Hot and cold, High and Low

From Lima we made an isosceles triangle trip, North to Iquitos, South to Cusco, with a side trip to Machu Picchu, then back to Lima. Peru is clearly a country of colors and contrasts.  The photos show some that we discovered.

Iquitos

At the junction of the Itaya, Nanay, and Amazon rivers, it is only reachable by boat or by air.

Cusco

The capitol of the Inca empire.  Its altitude of 3400 m (11200 ft) makes Cusco one of the top ten highest major cities in the world.  On my first visit many years ago, it was written Cuzco. Quechua versions of Qusqu are still used. Discoveries in the last ten years about the Killke culture made our walk to Saksaywaman ruins a worthwhile effort.

Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes

The restored ruins exhibit the skill of the artisans 600 hears ago. It’s called a Citadel but really functioned more as an Inca Lord’s estate. Machu Picchu was promoted as the lost city of the Incas.  Academics now believe Vilcabamba was the last sanctuary of the Inca emperors.  Aguas Calientes, the city at the base of Machu Picchu, was our base for exploring for three days.

 

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The journey of a single step begins with ideas of a thousand miles.
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  1. Pamela Landers says:

    The photos are amazing. -reply@wordpress.com] Sent: Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:39 AM To: planders262@gmail.com Subject: [New post] Hot and cold, High and Low

    c_in_b posted: “From Lima we made an isosceles triangle trip, North to Iquitos, South to Cusco, with a side trip to Machu Picchu, then back to Lima. Peru is clearly a country of colors and contrasts. The photos show some that we discovered. Iquitos At the junction of th”

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