In 1991 I was invited to travel to Lima,
Peru and La Paz, Boliva. What an adventure! The third graders
at the American school in Peru sang "La Bamba" with
so much spirit I promised them that they could help me record
the song for the We Have A Dream album. One year later they
were in a recording studio in Lima and now you can hear their
beautiful voices singing in their native language.
On my way from Peru to Bolivia I was taken to see a most extraordinary
place....It's called Machu Picchu, which means old mountain.
It was built by the Incans in the fourteenth century. Being
there can make you very still! One of the theories about Machu
Picchu is that the ancient Incans explored different ways and
altitudes to grow potatoes. Did you know that the potato originally
came from Peru and there are over two hundred varieties.
You arrive at Machu Picchu by way of train
from Cuzco, Peru which is over 8000 feet above sea level.
Cuzco means "navel " as
it was the center of the Incan empire. The Peruvian people
are mostly very happy, and very creative. You will love their
My next stop was La Paz, Bolivia which is around 14000 feet
above sea level. Located in the Andes it definitely takes your
breath away. When you land at the airport they suggest you
lay down and just relax for a few hours, at your hotel that