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Oct 2, 2019 - Adios Cusco

Hiked up to Sacsayhuaman, the ancient Inca/Inka Fortress, high above Cusco Centro. Compared to Machu Pichu it is quite unassuming; far fewer buildings and less architectural complexity & detail; it was only a fortress, not an inhabited city. The Inka were actually the ruling members of the Quechua peoples. The whole civilization has taken on the name of this ruling class. The views of Cusco lying in the valley below were impressive. And watching the workmen line a mountain stream bed with individually chiseled boulders to form Inca-like...

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Sep 28, 2019 - Clean Cusco

It has been a relaxing few days stay in Cusco. Very pleasant weather. Blue skies with puffy white clouds, and temperatures around 75 F during the day and dropping to a great sleeping coolness of 45-50 F at night. After acclimating to the elevation (11,000+ feet above sea level), walking the city center area from our hotel gets the ol' heart pumping, and the lungs gulping as much oxygen as can be found/inhaled. Unfortunately Lidia has been primarily relegated to the hotel, as her foot needs to heal as much as possible in order to better be...

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Sep 25, 2019 - Arrival to Cusco

Seven hour flight, 100% full, from Dallas to Lima proceeds without issue. Interesting facet was that the flight route map shown throughout the flight indicates the 'planned' route is from Dallas to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ?! And throughout the flight the map updates to show two arrows proceeding south; one from Dallas, and one from Philadelphia ! The destination and flight map were never corrected, and the two flight path arrows converged/arrived in Lima without incident. The airline and airport staff in Lima were SO different than in...

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Feb 21, 2019 - We go exploring: Machu Picchu and beyond!

Sorry for the delay, we have been having a few busy and physically challenging days, and the thought of gathering thoughts, much less photos, was too daunting... Yesterday we explored Machu Picchu, an Incan Citadel high in the Andes. We left our hotel at 4 am (ugh) in a driving rain ( double ugh) to take a taxi for 1 1/2 hours to take a train for 1 1/2 hours to take a bus for 40 minutes, to finally arrive at Machu Picchu. The ruins are spectacular, to have survived for the past 500 years in this climate is a testament to Incan ingenuity. It...

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Feb 18, 2019 - Exploring Cusco

Today was the perfect day to explore Cusco. The weather was mild with no rain. We mapped our route of the Museums that appealed to us and visited three of those while the fourth was closed. Barb and I are famously fastidious museum guests. We start at the beginning and go the end, examining each exhibit and read every explanation that is available. I do say that the quality of the museums was good, the exhibits well organized and English was provided. Although, why is the explanation on one exhibit three pages long in Spanish and only one...

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Feb 17, 2019 - Climbing (down) to Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Today we rode a bus from Puno and headed at last into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, The mountains were appropriately misty and mysterious. We descended about 1000 feet in elevation, and thankfully our headaches have disappeared. Our little hostel/hotel is perfectly situated one block off of the main square; the Plaza de Armes. It is a lovely park filled with families playing and spending time together. The Cathedral looms over one wall of the plaza, and the Jesuit church occupying the square to it's left. It appears that they have had a...

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Oct 24, 2018 - Machu Picchu

Up, breakfast and then wandered down to the train station just a little down from our hotel. Hung out in the waiting room for our train as the were a couple of different ones before ours. There was a dog that went and quietly sat with people while they waited. We boarded our Vistadome train and enjoyed the hour and half ride through the valley to Aguas Calientes (there town at the base of Machupichu). It was a little wet this morning which streamed up the window but still left great views along the way. We are met off the train and taken...

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Oct 23, 2018 - Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo

This morning we joined a bus tour that would take us through the Sacred Valley of the Inca, to Ollantaytambo. Or first stop was an opportunity to learn about the textile process and different crops that are grown in the area. They had a large gift shop but luckily for my wallet we didn't have a lot of time here. The change in scenery from previous days is dramatic with more lush green colors and hills and valleys. We done up to the citadel of Pisac with stunning views of the valley and town below. The complex it's self was amazing, huge...

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Oct 22, 2018 - Cuzco

Nice to have a morning that we didn't have to get up to be heading somewhere. We had breakfast with a baby alpaca and goat. Went for a walk to the tourist market to check out what souvenirs we will stock up on when we get back to cusco bit still had to buy some now in case. Quick lunch back at the hotel before our action packed city tour. It started with a full explanation of the Cathedral Basilica that was all decorated with valuable paintings, gold, silver and precious stones. No photos were allowed inside and all the money for the...

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Oct 21, 2018 - Valley of the Sun

Up to see the run rise over Lake Titicaca. We were taken in the morning to the bus station to board a tourist bus about a 32 seater to travel 'The Route of the Sun'. We had a lovely guide for the day Marita who was very knowledgeable, passionate and regimental. Once out of Puno the scenery began to change to become slightly more green as we went, more mountains and more agriculture. We had a few stops to do along the way which made for a busy day. Pukara culture museum that dates back to the first century. Great to hear about all the...

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Aug 26, 2018 - Cuzco

After breakfast we wander down to the square and there is a big parade being held. People everywhere. We have a look in a couple of streets to try and pick out our Hotel from 2004 but can't remember where it is. Finally we decide to go to an upstairs cafe and have a coffee and watch the parade. There are Military platoons, clowns, service groups, bands and children’s groups, all parading around the square. It is very colourful and noisy. We watch from the comfort of the balcony sipping on a coffee! We head back to the Hotel as we need to...

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Aug 25, 2018 - Cuzco - Phil's 66th birthday

Today is Phil’s birthday. We breakfast in the Hotel, drop off a large amount of laundry to be washed,still only (PEN12=A$5) and then head to the Square. It has been 14 years since we have been to Cuzco and whilst it does seem familiar a lot has changed. The traffic is a lot heavier and Cuzco seems more “refined”, not so much a hick little town. We spot a café with a balcony overlooking the square so make our way there to enjoy a coffee and people watch. There are many marquees set up in the square this weekend for a book fair. Whilst...

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