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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco April 14th 2015

Sarah: (WARNING: contains material that some readers may find unpleasant). Just a quick update on the events since the last blog post. We had a good afternoon in La Paz on Sunday, replenishing our energy levels in anticipation of our Amazon trip on Wednesday morning. I got a photo of the dried llama foetuses that are sold in the witches markets. As I mentioned before, these are bought for good luck and are said to come from failed llama pregnancies. Since writing, Nick has highlighted my naivety and pointed out that it is highly unlikely that all these foetuses are from failed pregnancies... I'm sorry to agree that he's probably right. We grabbed some dinner in the Dutch restaurant that we had been to previously and couldn't resist the meatball, cheese and pickle sharing platter again! ... read more
Dried llamas at the witches market.
These were hanging outside most shops along the street.
Llama foetuses looking about as hydrated as we feel right now.

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco April 6th 2015

We flew from Santiago to Lima and Lima To Cusco. We took a taxie to our budget hotel called The Net House. The hotel room with private bath and breakfast included was $35.00 US. The hotel is in the historic part of Cusco, you should only stay in the historic center so you can walk to all the sites. We like Cusco with it cobbled streets and the people selling food on the sidewalk. You can see many women carrying babies, laundry or flowers in blankets on their backs. The people are very religious and we witnessed several religious parades where people carry statues of Jesus through the streets. One of the parades was so large it was on TV and it took six hours for it to wind through the streets. The large plazas have ... read more
Black Jesus Procession
Cusco
Transporting Plants On Her Back

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco March 31st 2015

We are in Cusco Peru. We got to go to a chocolate museum and learn the process from when they pick the cacao beans to making chocolate. We got to make it from scratch. I made mine with Oreo, m & m, and sprinkles in a square mold that had 30 pieces. I had so much fun!... read more
Roasting the beans
Very concentrated!

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco March 25th 2015

We just arrived in Cusco....the Capital of the Inkan Empire and continent's oldest continuously inhabited city. We are here for a few weeks to explore the Sacred Valley, and go to Machu Picchu. We are staying in this wonderful part of the city called San Blas. It's lovely. We found our 2 favourite restaurant: Taco Mania - amazing mexican food The Meeting Place ( the best avocado/tomato sandwich and choc milk shakes :) - it's run strictly on volunteers so there are many characters from all over the world, volunteering there time and improving their Spanish. We quickly made friends and had a blast chatting with all the wonderful people. Before arriving we had planned to take a week of spanish lessons....we had a fantastic experience do to the most wonderful/patient teacher Glady's at The San ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco March 8th 2015

Hello again TravelBlog readers! It's been over a year since my last entry in London and quite a bit has changed since then. I'm a first year medical student at Southern Illinois University, I have the world's most adorable dog (see Facebook pictures for evidence), and I'm currently in Peru with two of my medical school classmates, Zach and Travis, on spring break! We left Chicago O'Hare early Saturday afternoon and the excitement started before we even checked our bags. Those of you familiar with the "Nazarene Network" know that is difficult to go anywhere in this world without running into Nazarenes that you know. It just so happened that we were sharing our first flight to El Salvador with a team from Olivet Nazarene University that is on a mission trip to Honduras. I had ... read more
Nazarene Network
View of Cusco from Qorikanchka
Mujeres en vestidos brillantes

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco February 19th 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015 Today we needed to wake up earlier to eat breakfast and meet our tour guide at 8:30 am for a walking and bus tour of Cuzco this morning. Breakfast was good this morning. The buffet had pancakes (super small with jam), mini quiches, eggs, and various breads. At 8:30 am we meet our tour guide in the hotel lobby to visit several sites. We left the hotel at 8:35 am and walked about 5 blocks to our first stop, Santo Domingo Convent. Before entering the convent, our tour guide pointed out the original Inca wall construction. This construction showed that the outer part of the wall is built going inward. This is built to protect the walls from earth movement. The tour guide spent a great deal of time explaining the construction ... read more
Inca wall construction in Cuzco
Santo Domingo Convent
Santo Domingo Convent

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco December 16th 2014

Our last photos taken in Ecuador were of the three volcanoes, Tungurahua (5,023 m) and Cotopaxi (5,897m), both taken on the bus journey to Quito and Pichincha (4,784m), taken from the plane. For our four day stay in Baños, Tungurahua had been cloud-bound, then as we drove away on Saturday morning, the cloud cleared and we got a final photo of this huge active volcano, which dominates the whole valley and beneath which we slept peacefully for four nights (check out the smoke coming from the crater). Cotopaxi looked stunning, and most majestic, covered with a crown of snow all year around. Yesterday, Monday 15th December, was my brother´s 70th Birthday. “Happy Birthday Stephen!” We made an early start on Monday morning, leaving the hostel at 5.30 a.m. for the airport and our journey to Cuzco ... read more
Cotopaxi 5,897m
Pichincha 4784m
Another Pichincha crater

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco November 22nd 2014

Today was a free day with an available option to visit nearby ruins in Cusco during the morning. I opted for the ruins which included a visit to Saqsayhuaman, Q'enqo, and Tambomachay. The history of all three sites is fascinating but I'll try to keep it brief. Sacsayhuaman is a religious fortress overlooking Cusco. It has three walls shaped in a precise zigzag fashion. Much of the site was decimated by the Spanish after they won the battle at Sacsayhuaman in 1536. The original site had three large towers and only the foundations still remain. Only the huge stone blocks, some over 12 feet high, still remain of the once impressive site. Viewing the site was still awe-inspiring but also sad because this amazing site was lost to history. Q'enqo was a sacred site that has ... read more
Fortress Walls at Saqsayhuaman
Saqsayhuaman Tower Foundation
Saqsayhuaman Gateway

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco November 21st 2014

This morning we started with a tour of Cusco. Cusco is a bustling city with the Plaza de Armas serving as the central hub. Our first stop of the morning was Coricancha and Santo Domingo. After defeating the Inca, the Spaniards worked to destroy the images of the pagan gods. Coricancha was essentially the home of the gods in Cusco. The Spaniards repurposed Coricancha as a convent of Santo Domingo, repurposing much of the original stone for the colonial church. Much of the original foundation can still be found surrounding the church and inside the convent there remains some of the original rooms of Coricancha. Coricancha was also the source of much of the gold in Cusco. All of the walls and rooms had gold leaf along the tops of the walls. There was also a ... read more
Original Structure of Coricancha Inside Santo Domingo
Gardens Outside of Coricancha
Santo Domingo

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco October 1st 2014

Gestern sind wir nach dem Frühstück von Bruno und einem Vanfahrer im Hostel für die Biketour nach Moray und Maras abgeholt worden. 10 km vor Moray sind wir aus dem Van und aufs Bike gestiegen. Wieder einmal ging es „Inka-flat“ durch die Landschaft auf ca. 3500 müm. In Moray haben wir die Labors der Inkas besichtigt. Hier haben die Inkas Pflanzen vom Meer oder Bergen für andere Regionen und Klimas gezüchtet. Als wir später durch das Dörfchen spaziert sind, haben wir in einer Chicheria halt gemacht und Chicha ("Bier" aus Mais) probiert. Das Mittagessen auf dem Parkplatz neben dem Van war sehr einfach, aber genau richtig für ein solches Abenteuer. Jetzt ging es nämlich Abwärts mit dem Bike. Wir haben die Schutzrüstung angezogen. Auf halbem Weg sind wir zu den Salinen gekommen und haben das salzhaltige ... read more
Labor der Inkas 2
Labor der Inkas 3
Biketour




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