Hey what clues to the living, and cultural past can be discovered in South America ecuador's galapagos islands remain a living laboratory of Charles Darwin's landmark theory of evolution the sophisticated layout of Machu Picchu legendary ruins are as accurate today as when each of these rocks were locked into place.
I wanted to go since. I was years old, it's just a dream. So is the Galapagos Islands my wife is just retired from teaching, and we are at that age where we're recognizing that our parents are slowing down, and things are happening in their lives that they're well lives are winding down and So what that says to all of us is we need to get out there, and do the things that we can while we can this massive Citadel served as a stronghold for Manco Inca leader of the native resistance against the conquistadors in the Battle of oi'm Pentonville the Inca army managed to hold off the spanish forces from a set of high terraces, and to flood the spanish position below hindering their Calvary there was another battle that was fought here Manco Inca, and the Spaniards one of the few bottles of the Inca one remains the Spanish invaders here in million theta Rubens been a fantastic guide any questions you have are not too silly or too embarrassing for different families are living in each other he's extremely knowledgeable about the Incan culture, and Peru.
I think, it's just wonderful just learning about the culture of the people, and being able to visit these magnificent structures that were built hundreds of years ago hello be Incan city facing east in West. Because of the sunlight is Harry my today at Ellenton tambo.
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I chose not to go with a whole group up the side of the mountain.
I went into the ruins halfway up and I told ruben that. I'm just going to be here. I wanted to feel the rowans boy untie tambo sits at over, feet above sea level, and is one of the most common starting points for the three-day hike known as the inca trail check out the rock the great view they did a beautiful stonework as you can see all.
This is original architecture regional ting cos on water. I like learning the history as well as the climbing. So much of this culture.
I didn't know oh very nice me bleh know ah gracias there you go the other things are interesting parts of the culture, and understanding where we're visiting, and what has become of the culture Peru has the highest school attendance rates in Latin America now they're going to take us to the inside of a classroom the experience at the school was fantastic those are some of the most lovely children eyes. I have met supposed to fly here we went, and visited students at a school that is supported by grant circle foundation, and had a nice visit with the kids there they were very enthusiastic they are going to be happy with this gustaria ser cuando she has grandi lease would like to be a teacher must be an artist they have such great expectations in life they want to be teachers, and and doctors yeah Gotama huh she wants to know what kind of crops you grow ah. I go onion guinea onions oh yeah, and happy on celery celery garlic celery inspiration for learning works both ways in this cross-cultural setting are you fredward nothing.
I haven't left that trolley ride the attacking the taxi the tricycle ride it is a common sight in the rural areas of Peru to see three-wheeled taxis locally known as moto taxis or taxi cholo no meeting with the family was was absolutely wonderful they have a beautiful home the food was beyond my recognition on some of it but then also to taste it was just just great excellent excellent, it's been great trying the different. I still don't know what. I've eaten the guinea pig originated in the Andes, and has long been part of the traditional cuisine in these rural highlands look what's when we got over here the guinea pig.
I tried it he's like chicken. This is all these big w here in the matter in the race the variety of produce at a Peruvian open market is overwhelming there are more than four hundred varieties of potatoes alone some are dried until they are as hard as stone one over there you see is pretty ripe okay yeah the Train love the train coming up here the narrow gauge track of this rail line allows the train to make the sharp corners of the Steep Canyon along the girl muah muah River its destination Machu Picchu. I'm finally here.
I've been waiting a lifetime to get here perched at, feet on a narrow Ridge in the high Peruvian Andes this lost city of the Incas was constructed without the benefits of either the wheel or iron tools the granite stone was cut. So precisely that no mortar was needed to hold the walls in place he's on Grey's gone through the gate, and they go inside of the temple of the Sun through the window you see but only left this time the design of the temple of the Sun allowed the Incas to track the sun's position to identify the winter solstice, and to schedule the harvest for their empire little by little stabilize the real benefit is we stay overnight in aguascalientes you get a taste, and an experience of the overall layout of the place, and then we can go back, and see more of Machu Picchu on the following day am uncle decided to send the chosen women to Machu Picchu Machu Picchu was taken as a refuge of his chosen women. This is my first trip then.
I wanted to see Machu Picchu, and go and I guess. We've been traveling with green circle in OIT for a long time, and we have fabulous trips with them. So why go with anyone else hello welcome to Machu Picchu in the Galapagos Islands in equal or.
I'm Danielle gordy you heal. I'm. So lucky.
I'm proud. I was born in the galapagos islands, and actually. I'm descending from one of the older families the fifth generation and I'm from the first family came to live on Isabella island around years ago growing up in Galapagos.
So different. Because it is something nice growing up with animals but something. I can say growing up with conservation is very nice collabo is one of the places that we don't talk about conservation we live, and act every day about that to being a lapis is already something unique no in Ecuador, and in this beautiful planet there can be a bitch where you just sitting there doing a beautiful color of the water where is no garbage in the area no plastic bottles nothing like that then you are watching this beautiful landscape in a beautiful beach nice weather, and then you have a cilium passing by you or coming is smelling your leg or work coming on your head or around now, and you just quite there you just don't move.
Because you are part of that no that is some unique places, and it's almost all around anyplace you decide to sit you can fly away of everything, and to be with the nature around.