Hola Amigos !!!
Feelings of awe and exhileration filled me as I saw the Andes for the first time. These ancient peaks and valleys would share many glimpes of the Inca world and my inner self as the journey unfolded from Cusco to the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu and into Boliva and Brazil. From moments of reflection, gratitude and solitude to times of great celebration, peace and metta.
Here we go from Cuzco, where we spent a couple days to acclimate to the 11,000 ft altitude and explore the Inca Ruins in the nearby Sacred Valley to the beginning of the four day Inca Trail trek.
Reaching heights of 14,000 ft. the Inca Trail, winds through vivid, open woodlands and steep valley climbs to moutain passes that took our breath away.
These pictures display parts of our pilgrimage to Machu Picchu.
We spent hours exploring the stunning sites at Machu Picchu from the Sacred Plaza with it's awesome views to the out of the ways retreats for more quiet meditation. It was a pilgrimage of reflection and gratitude for all I have been blessed with and acceptance of mysteries still not known.
The summer solstice is one of the most important days in the Inca calender. Di and I enjoyed celebrating the longest day of the year with the People of the Sun in Cuzco !
After celebrating the summer solstice, Di and I enjoyed our last night together in Cuzco with the angels. It was time for her to return home to Seattle while I explored more new horizons, beginning in La Paz, Boliva.
From Cochabamba, Boliva, I took a 2 hour flight to the Brazilian border. Here I entered Brazil via the Pantanal, a vast wilderness with the largest variety of flora and fauna in the New World.
From the Pantanal, I flew almost 2000 miles to Salvador, the first capital for the Portuguese when they arrived in Brazil 500 years ago and later the city to receive the largest number of slaves from Africa. Today Salvador is a dynamic mix of people and cultures with incredible music dance and life !
From Salvador, I flew down to Rio, a city of amazing natural and human beauty filled with many contrasts and challenges.