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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco March 30th 2019

This has certainly been a spectacular 3 months for us. Quito, Galapagos, Selva Amazon Lodge, Cuenca, Barranco/Lima & now 12 days on the road to Nazca and beyond. The schedule is hectic. Many days start at 5.30am and involve plenty of walking, climbing and scrambling, mostly at altitude. I can’t say enough good things about Peru Tourism. We looked at their suggested tours then custom built our own 12 day trip. They looked after everything...transportation, transfers, accommodation, guides entrance fees and many of the meals. All the hotels have been top notch, way above what we would normally book. And the cost a very reasonable $5300US for the 2 of us. No, I’m not on their payroll! 3 Panoramas above, 5 second delay between each: 1. The Andes Mountains behind Arequipa. Misti is the perfectly shaped ... read more
Huacachina oasis
Nazca overflight
Overflight route

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco March 5th 2019

Gegen Viertel nach acht ging es direkt nach dem Frühstück in Richtung Christo Blanco. Und jetzt durfte ich das erste mal spüren wie sich etwa 3.400 Höhenmeter auf mich auswirken. Und zwar gar nicht mal so gut. Und jetzt wollte ich sogar noch ein paar drauflegen. Gewiss ist das man sobald man auf dieser Höhe ankommt Probleme mit entweder nicht ausreichendem Sauerstoff in der Luft bekommt oder Anzeichen von Kopfschmerzen bis zu krankheitsähnlichen Zuständen oder beides. Gegen beides sollen die laut UN unter Drogen fallenden Cocablätter helfen. Doch ich kann bestätigen, das viel Wasser und Geduld auch helfen. Und wenn man auf die Blätter zurückgreift, dan sollte man genug nehmen, denn von drei, vieren hat man gar nichts und man hätte sich die 50 Cent für die riesige Tüte auch sparen können. Bei einer guten Handvoll ... read more
El Christo Blanco
Doch diese Aussicht sollte mein Lohn sein
"Sexy Woman"

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco March 4th 2019

Also ich kann im Vorraus schon einmal sagen, dass mich heute die Regezeit in Cusco doch noch erwischt hat. Und doch habe ich noch zwei Sachen von meiner Liste streichen können. Nach einem enspannten Frühstück, welches wieder das gleiche war wie am Tag zuvor, habe ich mich aufgemacht, um noch eine Kleinigkeit zu essen. Und meine wahl viel auf eine kleine Pastete, gefüllt mit der hiesigen Spezialität lomo saltado, was am Ende wahrscheinlich bloß gesalzenes Fleisch war, aber in Kombination mit dem süßen Teig, der es umgeben hat, war es super. Dann ging es mit neu erstarkten Kräften weiter zu der Kathedrale, die am Tag zuvor noch von Feiernden Karnevalisten blockiert wurde. Dies ist, wie zu erwarten, eine katholische Kirche und dementsprechend pompös war sie ausgestattet. Im Hauptschiff befanden sich meterhohe Gemälde, die diverse Heilige und ... read more
Das Hauptschiff
Der Markt San Pedro
Eine Auswahl an Früchten

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco March 3rd 2019

Today we are going on a tour of Cusco and surroundings; Circuit No 1. Tickets to attractions are sold in packages so you can’t pay to visit just one site. So our circuit consists of Sacsayhuamán (the bottom of an Incan fort – the Spanish removed the top to build their cathedral), Qenqo (an ancient temple), Puca Pucara (ruins of an Incan military site) and Tambomachay (an Incan baths with aqueducts and waterfalls) and, of course, the obligatory stop at a gift shop where they sell llama wool products. At the end of the tour, we are dropped off at the edge of town and have to walk back through the main square. It’s carnage. It’s carnival – this basically means that everyone has either a can of foam or a water pistol and we have ... read more
Sacsayhuamán
Sacsayhuamán
Sacsayhuamán

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco March 3rd 2019

Nach einer wohligen Nacht durfte ich wieder etwas Zeit totschlagen, da es erst ab halb sieben Frühstück gab. Das war aber nicht weiter schlimm, dann habe ich eben meinen ersten Eintrag verfasst. Als ich dann ein Stockwerk höher auf die Dachterrasse gestiegen bin, um jenes Frühstück in Empfang zu nehmen, erwartete mich ein toller Ausblick über die Stadt und leckeres Frühstück. Es wurde Papaya, Banane und Apfel serviert, Dazu einen Smoothie aus Orange, Papaya und Banane und gottseidank auch Kaffee. Etwas später kamen noch Brötchen mit einer Marmelade, die zumindest Ingwer enthielt und Rührei. Gestärkt habe ich mich gemütlich in Richtung Stadtzentrum aufgemacht. Und während ich noch ein wenig verträumt durch die Gegend blicke und Fotos schieße, komme ich auf dem Hauptplatz, dem Plaza de Armas, an und stelle fest, dass ich nicht im geringsten alleine ... read more
Eine der vielen Tänzergruppe
So langsam füllt sich der Platz
Hier wird eine Choreografie vorgeführt

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco March 2nd 2019

We finally reach Cusco just before 6 am. It has taken 24 hours, 3 taxis, 2 buses and a ferry. We are tired, hungry, thirsty and smelly so it’s a relief to check into our hotel. After we have regrouped, we go for a wander round Cusco. It’s very pretty with cobbled streets, plazas and plenty of old churches and other buildings. But it’s hard work dodging the hundreds of touts and vendors. Especially as my back has not coped well with the 17 hour bus journey. I go to a pharmacy and ask for something for backache. I am offered some huge pink tablets that look like they could tranquillise an elephant. She’s disappointed when I opt for just Paracetamol. In the afternoon I retire hurt while the old man goes off to do important ... read more
Plaza de San Francisco
Plaza Regocijo
Plaza de Armas

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco November 4th 2018

Up at 3.25am for my Alternative Rainbow Mountain (Palccoyo) tour. It is called "Alternative" because the original Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) tour is now extremely popular but is also a difficult trek because of the altitude. The alternative one is actually three smaller mountains and the hike to the top is about one hour instead of 2.5 to 3 hours, so figured it was much more achievable. Whatsapp is used extensively through South America and the tour guide Carlos sent messages to each person when it was their turn for pick up. I was picked up at 04.05. First stop after 30 minutes was a Bakery where were all given some bread to share but later on at a roadhouse called Quinta Restaurant near Checacupe we had breakfast. There was an unscheduled stop along the way and ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco November 3rd 2018

Today we joined another for group to visit two more remote sites. Similar to yesterday we went to tour agency office and the man escorted us to Place De Armas, found our group and we followed the guide again to the same bus stop. First stop was to the Andahuaylillas Church although he encouraged us to go into a shop first before the church. Seems to be a common thing like in China. At the church, there is a 15 soles entry fee as it is not on the Cusco tourist ticket. Then we noticed a sign saying no photos so I just a took a peek into the church and decided not to go in. Daisy went in with the guide and a handful of others. I just waited outside and spoke to two guys ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco October 12th 2018

Bird watching near the city of Cusco If you have fun observing birds and nature, this is the right tour for you which is barely ten or fifteen minutes by car from the city of Cusco near the temple of Tambomachay, an ancient source of water, a ritual spot since pre-columbian times. The altitude average where we will be walking around is about twelve thousand feet or three thousand eight hundred meters above sea level, the species that we can observe are around like fifteen among them a beautiful yellow belie Sicalis Luteola which is a grassland finch close to the marshlands, but in this case close to stream, as well as near the cultivated lands and villages, usually is found in pairs or in groups and is very easy to identify them because the bright ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco October 12th 2018

Sacsaywaman the temple of Zeus: if you are familiarized with the Greek mythology you are able to understand this temple which is known mistakenly as fortress because in 1536 was used at such; however the study of mythology and archetypes reveal some symbols as the thunder bolt, eagle, mountain lion which are the classic symbols related to the main God of the Olympus. Ancient philosophers remind us that the essence of concepts and ideas can be uncover through the shape, in this case we can clearly observe the zigzag patterns that reveals its own purpose, as symbol of lightning and thunderbolt concept applied to Zeus and its similarity to the main God in the Andes known as Viracocha the maker. If you take a review in mythology you will notice that at times Zeus appears as ... read more




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