Tuesday, March 29, 2011


We had a great time in Lima. We got to spend quite a bit of time with our friend, even though she has been really busy lately with her business. We also got to meet and spend time with her family, which was very nice.

After Lima we spent one day in Nazca, to see the lines. Our original idea was to fly over them, but after the perfect storm of complications we ended up taking a land tour. It was nice - we got to see quite a bit of the area, even if we didn´t get to see all of the figures. We also went to a necropolis which was a bit eerie. It was in the middle of nowhere, no guards, and a bunch of graves and bones scattered around. It didn´t help that we were the only people there.

The figure of the tree

Palpa figures

The graves are in a wide open space

Looking into the graves

That night, we took the overnight bus to Cusco. From Cusco we arranged a two-day trip to tour the Sacred Valley and go to Machu Picchu. On the first day we saw the ruins of Pisaq, which were incredible. Then we went to Ollantaytambo to see the ruins there and catch the train to Aguas Calientes (the city from which you are able to reach Machu Picchu). Our day at Machu Picchu was nice, though a bit rainy. We walked up and around the side of the mountain to the Incan bridge, which was both terrifying and awe-inspiring.


View from Pisaq

View of the valley from Ollantaytambo ruins

The Inca Bridge

A cloudy view from Machu Picchu

Now we are back in Cusco, where it has been rainy for the past day and a half. Tonight we take a bus to Puno, a city on Lake Titicaca and our last stop in Peru before we cross the border into Bolivia.

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