correct.

Name dropping: Seeing new destinations and learning how people all around the world live their lives makes these trips a real adventure, but it’s the fellow travelers that really make the trip. Like my other overseas trips, Peru featured old friends and new – Brad, Craig, Sue, Dennis, Ron, Mickey, Donna, Marguerite, Carol, Gina, Sue, Bernie, Jessica, Meg, Dan, Shannon, Peter, Barbara, Mike, Greg, Michelle, Greg, Kaydee, Neil, Mike, Marie, Maggie, Cathy, and Chris.

The travelers of Craven – Peru 2016

I look forward to our next adventure together and thank you for your photographic inspiration as you always found great views of the places we saw and the people we met …

Wedding photos at the Park of Love

Roasting chickens at Pardos

On the way to dinner in Cuzco

A chinchilla watching the tour at Machu Picchu

The Machu Picchu fast group

Mountain glaciers of Bolivia

Taquile Island

Now that I am home the process of copying and backing up RAW picture and MOV video files begins. Then I will set to work on the video, photo galleries, and photo book. Note that for last year’s South African Safari I have only just finished the video, so as the Peruvian tour guides say, I should have this trip video ready in about 10 minutes! But before that, one last look at Machu Picchu …

Shooting timelapse and taking in the view

10 Comments on “Peru Day 10: Lima to DC

  1. Thank you Michael for documenting this amazing adventure! Looking forward to future travels!

    • Thanks for taking a look, Shannon!! See you soon!

  2. Nice grand finale! How many ways to spell Macchu Piccu? The sky looks like a watercolor in the small group Cusco photo! Hopefully, Gina will be able to give you a full recap on her photo workflow in Cuba. Jean and Chris might join us in CUBA!

    • Thanks, Mickey! My favorite spelling was Machupucchu. Good to hear we have more people for Cuba.

  3. Thank you again for a wonderful recap of our Perivian adventure.

  4. Another great adventure. Thanks Micheal for capturing the essence of the experience in your pictures and words.

    • Thanks, Carol. Looking forward to our next trip!!

  5. That was a great recap of the trip and all your pictures are wonderful! Thank you for posting the blog. Neil and I had a great time on this Peruvian adventure and hope to travel with you and the group again soon.

    • Thanks for reading!! Great traveling with you and Neil!

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