Trip Report #3 Cuzco Peru
I have so much to show you that I may have to do several more posts! If you missed the first ones, here’s a LINK to the beginning.
Cuzco is wonderful. We all loved it. Not just because of Machu Picchu, but because it’s quaint, clean, people are polite and friendly, and they have great food! Cuzco was a very pleasant surprise. The gold statue in the square is Pachacuti, the ninth ruler of the Inca empire, and the guy who had the vision to build Machu Picchu.
Cuzco is 11,500 feet above sea level. Some people have serious issues at that altitude. It didn’t bother me very much, I only had a little headache. I did not take altitude meds, but JJ did.
And then I saw this. Honest to Pete, what is it! Turns out it’s a Peruvian Hairless Dog, and it’s a breed recognized by the AKC. Who knew!
This is JJ (below), waiting for us to return, conserving his energy. Oxygen is in short supply at this altitude and you tire quickly. We are at Ollentaytambo (Oy-yen-tay-tombo), where they built warehouses (out of rock of course) to store food and supplies.
After we left Ollentaytambo we went for lunch. They made empanadas in a brick oven. Delicious! We had garden-fresh salads, grilled meats, and of course potatoes. Peru has over 3,000 varieties of potatoes!
And now, finally, we board the train for Machu Picchu. This is a view of the Andes out the train window.
Outside of hiking the famed four-day, 26-mile Inca Trail, the train is the only way to get into the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Next time we’ll visit Machu Picchu.