Peru Part 2: Aguas Caliente and the Cloud Forest
Peru Part 3: The Amazon Rainforest
Peru Part 4: Cusco and the Sacred Valley
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Cusco and the Sacred Valley! Perhaps I should have started with this entry. We first flew into Cusco via Lima, and spent three days here "acclimating" to the high altitudes of the Andes Mountains before starting our Inca Trail hike. We also spent time here between our Inca Trail and Amazon trips. What a beautiful little city! So much to do. A week or two here, amongst these places in the "Sacred Valley", would have made better sense.
|Rooftops over Cusco- a breathtaking sight!|
Getting around Cusco was difficult at first. Even with Diamox (altitude medicine), I could barely walk three steps without having to stop and gasp for breath. It is a hilly city with a lot of stairs in certain districts, so until you get adjusted it's quite difficult. Another effect of the altitude, for me, was loss of appetite which was unfortunate because man, the food was AMAZING!
|Plaza de Armas, the main square in Cusco.|
|Showing off my stylin' Peru hat! Sadly, Joey decided to eat it within a month of my return home (vengeance?!?)|
|Another beautiful view-|
|Inca ruins at Pisac.|
|Sketching at lunch over the Pisac Market|
Time for some Sacred Valley take-aways-?
1. The markets are incredible (San Blas, San Pedro, Pisac). Lots of food and lots of souvenirs!
|Also, lots of scary.|
|More food laying out all day long, without any ice or refridgeration... OSHA or the FDA or some government agency would have a field day if this was the Unites States!|
|Nighty night from Cusco....|
And that sums up our trip to Peru! Time has flown and March/April seems like such a long time ago. If anyone stumbling on this blog has any Peru questions, feel free to post a comment and I can try to answer. I also suggest TripAdvisor's Peru forum and TripAdvisor's Peru Vacations page, which were invaluable to Trace and I in planning our trip.
Until next time...