The next part of our trip took us to Cuzco, the capital of Peru during Incan times. It was nice change from the hustle and bustle of Lima. Cuzco is 8,000 ft above sea level and we definitely felt the lack of oxygen... as in could barely make it up four flights of stairs to our hotel room with our luggage!
|Famous 12 sided rock|
|Infamous coca tea|
|Birds eye of Cuzco|
|Amazing breakfast sammich concocted by yours truly|
|Inca emperor statue|
|The Coca Cola of Peru.. tastes like bubblegum!|
We only spent one night in Cuzco before heading to the Sacred Valley (proper name Ollantaytambo). On the bus ride there we saw...
|Village women spinning wool|
Arriving at Ollantaytambo, an Incan archeological site, we toured the ruin and wandered around the town. This is a very small town and we really started to feel disconnected with normality. We really just drank in the simplicity, architecture, and views. A group of us went out for pizza (don't judge!) and called it an early evening. Next morning we were off to Km. 82, the official start of the Inca Trail.
|View of the town from the ruin|
|Incas stored their harvest in storehouses in hard to access places in case of invasion|
|Visitors walking around the ruin - notice lack of handrails or guard posts!|
|Colorful goods in the marketplace|