Some more pictures from in and around Cusco

Bodhi

Tomorrow we leave bright and early for our 4 day, 3 night “Alternative Inca Trail” journey to Machu Piccu.  The first day is mountain biking (our 6th time biking so far on the trip!), almost all downhill, and the following days are “trekking”, i.e. hiking.  We will be in little towns and on pieces of the old Inca trail that have been rediscovered.  We’ll get to sit in some hot springs as well (my 4th time so far on this trip!) and I’m sure we’ll meet some other interesting travelers.  This should be a lot of fun!

Today we made it out to the Sacred Valley, or the “Valle Sagrado”.  We only really saw one set of ruins though, near Ollantaytambo.  It’s hard to do things efficiently and quickly here in Latin America.  Especially when there’s not a whole lot of daylight.

Here are a few more pictures from recent days in the Cusco area and surroundings.  Our hostel’s computer doesn’t let us do USB stuff though, so it’s hard to get current pics up easily.

Monica says these kinds of pictures around here look like a "painting", mainly because of the sky

Monica says these kinds of pictures around here look like a "painting", mainly because of the sky

It's fun to get a little creative when you're out walking on the road for a while

It's fun to get a little creative when you're out walking on the road for a while

A bath of the Incas, basically where the king went for his spa day

A bath of the Incas, basically where the king went for his spa day

Cusco, from our hostel's front doorstep

Cusco, from our hostel's front doorstep

Finally!  Gay rights and catholicism together as one! (actually, this is the Cusco city flag, based on old Inca traditions)

Finally! Gay rights and catholicism together as one! (actually, this is the Cusco city flag, based on old Inca traditions)

Plaza de Armas, the main square for Cusco

Plaza de Armas, the main square for Cusco

Next to one of the largest stones (70 tons or more, supposedly) in the Sacsaywaman ("sexy woman") ruins next to Cusco, a military establishment where the Inca king laid seige to Spanish-occupied Cusco

Next to one of the largest stones (70 tons or more, supposedly) in the Sacsaywaman ("sexy woman") ruins next to Cusco, a military establishment where the Inca king laid seige to Spanish-occupied Cusco

Me as an Inca king

Me as an Inca king

We should have a ton more pics to share, including Machu Piccu after the next few days!


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