A prophet once said ‘Don’t tell me what a man says, don’t tell me what a man knows. Tell me where he’s traveled?’ I wonder about that, do we get smarter, more enlightenment as we travel? Does travel bring wisdom? I think there is probably no better place to find out than Peru.Anthony Bourdain
March 18-25 & April 2-10 2018
Our first stop during our second visit to Peru was the southeastern city of Cusco (also known as Cuzco or Qosqo). It would be our base for several weeks as we explored the surrounding Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail, and of course, Machu Picchu.
Sitting at over 11,000 feet high in the Andes, it is one of the 10 highest cities in the world, making the air thin and the temperatures cool.
Cusco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th century until the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century. Inca archaeological sites can be found within and all around the city, with Spanish architecture often built directly on top. There is also evidence left by the Killke who occupied the area prior to the Inca, from 900 to 1200.
In 1950 a great earthquake destroyed more than a third of the city. While many of the modern buildings were destroyed, the Inca architecture survived, including many sites that became newly exposed.
A fascinating culture where belief in Catholicism and the Inca traditions have come together for a unique view on life.
It is also a place where you get to indulge in world renowned Peruvian food, which includes ceviche, quinoa dishes, and an assortment of Peruvian-Asian fusion. We had the opportunity to try Cuy (guinea pig) and Alpaca, and enjoyed checking out many of the towns vibrant markets.
Special shout-out to my parents who joined us for a few weeks, braving the harsh conditions and climbing the many hills and stairs along with us.