Friday, April 8, 2011

Peru - Day 3 Part I - Cusco, Pisac, and Urubamba

Today we headed for the Lima airport after breakfast to catch a flight to Cusco (Cuzco) as we make our way to the Scared Valley of the Inca's. As you can see from the photo below, Iron Maiden was in Lima for a concert as a part of their "The Final Frontier World Tour". I was never a heavy metal music fan so it didn't excite me much, but some of our group were followers.

After landing in Cusco, we made our way to a hotel restaurant for lunch. Here are a few more "Bus Shots" of Cusco. There was a noticeable difference in the buildings and the people compared to Lima. Lima is more urban while Cusco, a large city with a population of 400,000, is on the fringes of the countryside and you see more traditional Peruvian clothing worn here and less substantial structures. Cusco is about 11,200 feet above sea level so we all started to feel the atmospheric change.

The buffet lunch was very tasty with local dishes served.

We even had live music with our lunch........yes, we bought a CD.

After lunch we headed for The Quechua Market in Pisac.

A mountain view of Cusco.

The Vilcanota River running through the Sacred Valley of the Inca's. The valley is also known as the Urubamba Valley.

Pisac and the market.

If you don't like the color red, then you have to sit in the bus.

Sigrid took several of the photos in this posting. The next two were her shots and prove that you don't have to have an expensive camera to take good photos. She uses a little "point and shoot" pocket camera because she likes the convenience.

In the smaller cities and rural areas, you see lots of these Motocars made by Honda. Honda has a plant in Peru and seems to have the market locked up. The Motocars are used as taxis or for family transportation.

Part II of Day 3 will cover the hotel we will spend the next two nights in and the "Offering to the Earth" ceremony that we will participate in tonight.

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