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TAPS Peru Trek Begins!

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TAPS on tour in Peru

Hola friends, family and loved ones,

The team woke up early to see the sights of Cusco and the surrounding area. Cusco, known as the “Navel of the Universe” by the Inca, is home to some fascinating pre-Columbian ruins. Today we visited three of the major sights and also had some time to watch a really interesting demonstration by some master weavers, who use local plants and insects as the source of their fabric dyes.

And, of course, some shopping and visiting with more furry friends.

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We were all left blown away by the architectural and engineering feats of the Incas and are eager to continue to learn more about them as we trek the Inca Trail. At the end of another jam packed day, everyone  is feeling good and acclimatizing well.

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Thanks for following the TAPS Expedition,

Carole & Vern

Team members summited Chopicalqui! Hi everyone! The team returned to Huaraz. They are all doing well. Congratulations to Katrina and Jonathan who took the team’s flag to the summit of Chopicalqui (20.848 ft / 6.354 m). Congrats as well to Lacy, Sandra and Dennis for their great performance along the expedition. Team members enjoyed a nice farewell dinner last night and are currently traveling to Lima to take their flights back home. Thanks much for following us! All the best! Team Peru

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The summit of Chopicalqui

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Alpine Ascents climbers on Chopicalqui

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Jonathan on top of Chopicalqui

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Kat at the summit of Chopicalqui

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Rapelling a steep section

Team up at 16,400 feet – heading to high Camp tomorrow

Dennis calling from the Peru Hut after a successful climb of Pisco Oeste

Alpine Ascents rope teams about to get to the summit of Pisco Oeste

Alpine Ascents rope teams about to get to the summit of Pisco Oeste

The two pyramids in the middle of the picture are Alpamayo and Huascaran pboto taken from the summit of Pisco Oeste

The two pyramids in the middle of the picture are Alpamayo and Huascaran pboto taken from the summit of Pisco Oeste

the rope team descending from the summit of Pisco with the two Huascarans in the background

the rope team descending from the summit of Pisco with the two Huascarans in the background

The Huandoys as seen at sunrise from high on Pisco. Peru-Cordillera Blanca

The Huandoys as seen at sunrise from high on Pisco. Peru-Cordillera Blanca

 

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