10 minute video of Cusco, Peru.
7 minute video of the performing musicians at the Inka Wall in Cusco, Peru.
11 minute video of the performing dancers at the Inka Wall in Cusco, Peru.
11 minute video of roundtrip journey to Machu Picchu in Peru.
9 minute video of Machu Picchu and the lost city of the Incas.
8 minute video of Lima, Peru.
This is my final report from the trip. I know I was complaining about my travel headaches in the last email. I am happy to say the effort was well worth it. Cusco and Machu Picchu were amazing.
Wednesday morning we flew from Lima to Cusco. It only took one hour to get there by air. It would have taken over 20 hours if we had driven there. It was a beautiful sunny day in Cusco and very warm. Not what I expected it to be like since the city's elevation is over 11,000 feet. Below are some children posing for pictures in Cusco.
We all had some troubles with the altitude the first night, headaches, shortness of breath and the like. Below is the Coricancha (Temple of the Sun).
Cusco is a beautiful old city and our landmark hotel was right in the center of it. That afternoon we had a tour of the city. Saw a lot of Inka ruins dating back to the 1500s. Our guides took things nice and slow since none of us could breath. Below is Sacsayhuamán, an Inca walled complex.
There is a nice view of Cusco from Sacsayhuamán.
More locals posing for pictures at Sacsayhuamán.
We saw several llama grazing in a field outside Sacsayhuamán.
Below is La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús.
Later that evening we went to dinner in this nice restaurant in town. The food was fantastic and they entertained us with a folklore show after dinner. It was a great day. Pictured below is Plaza de Armas, the last place we visited before going to dinner.
Thursday, Machu Picchu day, started very early. Breakfast at 4:00 A.M. and to the buses right after. Even though there is only 36 of us, we had to split into two groups. Big buses could never fit on Cusco's small streets. First it was about a 2 hour drive to the train station. It really wasn't that far but you rarely can go faster than 20 miles per hour on these roads.
Then it was about 90 minutes on the train through the Andes Mountains to the base of Machu Picchu. We then switched to shuttle buses for the 30 minute drive straight up in the air. Then finally our four day vigil to get here paid off. It was a beautiful day and we spent several hours walking around the ruins of the lost city of the Inkas. Below are three pictures of Machu Picchu.
We had lunch up on top before coming back down on the shuttle buses. We then had a couple hours to explore the village around the train station. The village is built around the rapids of the river and probably had more peddlers per square inch than any other place in the world. Our train left the village a little before 5:00. They entertained us on the train with performances of local customs. It was about 9:00 P.M. before we got back to the hotel. A very long day, but worth every minute. Pictured below is the statue of Pachacutec and the town cathedral from the main square in Aguas Calientes.
Today, Friday, we flew back to Lima arriving here a little after noon. We had a tour of the city of Lima before returning to our hotel for our final night. Below is Plaza Mayor in Lima.
The Peru Cathedral on Plaza Mayor.
The Government Palace on Plaza Mayor.
Another one of the buildings surrounding Plaza Mayor.
It has been a great trip. Sad that it is over but I had a great time.
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