S: PERU 2011
FC: Nov 2011 | Peru
1: Llamas Alpacas
2: Moray Terraces Experimental agricultural terraces from the 15th century that descend 492 ft. | Highland Cemetery | Lucia
3: The heartland of the Incas, the Sacred Valley, is located high in the Andes. The highest mountain range outside the Himalayas.
4: Taxi with sheep cargo
5: Our fabulous guide and historian Percy Salas | Sacred Valley of the Inca
6: Ollantaytambo Proof I truly did climb all the way to the top 2792m (9160ft)
7: Ollantaytambo | Beautiful 15th century narrow cobblestone street | Lucia and Percy
8: Our hotel El Alberque lovely mountain view room delicious gourmet food attentive service | our room | Ollantaytambo
9: Peru's national drink is a type of brandy. Pisco Sour is the national cocktail made with Pisco, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and egg white. YUM! | Llama with elderberry sauce
10: Hand carved door with large lentil from the 15th century | Lucia and Felicia | Maras salt pans built by the Inca are still in use more than six centuries later. | Ou
11: Delicious trout lunch in an Andean village | Our guest for lunch
12: Machu Picchu
13: Our magnificent, patient guide, Esmeralda | Felicia and Lucia
14: Machu Picchu It is generally accepted locally, that it was the country estate of Inca ruler Pachacuti, which puts its golden age in the mid-15th century. | Temple of the Sun On the winter solstice, sunlight shines through a small, trapezoid window onto a granite stone believed to be the Inca calendar | Sacred Space
15: Blocks of granite were cut to fit together tightly without mortar. Many junctions in the central city are so perfect that it is said not even a blade of grass fits between the stones
16: Many magnificent, beautiful examples of Spanish Colonial architecture
17: Cusco | This is a typicall SIDEWALK in Cusco | This is a residential; SIDEWALK in Cusco!
18: Known as the "Square of the Warrior" in the Inca era, Plaza de Armas is the heart of the city.
19: Cusco | Cusco was the historical capital of the Inca Empire beginning in the 13th century until the Spanish arrived in 1533. | Cusco
20: Peruvian cuisine is among the most varied and best in the world. Right: Quinoa encrusted shrimp at Cicciolina.
21: Cusco Elevation 11,200 ft.
23: Textiles play an important role in Andean culture. They were more valued than gold or silver by the Inca and signified the wearer's social status. Textiles were given as the highest form of tribute. | Chincheros Weavers
24: Bartering | Buy vegetables, meat, fish and flowers from the local traders, and Andean handicrafts from the Quechua stallholders.
25: The hand-woven textiles are a particular highlight, and a proudly preserved Inca tradition. The highlanders trade their woven crafts for the fruit and vegetables grown at lower altitudes. | Chincheros Market
26: Closed balconies with jalousies, of Moorish origin but with an absolutely distinctive Lima style and character.
27: Spanish Colonial Lima | Archbishop's Palace