Wednesday, October 12, 2016
After twelve fun-filled days of a Chamber/Peruvian adventure, I got home yesterday. Dale got home a few days before me while I continued on to the Amazon. I will do a more detailed trip summary, but all I can say is GO TO PERU! It is beautiful, fascinating, breath-taking, historic, and just plain amazing. Pictures cannot do justice to the grandeur of the mountains, the valleys, and the Inca sites. You just have to go see it for yourself.
If you look at the top picture, you see a tall mountain just behind/to the right of the ruins. In the photo above, Dale and I are dangling at the top of that peak. Definitely caused a few butterflies in my stomach. The climb was pretty crazy but so worth it.
The trip got off to a rough start at our first connection in Toronto. We received news of a death of one of our travelers' family members (again!?!) and had to go tell her. She ultimately decided to continue on with the trip and while we were with her, our flight started boarding. I had no idea which of our group members had already got on the plane, so Dale and I waited until the boarding gate area was empty to make sure no one was left. When we got on the plane, we realized two people were missing. To make a long, intense, nerve-wracking story short, they missed the flight and joined us in Lima the next day. It was very traumatic for all involved and I wish that would never happen again.
There were a few other minor glitches, but the positives far outweighed the negative and everyone made it home safe and healthy. It was a fantastic trip and I'd love to go back one day. The best part is that there's no jet lag since Winnipeg and Peru are in the exact same time zone, so we hit the ground running. I will try and catch up on here in the next few days.