Saturday, April 12, 2008

A Short Visit to Cusco and Machu Picchu

The next few posts will be about our very short, and quick visit to the Sacred Valley near Cusco, and then our train and bus trip to hike Machu Picchu. We took a lot of pictures, and our hope is that you enjoy sharing this adventure with us.

We left dark early on Tuesday morning, April 8 and arrived at the Cusco airport at about 7:30 am. The travel agency we arranged our visit through had people waiting to greet us, and drive us to our hotel near the tourist center of Cusco.

Even before we set our luggage down in the lobby of the hotel, we were being offered coca tea to help us with altitude adjustment. Cusco is approximately 12000 ft above sea level, and the local population swears by the effectiveness of drinking coca leaf tea.

As with most of our other adventures in living in Lima, the folks in Cusco were no different. If they can produce a piece of paper for you to fill out they will. And then will stand expectantly over your shoulder while you try to get it filled out. Practically the entire time we were on this trip we were told to have travel documents ready, and only once we were actually asked to produce them. At least it made for a series of checks to ensure our documents were not lifted out of a pocket.

Our travels concluded early on Thursday morning with an uneventful flight back to Lima.

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