August 25, 2013
Back on the Inca Trail I enjoyed "Tackling the Inca Trail" by Mike Morris [Aug. 18]. It brought back great memories of one of our favorite vacations. My wife and I traveled to Peru several years ago on one of Andes Adventure's tours to run the Inca Trail. We ran the "Classic" 18.6-mile run that we were all sure was at least a marathon distance. It could not take that long and be only 18.6 miles. Running the Inca Trail was magical. The article left out how nice all of the accommodations were.
August 18, 2013 |
- There's really no better way to see a place than by foot. Even if the path is 26.2 miles and goes over a 13,800-foot mountain pass. And it's a race. Running a marathon in June along the Inca Trail, high in the Peruvian Andes, seemed like a good idea when I signed up for this trip nine months earlier. Although this marathon left me gasping - because of the scenery, I'm sure - it was worth it once I reached the Sun Gate and viewed the finish line - the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu - a short distance below.
August 18, 2013 |
As anyone who has been to Ecuador's Galapagos knows, a trip to those islands is the journey of a lifetime. But with per-person prices that can start at $3,000, it might have to be a trip of the next lifetime. Fortunately for Galapagos-aspirers like me, my wife and our twin 12-year-old daughters, there are the Ballestas Islands, which are known as the Poor Man's Galapagos. The Ballestas lie just 10 miles off the southern coast of Peru and are easily accessible by boat from Paracas, a small, sun-drenched working port and tourist center.
August 13, 2013 |
LIMA, Peru -- The killing in southern Peru of the two top military commanders of the Maoist rebel group Shining Path, which has reemerged as a major trafficker of narcotics, may force it to reorganize, analysts and officials say. Alejandro Borda Casafranca, alias “Alipio,” and Martin Quispe Palomino, alias “Gabriel,” were killed Sunday night by a covert force formed to track down top rebel leaders. After a firefight, their bullet-riddled and burned corpses were found in a house in an isolated township of Ayacucho state south of Lima.
June 27, 2013 |
Archaeologists have discovered a hidden tomb of the Wari, a monument from an early civilization that predated the Inca, nestled in a site 175 miles north of Lima, Peru. The funerary chamber, ensconced in a stepped pyramid, had been filled with more than 1,200 artifacts, including gold- and silver-inlaid jewelry, ceremonial axes, looms and spindles. The Wari mausoleum at El Castillo de Huarmey is the first pyramid discovered at the site that has not been looted, Milosz Giersz, an archaeologist at the University of Warsaw who headed the expedition, said in an interview.
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June 19, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- Eighteen members of a gambling ring that allegedly used the Internet and toll-free numbers to take sports bets and then violence to collect from losers were indicted Wednesday in San Diego. The 18 suspects, most from San Diego and Los Angeles, are accused of taking millions of dollars in sports bets over the last decade for the Macho Sports operation that operated in Peru and California. Many of the bets involved wagers on NFL, NBA and Major-League Baseball games. FBI agents Wednesday arrested 14 of the 18. Foreign law enforcement agents arrested one suspect in Oslo, Norway.