To say that Machu Picchu is beautiful is an understatement. The views are breathtaking. It was a bit challenging climbing over all the rocks at that altitude (8,000 ft.), but it was well worth the visit. I've always wanted to see these spectacular Incan ruins, so now I can cross that off my bucket list.
|Group Shot at Lake Sandoval|
We then few back through Lima to Trujillo, in order to spend a few days at Holly and Ryan's apartment in Huanchaco, which is only minutes from the Trujillo airport. Huanchaco is a small fishing village on the Pacific Ocean, which is a destination for surfers around the world. Although this is the off season, there were still quite a few surfers doing their thing. Their apartment is adorable, only 2 blocks from the ocean. It is very comfortable and has a nice patio with an ocean view. It was a delightful relaxing finish to what had been a whirlwind vacation until then.
|Huanchaco Fishing Boats|
The Huanchaco fishermen cling to their old traditions of paddling out over the surf in their odd-shaped, hand-made boats to set their nets. Every morning, they sell their catch on the beach to local restaurants and vendors. We had some fabulous fresh fish ceviche while we were there, which is a Peruvian specialty. If you ever go to Peru, you have to try the ceviche.
We had an opportunity to visit Holly's Montessori pre-school and meet her students: about 27 children aged three to five. They were adorable! They love her, and she is obviously doing a great job with them. We are really proud of her, both for the contribution she is making and how she has coped with this new environment. She went down there in February speaking no Spanish and had to learn how to shop, find an apartment, and by the way, start teaching a class of children who don't speak any English. She has learned a great deal of Spanish since, and now is able to communicate with the children as well as get us through the day as an interpreter. She's amazing!
It was a fantastic vacation. It was wonderful to spend time with Holly and Ryan, as well as get in some good sight seeing. I'll have to admit though, after two weeks away, it was kind of nice to get back home.