Peru trip 2005

In June 2005, Fred, Becca and Andrew spent 3 weeks in Peru for Andrew to see the country of
his birth. In June-July 1989 Fred and Becca spent six weeks in Lima, Peru adopting baby Andrew.
On that trip we spent all of our time in Lima.
The first part of our 2005 trip was in Lima.

We visited sites related to Andrew's birth and adoption, saw some of life
in Lima and went to a few museums and such. We stayed with Amelia who we'd met in 1989.
Amelia only speaks Spanish.

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Fred Olson October 2006

Gladys, Fred, Becca and baby Andrew at hospital in 1989.
Gladys was the interpreter who helped us with the many adoption related meetings.

Amelia, Fada (her daughter), baby Andrew and Fred at
the front door of Amelia's apartment in 1989.
For part of that trip we stayed in the upstairs apartment (other door).

Amelia, Lupe (her other daughter), Andrew and Fred at the
front door of Amelia's apartment in 2005.

Amelia serving us causa, one of the  many
delicious Peruvian foods she served us while we stayed with her.

Revisiting the hospital where Andrew was born.
The 3 of us and PR man who gave us a tour.

In the second part of the trip we spent a week or so in Cusco, the
center of Peru's Inca heritage. We visited the famous Machu Picchu ruins.
This is a long view of Machu Picchu
Note enlargement of lower left corner that shows people for scale.

At present tourists can roam the paths thru the ruins tho there is concern
that this is damaging the site.  Another long view with Becca.

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Large scale of Becca and Machu Picchu (She's in lower left)

Agricultural terraces WITH person for scale

Andrew and Valley below Machu Picchu; Fred and the valley.

Becca with river far below in valley

Andrew with llama and mountain at Machu Picchu
Some closer up pictures of Machu Picchu ruins.

Candid picture of Andrew taking a picture at Machu Picchu

Main gate of Machu Picchu

Fred in a doorway with stone rafter support posts above / Andrew and Machu Picchu fountain

We also visited several other Inca and pre-Inka sites closer to Cusco.
Long view of the Inca citadel of Tipon.  Note the steps built into the walls.

Fred, Becca and Andrew at Tipon on steps built into stone walls.

We also attended the Inti Raymi festival which is a re-creation of
ancient festival of the sun.   Inti Raymi - Inca on his litter

Red maidens facing left in smoke

Councelors at Inti Rami

After that we took a 12 hour train trip to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
La Raya market stop of Cusco-Puno train
The train crosses the high altiplano which we thought resembled Wyoming.

Lake Titicaca is huge and high at about 10,000 feet on the border with Bolivia.
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We took a 5 hour boat trip to Taquile Island.
Becca on Taquile Island with expanse of Lake Titikaka and Bolivia in the background.

We stopped at the floating Uros Islands which are made of reeds.
Approaching Uros Island

Andrew on Uros Island with boat we rode on in background.

We ended our trip with two days back in Lima with Amelia. On our flight to and from
Lima we were accompanied by 15 year old Kami who was also born in Peru.  She'd made
her birth country trip with her parents in 2004. She came back with us to stay for
3 weeks with her birth family. We've never had contact with Andrew's birth family.

Kami and Andrew start to recover from the trip at the Atlanta airport.    Fred 12/12/05