It was so nice to leave Lima and its cloudy gray skies behind. We were all overdressed (too many layers) when we landed in sunny Cuzco. It was blue and warm surrounded by beautiful mountains. We were met by our tour guide Betho when we landed and we left Cuzco as soon as we arrived. Our first stop was a "tourist trap", but we all loved it. We went to a small village called Chinchero. The women dressed in traditional clothing did a demonstration of how the make alpaca and lama fur into thread. And then they showed us all the natural plants they use to dye the fabric. It was so cool- like magic. And of course we had to buy some of their woven wares. And take cheesy tourist pictures. And touch a llama.
Our van took us to on to the Sacred Valley where we stopped for lunch in Urubamba and to pull out more Soles from the ATM. With a 3 to 1 ratio for the dollar the soles go fast. We finally reached Ollantaytambo just in time to get on our Inca Rail train for the 90 minute ride to Aguas Callientes. The ride was SO jiggly and bumpy, but worth the jolt inducing headache just to see the scenery go past our windows. It was hard to believe the landscape would change from arid to jungle during 1 train ride, but it did.
We are spending the day hiking Machu Picchu tomorrow. Better get some sleep!
Ignore spelling mistakes. I am doing this all on my phone during bumpy rides in vans, planes, and trains.
And if the pictures appear cut off if you are reading this while on your computer, the whole pic might appear if you read this while on your phone.