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Friday, May 14, 2010

Peru Travels. Our journey thus far. Images Zak Shaw

Plaza de Armas - Cusco, Peru

Cusco´s central Plaza.

Evidence of Peru´s Inca history are clearly evident in many streets with talented stone work forming some walls and streets.

Market produce... yummy
Its great to be back! In 2003 I worked for a rafting company and lived here in Cusco for two months. At 3300m Cusco and the surrounding sacred valley of Peru is a stunning place. I managed to get out and photograph the amazing architecture of town before Justin Venable landed here on the 10th. Having endured the long haul from NZ Justin was in surprisingly good shape. We instantly caught a bus out of town headed over the Urrubamba River, past Mt Victoria a 6000m+ snow capped peak on route to Santa Teresa.

Our bus climbed over a 4000m+ saddle with Mt Victoria looming above. Descending over the other side were hit by thick jungle mist and switchbacks stacked upon each other. The mist obscured our view over the edge... a good thing!
After a ten hour day (JV has still not had a proper sleep) our final stage ended on the banks of the Sacsara River. Our friend Gian Marco Vellutino runs Peru´s only zip-line canopy tour here and his camp has become our home.

JV outside ¨Colo de Mono¨the canopy zip line camp.

Colo de Mono. Our first few days have gone well. We are living in paradise! Its been great to hit the ground running with time spent descending some of the local runs. May brings stable (ish) flows and weather and so most days are clear and warm. The kayaking is world class. Many creeks flow in this area as well as the Urrubamba itself which on both of our descents felt like a charging big volume Himalayan beast. Some of the moves had me thinking we had returned to the Parlung Tsangpo in Tibet! Ive been scared lots.. Each day we continue to plan the next move... will it be the Paucartambo? we certainly hope so!
More images of the whitewater to come!

Stay tuned

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