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Peru & Bolivia    

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 music.

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 is.

ancient incan steps

I take a rest while climbing the ancient Incan steps carefully built into the Andean foothills.

machu picchu

Like nothing else on Earth, the ghost city of Machu Picchu lay hidden in the clouds of the Andes for centuries.

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