Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cusco 1/21/16

On Thursday morning, we went to the airport to fly to Cusco.

We arrived in Cusco and got a Taxi to our hotel.  I was fun to see the streets and the people of Cusco.    We stayed at the J.W. Marriott el Convento Hotel in Cusco.  It was a very nice place to stay.  Thanks to Sarah for helping us with that.

The Marriott Courtyard

The lobby area of the Marriott

Cusco’s altitude is 11,152 feet and many who travel there have problems with high altitude sickness.  We tried to avoid this, so we drank Coca Tea and tried to get ourselves acclimated to the altitude.   We had a tour of the city scheduled that afternoon, so we met our guide, Ophelia, and headed out.
We Saw the plaza and drove down the narrow cobble stone streets.   We saw many ruin sites including, Pukapukara, Tambomachay, Qoriqancha, Quonqo, and Saqsayhuaman.  

Saqsayhuaman was the biggest and the grandest.  It is on the northern outskirts of Cusco.  Sections were first built by the Killke culture about 1100.  It was expanded and added to by the Inca in 1300. They built stone walls out of huge boulders to fit tightly without mortar.  Some boulders were the size of a school bus.  It was amazing.

This is Cusco behind us.

This stone is the shape of UTAH!

These following pictures are from the other ruins.  I’m not sure which sites they are from to document that.  

This picture shows Cusco, it was taken behind the Museo Historico regional.  

When our tour ended, we were hungry and tired.  We walked to the Plaza and had Pizza for dinner and were happy to go back to our nice hotel to rest and relax.  We were tired from the day and the altitude. We saw a lot of ruins and many Peruvians as we went from site to site.  It was a good day and it was fun to be together.

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