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A magical land of mountains, high plains, lakes and jungle. During our four-week tour we visited the Uros people on floating islands of Lake Titicaca, rode on the luxurious Andean Explorer train, and hiked the famous wild Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu

A mountain retreat which served as a hidden refuge for the Incas from invading Spaniards

Unsafe Haven

We sheltered in this hut during a tropical downpour and found we weren't the only ones

Near Juliaca

A llamadess tends her flock on the lakeside

Mountain retreat

An early morning rendezvous on the terraces of Machu Picchu


Formerly the capital of Peru

High plains

A ride on the Andean Explorer

Leaving Juliaca

A view from the observation car on the Andean Explorer train


Floating islands on Lake Titicaca

Suspended track

On the way to Machu Picchu


Near Juliaca

Lucky mascots

These were found on the roofs of many rural farmhouses

Abandoned town

Seen on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail

An arduous four day trek on stone pavement laid by the Incas

Farm kitchen

High in the Peruvian mountains

Boat tours

In traditional reed boats on Lake Titicaca