Cusco and Sacsayhuamán

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Over the Andes

Ovder the Andes once again and more spectacular views of the Cordillera from aloft as we headed for Cusco! We arrived in Cuzco from Lima via the wonderfuly named Cia. de Aviación Faucett. (Named for its founder, an American aviation entrepreneur.) A surprise upon deplaning was the number of photographers present. Had there been a celebrity on board? Wait, they were taking pictures of all the passengers! Later I saw the photos displayed in a shop in town. Turns out the were taking souvenier photos of everyone's arrival. Unlike later cruise photos, I didn't get those.

Everyone advised that you must take it easy the first day in Cusco, adjust to the 3500 m alititude and all.

Faucett B727 at Cusco
OK, we followed this advice, went the hotel, stretched out, relaxed, and acclimated to the extent possible. By afternoon, it was time to go out and see the Sacsayhuamán Incan site above Cusco. Sacsayhuamán is impressive for its intricate stone block construction. The fortress-like walls are long, all built of finely hewn stone blocks. The walls are immense. The people in the accompanying photos have to be seen in comparison with the size of the walls. It's said the round-corner blocks fit together so perfectly a slip of paper can't be inserted between them. After the Conquest, the Spanish took many of the blocks for the construction of Cusco, and they can still be seen in the foundations of colonial buldings.

At Sacsayhuamán we encouterd llamas for the first time. They were tended by Quechua descendants of the Incas, all attired in coloful traditonal garb--a photo op if ever there was one! Returning to Cusco, we saw the Cathedral and walked the narrow colonial streets.

There was a folkloric dance program in the evening.

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Over the Andes
Over the Andes
Faucett B727 at Cusco
Faucett B727 at Cusco
Sacsayhuamán above Cusco
Sacsayhuamán above Cusco
Three-tiered walls at Sacsayhuamá…
Three-tiered walls at Sacsayhuam…
Sacsayhuamán
Sacsayhuamán
Wall at Sacsayhuamán
Wall at Sacsayhuamán
Sacsayhuamán
Sacsayhuamán
Closeup of stonework
Closeup of stonework
Me at Sacsayhuamán
Me at Sacsayhuamán
Weaver at work
Weaver at work
Cusco. The Cathedral is in the cen…
Cusco. The Cathedral is in the ce…
Streets of Cusco
Streets of Cusco
Stonework supporting colonial buil…
Stonework supporting colonial bui…
Llama encounter
Llama encounter
Fokloric dancers at Cusco
Fokloric dancers at Cusco
Fokloric dancers. Qosqo is the Que…
Fokloric dancers. Qosqo is the Qu…
Cusco
photo by: Vlindeke