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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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
May 2, 2018 - May 2, 2018 – Cusco, Peru
May 2, 2018 – Cusco, Peru This was a free day. I don’t know what the others did, but I slept in a little and then repacked my suitcase. Cheo had loaned us duffel bags for the trip to Machu Picchu, and I had to get that stuff back in my suitcase so I might just as well repack so that I was utilizing the suitcase space to the maximum. I’ve bought some souvenirs and Christmas gifts so some rearranging was needed to get those things into the case. As I was going out to get a bottle of water, I met Wally and Donna who were looking for a bank so...Jump to full entry
May 1, 2018 - May 1, 2018 – Aguas Calientes to Cusco, Peru
May 1, 2018 – Aguas Calientes to Cusco, Peru This morning we made our way to the bus which took us to the top of Machu Picchu. It was a 20 minute drive to the top over a gravel road which made many, many switchbacks as it climbed to the entrance of Machu Picchu. The trail to hike to the top kept crossing and re-crossing the road. There is not enough money in the world for me to have climbed up – even if I was 50 years younger. I used my trekking poles and was able to make all but one of the steep ascents and descents over stairs of uneven...Jump to full entry
Jan 30, 2018 - Cusco and the wandering tourists
Today we were left to our own devices to explore Cusco. The hotel staff told us that there was an event going on at the planiterium tonight to celebrate the full moon, which is the biggest one of the year. They contacted the people and told us to be ready at the Plaza for 5:30 in the evening. Armed with this knowledge and our vouchers for various museums we embarked on our day. First stop was the Alpaca garment shop as Alison and Irene wanted to try some shawls. They both got really nice ones and Alison took them back to the hotel whilst we...Jump to full entry
Jan 30, 2018 - Tuesday Free day in Cusco.
EEveryone turned up for breakfast which was good as we all had survived the Guinea pig. We Thought we would explore the parts of city that we had not visited this included the planetarium. So we booked a taxi and waited only to be told that it was not open until this evening. So poor start but Alison and Irene got an immediate retail therapy high by procuring 2 delightful baby alpaca shawls. They had demonstrated the various styles they could achieve. To ensure that this training was not lost video and photos were taken. I managed my...Jump to full entry
Jan 30, 2018 - Monday Cusco PM
After a relaxing lunch in the hotel was on our way again this time on a half day afternoon trip around Old Cusco Town. The heart of the Inca civilisation but looked more like a Spanish town with a wonderful square surrounded by Cathedrals, Churches, marketplaces, houses with ballast fades and narrow steep tight houses leaving the square. Now remembering Daves prophecy about nice weather the skies were darkening at a terrific rate. We visited the major market place that sold all your usual items like sheeps head soup, llama sweetbreads,...Jump to full entry
Jan 29, 2018 - Cusco and a god like Overman!
Stuff from yesterday - forgot to say that we were nearly scammed by a chap at the airport. When we came to get our bags a chap started calling out Overman. We responded and he helped us get our bags. I thought about it and realised that he had probably seen our name on a board and just called it out. As we came outside there was a person from the tour operator with a board saying Overman. We quickly asked if he was with them and they said no. Fortunately he took our bags to the minibus and loaded them on. He then asked for a tip and we said...Jump to full entry
Awoke to the sound of cockerel crowing at 5am in the Heart of city of Cusco. This just demonstrates the cultural and technological shock that is Peru. Evidenced by women washing their clothes in the river whilst on their mobile phones, or the mud/cow pat hut with a satellite dish!!!. Everyone is a shop owner or sales person, the only problem is their products are the same as everyone's. It is such a hard subsistence existence, if they do not sell their products there is no alternative income. We have noted that the pressure to sell is much...Jump to full entry
Jan 28, 2018 - Moving day - off to Cusco and the Theobalds
Today we had to get up at 5 for the trip to the airport. We had breakfast at 6 and waiting for our transport. There was a marathon being held along the seafront so we had to go through the old city to get to the airport. Very nice buildings that we will see more off in the next week or so. Arrived at the airport after seeing kamikaze motor cyclist and taxis enjoying the competition of little traffic so they could cut through the lorries and buses. We were put on the earlier flight and had to rush through the airport only to find that there...Jump to full entry