We visited a community outside of Cuzco that is being aided by an organizayion called Peru's Challenge. Peru's Challenge is bringing education and increasing the quality of living in some poor Andean communities. We also got to visit a school there and play with the kids.
29 March 2017
We visited a famous sculptor's studio named Pablo Seminario. He makes pre Incan pottery and has some of his pieces in a Smithsonian.
28 March 2017
Alpaca Photos from when I was leaving Machu Picchu
Then we went on the Sun Gate Hike, the last leg of the Incan Trail. The Incan Trail is a 4 day hike some people go on to get to Machu Picchu.
After lunch we went on a hike near Machu Picchu that went along an Incan Trail. At the end of the trail is a bridge that is similar to a bridge the Incans would use to escape on. Sadly you are not allowed to cross the bridge.
The Alpacas roam freely through out Muchu Picchu
Inside Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu from above!
We took a bus from Aguas Calientes to get to Machu Picchu. Where we then had to take a hike to get to the ruins itself.
We took a train to get to the town beneath Machu Picchu called Aguas Calientes.
27 March 2017
The Incan Ollantaytambo Ruins
Salt Mines in Maras. They allow trapped salt water under the mountains go into pools, then let the water evaporate leaving only salt. We got to taste the water, it was a lot saltier than ocean water.
We saw a presentation on traditional Incan weaving. The women let us try on some panchos and hats.
26 March 2017
On our way into the Sacred Valley, the area between Cuzco and Machu Picchu, we stopped at an Alpacca Farm.
Lunch, which is the biggest meal of the day in Peru, was Quinoa Soup and Alpaca Steak. The Alpaca was really good, it was like a very lean steak.
Super Dog in Cuzco
View of Cuzco from Saqsaywaman
Another Inca Temple we went to named Saqsaywaman (pronounced Sexy Woman). These multiple ton stones were moved with only timber.
Lots of interesting stray dogs in Cuzco
We first went to the Temple of the Sun in Cuzco. It was an Incan Temple but the Spanish built a Cathedral over the temple.
In the morning we flew over the Andes to a city called Cuzco.
25 March 2017
Dinner was roasted chicken, fries and cold green beans/beets. I had a weird ice cream thing from a stand that was called Palettas. It was made of cream rice and cinnamon.
Traditional Peruvian Soda/Drink named Chicha Morada. Made from boiled Purlple Corn.
Coast of Lima
Mall on the Lima Coast
Lunch at a restaurant called Republica. I had Chicken, rice and fries called La Corante.
This is where Peru's President lives
Lima's Main Cathedral
Lima main Plaza
View from the roof of my hotel in Lima. Breakfast was up there.