ANDY’S TRAVEL TIPS - Machu Picchu -
La Paz, Bolivia
Volume 1, Issue 20 - Hobotraveler.com November 6, 2000
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Hello from La Paz, Bolivia
I have lots of photographs of Machu Picchu, and
Lake Titacaca, in Peru. There are social problems in
Peru, and Bolivia, it confused my plans. I decided to
skip Bolivia, because of the danger, but decided
at the last moment to visit.
Everyone gives simple answers, to complicated problems...
and, I am positive, it is not a simple problem.
I will write an opinion in the next letter.
4 hours away from Cuzco by train is the gorgeous
Machu Picchu. (50 mile or 80 kilometers) The river,
the mountains, the mist rising up, surrounding you,
like the ancient Incas memories. How can I explain
the moment. The train ride ends the town of Aguas
Calientes, or Waters Hot” because it has hot water
pools to relax in.
You get off the train, and are instantly surrounded
by people wanting to sell you something. People talking,
asking, Hey Mister, hotel, I ignored them, or said
no gracias walking away from the vendors to enjoy
the beautiful village. nestled between grandiose
mountains, on the edge of a river. What a location.
I am very glad I stayed for a night, So much more
interesting than Cuzco. I paid 15 soles for a hotel,
or about 5 dollars USA.
There are two trains tracks, one on the hill, and
one down below surrounded by coffee shops, and
restaurants, and locals selling every type of thing,
they think a tourist would want to buy. Intermixed
with this confusion, are the locals also selling the
normal necessities of life. The art form for me, is to
open my eyes and separate the real culture, from
the tourist created culture. I try to leave my comfort
zone, and get away from the Pizza shops, and go
into the markets to find food to eat. I have photos
of Aguas Calientes intermixed in all the photos. It is
where you either walk up the mountain, or take a bus.
The other choice is the Inca Trail.
I am sorry that the photos are not in some logical order,
I am not, back home in Kansas like they
say in the Wizard of Oz.
The great thing about Machu Picchu, is the reward
of making it there. After a long walk, on the Inca Trail,
or for me the 1 1/2 hour walk straight up the mountain.
The scenery, the sun shining, the smells are
spectacular, Machu Picchu is a place of history, a safe
haven for the Incas to protect themselves from the
Spanish Conquistadors. The city was not discovered till
1911, by the explorer Hiram Bingham.
Machu Picchu is about the history of the Incas.
I am going to stop here, and let you look at the photos.
So of you have trouble opening the links.
I recommend you learn to Cut and Paste,
So you can place the links in the command line.
I know that with Hotmail, it gives a unavailable message.
This is not true. The links are good,
Table of contents PHOTOS:
Machu Picchu, or Aguas Calientes, Peru
Train from Cuzco, to Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes, Peru
Collection of links on the history of the Incas, and Machu Picchu
NOT PRE-VIEWED OR SORTED
The walk from Aguas Calientes to the top of Machu Picchu
Photos of Machu Picchu
Aguas Calientes. The area around the train.
Local custom of mixing up alcohol drinks,
in soda bottles to sell.
Why is my coffee water white?
Puno, or Lake Titacaca
Some EXCELLENT Photos of Peru by a PROFESSIONAL
Facts: Cuzco, Machu Picchu
What I like about travel pants, and what I do not like
TODAY’S TRAVEL TIP
“What I like about travel pants, and what I do not like”
Travel pants, or those pans with the zipper, that you can
remove the legs, and make into shorts.
Good: What I like...
1. The are light weight, for you backpack.
2. They dry fast, after they get wet.
3. The look good.
4. Pockets on the sides are big enough sometimes to put
a guidebook inside.
5. Fold up small, so you can pack easily
6. Tight weave so warmer.
7, Legs come Off, so you can be cooler, or made into shorts.
8. Some come with a pocket on the inside, to tuck in your valuables.
Bad: What I do not like...
1. If you have a Velcro pocket, and not the button, or
zipper. Thieves can put there hand inside, and pickpocket you.
2. The pockets are usually only one layer of material. If a
thief wants to cut it with a razor, they are instantly able to
get to you valuables. Jean have 2 layers.
3. Most you have to remove you shoes, to remove the
4. They cost a lot.
5. Not all of them dry fast, this is one of the main reasons
to buy these pants.
6. Some are just ordinary material, and not the type
Some are warm, and others are not.
7. I do no like to look trendy.
8. The thieves instantly know you are a TOURIST.
a.k.a. $$$ Money $$$
9. Sometimes the pant legs of the short are TOO long.
If they are not short, when you take the legs off. They
will hinder walking, and not be cool.
The bottom line. I would buy these pants IF:
1. Reasonable priced
2. Pockets with zippers.
3. Inside pocket sewn inside. SEE photos.
4. Pockets big enough on side, to put my guidebook inside.
5. And of course, light, and dry fast.
6. The legs of the shorts, must be short!
Note: No matter what. I do not like the one layer of
material for a pocket. I like the pockets they have
in regular jeans. They are safer from razor slashing.
Photos of Travel PANTS, with some explanations:
As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
Please send me questions, I will reference you, and
give you credit. Please say “I give you permission,
to use my...”
TODAY’S TIP FROM THE “Peanut Gallery”
Here's a little tip from me, to you as an experienced
Fun travel story:
The American investment banker was at the pier of a small
coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one
fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several
large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican
on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied, "Only a little while".
The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer
and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to
support his family's immediate needs. The American then
asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little,
play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria,
stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and
play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life."
The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and
could help you. You should spend more time fishing
and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the
proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several
boats, and eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.
Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would
sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your
own cannery. You would control the product, processing
You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village
and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles, and eventually
New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.
" The Mexican fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?"
To which the American replied, "15-20 years."
"But what then?"
The American laughed and said, "That's the best part.
When the time is right you would announce an IPO and
sell your company stock to the public and become very rich,
you would make millions."
"Millions.. Then what?"
The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small
coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little,
play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village
in the evenings where you could sip wine
and play your guitar with your amigos."