I am currently on a fantastic trip to South America, a place second only to my home continent of North America. I love it here! Great landscapes, colorful cultures, exotic experiences - it has everything. I am serving as the Study Leader for 17 people to Peru and Ecuador with the Smithsonian Institute's travel program, Smithsonian Journey's. You can check out their full listing of trips here.
This blog posting begins in Peru's Sacred Valley along the Urubamba River. I have been here many times before but never in such gorgeous weather - we are just in front of the rainy season.
Ollantaytambo. Here is an original Inca street with more modern houses built on top of the Inca foundations. The great ruin built by the ruler Pachacuti (1438-72) is visible on the hill in the baqckground.