Peru: Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu I (15 images)

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These threads follow my previous three threads on the Galapagos Islands. Leaving Galapagos, we flew to Guayaquil, Ecuador and then on to Lima, Peru for a brief overnight stay. Next morning, after a weather delay, we flew to Cusco, the ancient Inca Capitol. The city has around 400,000 residents and is situated at 11,400 feet above sea level.

#1 Cathedral and Spanish architecture on the Plaza de Armas:

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#2 Spanish style carved wooden balconies are popular in Cusco:

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#3 Inca stonework (c.a. 1500) formed one wall of the restaurant where we had lunch:

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From Cusco, we traveled to the Sacred Valley with stops along the way, first at an Alpaca and Llama farm.

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Mrs. T. multitasking:

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Peruvian man demonstrates the ancient method of spinning the yarn (note the spool near his feet):

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#8 Woman weaving:

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#9 while her son tries to run away with the yarn...

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and his brother posed for the camera:

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The next two nights we had luxurious lodging at the Sol & Luna resort in the Urubamba Valley. We were able to watch the Super Bowl on a guest's laptop computer connected to his satellite receiver in Los Angeles through the internet and Slingbox:

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The next morning we were greeted by the beautiful grounds of Sol & Luna:

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Next: on to Ollantaytambo..
 
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This is exactly the reason I "got into" photography - to take marvelous photos of places I travel to. I love a good travel story, and this one is top notch. I really enjoyed these! (and your previous travelogues, too).
 

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Outstanding and the grounds of Sol & Luna are so beautiful!!

Thanks, Jim, for posting these. I can't wait for your next installment!
 
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nice shots in all your threads. I stopped at the luna and sol last year but the price was alittle more then I wanted to spend. The grounds looked real nice

How did you like your trip overall to ecuador and peru?
 
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Amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing these.

Many thanks! But I don't really think they are amazing :redface:. Maybe the scenery is.

This is exactly the reason I "got into" photography - to take marvelous photos of places I travel to. I love a good travel story, and this one is top notch. I really enjoyed these! (and your previous travelogues, too).

Thanks. I will look up your travel threads.

I see you are in Greensboro. My son and his family live there and we get down there fairly often. Of course there my camera is trained on the three grandchildren!

Nicely done! The first and last photos are especially nice!

Thanks a lot. Those two are sized to the maximum allowed by the Cafe. :wink:

Beautiful photos!!! Love to stay at Sol & Luna!

It was gorgeous. Probably priced higher than we would have chosen, but it was included in this tour.

Outstanding and the grounds of Sol & Luna are so beautiful!! !

Aren't they though!

Thanks, Jim, for posting these. I can't wait for your next installment!

My pleasure! Maybe tomorrow.

nice shots in all your threads. I stopped at the luna and sol last year but the price was alittle more then I wanted to spend. The grounds looked real nice

How did you like your trip overall to ecuador and peru?

Thanks, mysh. We were very impressed by your country and enjoyed our whole trip immensely.
 

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