Peru Are You?

Peru and Machu Picchu

With Dorothy and Gary Lilien

July 2005

I was delighted to accept an invitation to travel with Dorothy and Gary Lilien to Peru and especially to Machu Picchu in June/July of 2005.  Amy Lilien-Harper and Glenn Harper could not go, but they asked me to go in their place.  Dorothy and Gary treated me like a member of the family and I have asked if I might accompany them on some of their other travels.

I had heard of MachuPicchu, 7500 feet above sea level, as the lost city of the Incas and had seen the photos.  Now that I have been there, I can report that the photos do not lie--the place is even more remarkable, beautiful and, yes, spiritual than I had heard (and I am not normally a spiritual duck).

The free-range llamas provide a special atmosphere.

The four hour train ride from Cusco (at 11,500 feet the airless belly-button of the Inca world) is one of the most interesting and enjoyable I have been on.   And when MachuPicchu emerged, I was so excited I quacked out loud.

I do hope that you enjoy these few photos and if you are thinking of traveling there or elsewhere in Peru I (or Dorothy at would be happy to give you some advice

South American Travel

Photos courtesy of Gary and Dorothy Lilien

Last Updated December 2005