Machu Picchu 2000


First night in Cusco, looking across the Plaza de Armas at the cathedral. First night in Cusco, looking across the Plaza de Armas at the cathedral. The day begins! Today we're off to tour the Sacred Valley by bus. The day begins!  Today we're off to tour the Sacred Valley by bus.
The first "Kodak moment", as pointed out by our friendly guide Guillermo. Looking down at Cusco and its cathedral from above. In Inca times, the city was apparently shaped like a puma. Spanish colonial additions have totally changed the shape and look of the city. The first Looking over Cusco's closely spaced rooftops. Looking over Cusco's closely spaced rooftops.
Upper Cusco. Upper Cusco. Llamas and their keepers just waiting for a photo-op. The fuzzy-looking one is an alpahaca. Llamas and their keepers just waiting for a photo-op.  The fuzzy-looking one is an alpahaca.
Quick, before someone steps into the picture! Quick, before someone steps into the picture!
Dara against the backdrop of the valley (not sacred just yet). The woman with the funky hat was very camera-friendly! Dara against the backdrop of the valley (not sacred just yet).  The woman with the funky hat was very camera-friendly! One of many peaks in the high Andes. One of many peaks in the high Andes.
Dara enjoying the view of the Sacred Valley. Dara enjoying the view of the Sacred Valley. The mayors of the Valley, gathering for mass at the church by the market. The mayors of the Valley, gathering for mass at the church by the market.
Our lunch spot for the day. Our lunch spot for the day. Dara likes the yellow walls. Dara likes the yellow walls.
Knut likes the way the vegetation grows. Knut likes the way the vegetation grows. Dara at the bottom of the stairs leading through the terraces of Ollantatambo, one of many standing Inca structures. Dara at the bottom of the stairs leading through the terraces of Ollantatambo, one of many standing Inca structures.

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