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Tuesday, November 15, 2005
The Diary: Friday 21 October 2005 to Friday 28 October 2005

21 Oct
Up early and took a boat ride out to the Ballestra Islands, a bird sanctuary and sea lio haven. The it was a 138 mile ride to Nasca.

22 Oct
Day free in Nasca. We flew in a 15 seater aircraft, nickname the “Vomit Comet”, to see the Nasca Lines. Lots of low leveltight right and left turns in 100 degree heat. Very disorientating and one of the guys was sick.

23 Oct
300 miles to Abancay. A long slow ride through twisting mountain bends. We climbed very quickly to over 15,000 feet. We rode across the Pampa Reserva and saw lots of herds of vicuna, llama and alpaca. It got very cold at the high altitude, even snowed a little!

24 Oct
125 miles today to Cusco. High altitude riding all the way. Very spectacular views through the mountains and could even see glaciers. As you come into Cusco you get amazing views over the city.

26 Oct
We took the train to Machu Picchu, reputed to be one of the top train journeys in the world through lush valleys and jungles. Then a short bus ride to Machu Picchu, the Inca fortress in the sky. Absolutely stunning. It was a long day, up at 5.30 am and not back until 9.30pm, but well worth it.

27 Oct
My birthday today and David’s tomorrow, so we celebrated it together. Had a group meal in one of Cusco’s top restaurants, with a live band and show. We both had to wear traditional Peruvian costumes for the whole evening, as part of our birthday party. A great day and I won’t forget my 21st in a hurry!

28 Oct
Our final day in Cusco and we all spent it recovering from the drinking from the night before.