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planned our trip with Nina at Ancient Summit, and she is the best contact for him. Mountains, Monks, and More Bhutan rose to the top of my bucket list when I read a Time article describing it as "the happiest place on earth." e country, a serene Buddhist kingdom on the eastern edge of the Himalayas, opened to tourism in 1974 and limits foreign visitors in order to preserve its pristine environment and very special way of life. It's the ideal destination for hikers, photographers, and those with spiritual curiosity. Personalized Peru We got lucky — very lucky — with our guide for Peru. Wilfredo Huillca Gamarra, who was with us for ten days, was key to the success of the trip. He patiently held my hand as we navigated the stone steps at Machu Picchu and numerous other Inca archeological sites. Everywhere we went, he provided cultural context and grad school-level history and engineering lessons. Wilfredo also helped me bargain in craft markets, made sure that we visited Machu Picchu when it wasn't crowded, played beautiful music on his panpipe, and invited us to his home in Cusco for lunch with his family. We LEFT Cusco, Peru's most vibrant city, is the gateway to the Sacred Valley. BOTTOM LEFT Bhutan, located between India and China, is home to many beautiful Buddhist monasteries. BOTTOM RIGHT Tiger's Nest Monastery sits on the side of a rocky cliff above the Paro Valley >> ranchandcoast.com @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2022 109

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