Cusco to Puno Train

Saturday, May 21st, 2005 by Patrick Hayes

Hey, this is Pat and Will, just saying hi from Puno, on lake Titicaca. Puno, it´s as cold as Juno, at least at night - but our llama fleeces are keeping us warm. The train ride from Cusco was a mere 10 hours, but a beautiful 10 hours. Our train was luxurious - marble sinks and even an open-air observation car in back. We saw one of the most beautiful sunsets ever, full of vibrant colors reflected by the marshes lying outside Puno.

We arrived at Puno without a hitch, and every seems to be feeling alright. We ate another late but delectible dinner in the shopping district of Puno (8pm, our time and yours). Machu Picchu was beautiful and impressively intact - the pictures will not do it justice. Linsdsay, Pat, and David climbed to the top of the mountain overlooking Machu Picchu (Wayna Picchu). Ask David about how we fought a puma, rescued Lindsay from a 30 foot fall, and got attacked by Pirates from the UK (Moms - none of this really happened). Some of us are heading to the Cathedral in Puno tomorrow to see a Spanish Mass.

“We could all learn a lot from a potato”

Thursday, May 19th, 2005 by Elizabeth Rockman

Hola!

Check this space later for tremendous photos (we may be issuing prizes), humorous and deep quotes, CHP band information (we’re thinking peruvian instruments playing disney songs). Anyway, you know where we are and where we’re going (if not, see itinerary :-) — but we all have a 6 a.m. wake-up call, so off to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….. More later from all when there is more time and we have a faster internet connection!

Adios!

SAQSAYWAMAN!!!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005 by Meghan Janci

So far, definitely our favorite place to be in Peru!!! During our first full day of traveling we saw every Incan stone EVER. But with a wonderful tour guide and some crazy CHP kids we had the time of our lives. The town of the fleas, the stone slides, SAQSAYWAMAN, the best cathedral in Cusco, many trapezoidal doorways, crazy llamas, THE TWELVE ANGLED STONE (several times), pepper trees, the mummy cave, the puma eye, and a lunch consisting of giant shrimp!, licorice shots (yuck), our frist pisco sours of the day, and the luxury of the minibus. We finished the night off with some pizza and wonderful Peruvian beverages…and our wonderful local Italian camerero! We wandered home and were able to purchase all sorts of hats, jewlery and musical instruments, while being harassed by beggars on the Plaza. We are off to play spoons (or musical beds…hahaha to the McKinley Health consultant) and hopefully get some sleep before tomorrow morning.
— Meghan, Toni, Ankeet, Nicole, Lindsay, David, Patrick, and Will

Wow, we’re here, or the longest 37 hours of our lives :-)

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005 by Elizabeth Rockman

I’ll leave lots more of the details to the students, but my first amazing impression was flying into Cusco over the Andes. We’re of course all exhausted (don’t forget this is over 24 hours after the C-U group left), and it’s cloudy — when suddenly these majestic snow-covered peaks appear in the dawn, truly forbidding and awe-inspiring at the same time. I just can’t describe how small it makes you feel to see them, they’re like no other mountains. Then gradually the terrain starts to slope, with shades of brown and green, and suddenly Cusco is there with its amazing feel, the beautiful brown-tiled roofs mixed with the lush green. The airstrip (and I do mean strip) is right in the middle of town. Anyway, we’ve soaked up so much of the culture even in one day (probably thousands of pix were taken by CHP students, which we hope you’ll see after we all get back up to speed), but this is all for now as we’re about to head off for a light dinner and likely a well-earned rest before we begin our second day in and around Cusco…

Image Posting Tutorial

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005 by Jeff Merrick

The image posting tutorial is available here. If you have any further questions please reply to this post with them.

We’re so close to traveling!

Friday, May 6th, 2005 by Elizabeth Rockman

Yay for almost leaving — just a week and a half!

See you all at O’Hare on the 16th — at 9 a.m. :-)

Welcome to the CHP ICST Peru Blog

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005 by Jeff Merrick

Hello, this is Jeff Merrick…some of you may know me, some may not. I put together this blog at Elizabeth’s request so as you travel through Peru you can post your comments and thoughts about the experience. I have created an account for each of you to be authors on this blog; you will recieve your username and password via e-mail before you leave. I’m going to quickly explain how to post (it’s really simple) and later I will post a tutorial on how to upload images and include them in your posts. So to make a post to the blog, just click the “Login” link on the right and enter your username and password. Once you login, you will notice a “Write” link at the top. Just go there, give your post a title, a category (most likely “Travel Notes”), and write your post. When you’re ready to put it up on the blog just click the “Publish” button. I’m sure you’re all technically savvy, so this should be no trouble for you. If you have any technical questions feel free to post it as the form of a comment to this post, or e-mail me at jmerrick@uiuc.edu.
Good luck and have a great trip!