|Peru & Ecuador, Sept 2014
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I have a new adventure planned for Sept... I leave home on Sept 5, and return home on Sept 20. For my friends and family
who wish to follow along, I am sitting up this page to help you do just that.. This is the second time I have shared may trip
adventure this way. The first was to China.. Worked great, so here it is again.
If everything works according to my plan, the following steps should let you share the trip with me.
1. While traveling, I will be carrying a SPOT satellite reciever/transmitter which will collect GPS signals, calculate my
position , then share my position on a webpage, via the SPOT network. For the techies in the group, the website for
SPOT is www.findmespot.com.
2. I am sharing the daily itinerary that was provided to me by my travel company, www.smartours.com . This is my second
trip with this company. First trip was to China and it was great.. So, now I am off to try a second adventure with them. The
link for this trip is: http://www.smartours.com/tour/machu-picchu-galapagos-cruise/#itinerary
You may have to select "Itinerary" to see their listing...
3. By checking the map and looking at the itinerary, provided below, you should have a fair idea of what I am doing at any
4. I am not sure how the map will show the date and the time while I am in Peru, but from looking at the internet, I think the
time of day in Machu Picchu is the same as here in the mid west...
For a map of my last seven days of travel, click this link: Travel 2014
Note: This trip officially starts and ends in Miami. I have to fly there on the 5th, then catch another plane this
night at 0100, on Sept 6.. I will fly from home to Charlotte, then Miami, then to Lima, then on to Cuzco. Will be
a long day!!!!!!!
Note... I do not think I will have any way to share images from the trip as it happens, but I plan to do my usual
trip report when I get back, so, watch for that later!!! ..... I might have some email service while gone!!!!
Note: The map will only
share the most current
seven days of information.
After a point has been on
the map for seven days, it
is then deleted.
You may have to adjust
the ZOOM to view the
map. Use the slider on the
left side to do this..
To check the date, time,
and GPS coords, for any
given MARKER on the
map, click on the little
balloon at the point, or
click the little "+" sign to
the left of the point, in the
list, called messages.
Also, in the message list,
you can click on the little
orange ball, and the
system will take you to
that MARKER, on the
Remember Mark Twain's Quote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-
mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad,
wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating
in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
UPDATE!!!!! The Peru & Ecuador Adventure is now complete, as of Sept 20, 2014!!! AND,
ALL THE PHOTOS FROM THIS ADVENTURE ARE READY FOR
VIEWING, as of April 2, 2014.....
My feelings about the adventure: Peru was great fun!!!!.. Ecuador and the Galapagos was a waste of
time and money!!!!!!!!!!! I will share stories and the photos as I get them ready!!!!!!!
Below is info and instructions I provided before leaving on this adventure.. I leave it here now for
historical value!!! TRIP PHOTOS are at the bottom of this page......
Sept 5, 2014.. Leaving home!
Sept 6... Arrival in Peru and start touring Cusco
Sept 7... Pisac Market and Sacred Valley Excursion
Sept 8... First day at Machu Picchu, divided into three parts for easier viewing
Sept 9... Second Day at Machu Picchu. Climbed to Sun Gate, took train to Cusco
Sept 10... Cusco, Peru. Visiting the Big Rocks at Saqsaywaman. Awesome.
Sept 11... Today we leave Cusco and fly to Lima
Sept 12... Leave Lima, fly to Quayaquil.
Sept 13... Leave Quayaquil, fly to San Cristobal, cruise to first Galapagos island.
Sept 14... Today we visit two islands and do a hike on each one
Sept 15... Today we visit the Charles Darwin Station, walk in the town, check more big turtles.
Sept 16... Today we hike and then we snorkel....
Sept 17... Today we leave the Galapagos and fly to Quito
Sept 18... Today we visit the equator and do some shopping in Cotacachi
Sept 19... Today tour Quito, ride a gondola, have our farewell dinner, head home......
Sept 20... I land in Miami, fly on to Charolette, then St louis... The adventure is completed