My youngest brother celebrated his 37th birthday in style by hiking up to the magical, ancient, Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peru. He is teaching at the Cotopaxi Academy in Quito, Ecuador and during his spring break, traveled to Peru. He did the 26 mile hike in four days. Not too bad for an old man! It was mostly rain during the hike, but it cleared up when they reached the ruins.
Macchu Pichu is in a remote location in the mountains above Cuzco, the former capital of the Incan Empire. Researchers believe that it was used as a ceremonial site, mostly for priests. It was not a main city and was not discovered by the Spaniards, but only in 1911 by British explorer Hiram Bingham. The ruins themselves are nice, but it is the surroundings that are spectacular. Nadia and I visited in 1998, but we took the train instead of earning it like Andy did.
I seem to blog much on Andy’s eating habits. He sampled the Peruvian delicacy cuy which is guinea pig. He didn’t like it, although perhaps it was the chef and not the food itself. I remember it being mostly bones and not much meat.
Congratulations Andy on making it and all the best for another year of health and happiness! We love you!
From Bill, Nadia, Owen, Oliver, Ocean