While you were enjoying the Christmas videos I posted, we were on a family trip to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. It was an amazing trip, and I’ll be sharing more of what we learned about the Andean-Peruvian culture after Christmas. For now, here are my favorite highlights:
Day 1- We flew from Lima to Cusco, checked into our hotel, and after a couple hours of relaxation to help us adjust to the high altitude, we went on a private tour of the city and surrounding ruins.
Day 2- We stayed in Cusco another day and went on a private tour that included the salt mines of Maras.
Day 3- We were picked up from our hotel, and on our way to the Sacred Valley, we stopped at a rescue shelter for native Andean animals such as the llama, alpaca and condor.
Day 4- We enjoyed a day of leisure at a luxury resort in a town nestled in the Sacred Valley.
Day 5- We took a train from the Sacred Valley to the town called, Aguas Calientes (Hot Waters), where we hopped onto a bus that drove us up scary switch-back roads until we arrived at the gates of the famous Machu Picchu.
Days 6 & 7- We spent one night in Aguas Calientes. The following afternoon, we took the train to the Poroy station where a driver picked us up and returned us to the same hotel we had stayed at the first two days in Cusco. We spent one night there, and flew back to Lima the following afternoon, but not before witnessing a peaceful protest that filled Cusco’s main square.