Tambomachay

The use of Tambomachay is not fully known but it is speculated that it was a military outpost or even a spa for the elite. The latter being because of the “bath houses”.  I took a collectivo bus up to this site which is about 5 miles outside of Cusco. I took the time to have a snack before starting my hike on a bench just inside the entrance. There I saw the following woman in traditional clothing carrying plants on her back. I rarely take photos of the local people when traveling because I find it rude. However, this shot was taken at a good distance so I feel she is anonymized.  After eating a banana I proceeded towards the ruins. While heading there I saw this super cute alpaca with little ear tassels.  Once at the site I was inclined to head upward above the monuments. There I received…

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Exploring Cusco

I have been living in Cusco for quite some time now. It has become my home base and I have yet to share some of the city sites. So in this write up I will show you what part of the city looks like. In a future post I’ll document some of my local hangouts and give more views of the city. This is a pretty typical street.  Plaza de Armas The plaza is rather large and has two churches. In the center is the fountain. There a KFC, McDonalds, and a Starbucks there. I have entered to see KFC, and McDonalds to see if they have some regional foods, but to my disappointment there was nothing special about them. Many other places have visited incorporate some regional food into their menu, not here… There are also some nice wooden balconies to be found in Cusco. Below is just one…

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Pisaq

The Pisaq archaeological site is huge. One which I felt could have dedicated 2 days to. I didn’t help myself on exploring the site by spending 2hrs with one of the park guards. I did feel a little rushed to cover ground and there were several side paths I would have gone through had it not been for time constraints. However, because of that talk, I avoided the rain, and also cemented certain concepts of Incan culture. Right or wrong, I like to hear overlapping of concepts and information before I commit them to memory. I have heard much bad information on my travels so I tend to filter until I hear/read something multiple times. I started my hike at the lower area of Pisac, not the entrance most tourists take since it’s a considerable hike up. Most take a taxi to the upper area and hike down or do…

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Ollantaytambo

I had been feeling lazy to get up to do touristy things but after a weekend of fixing my abandoned blog, I headed out to Ollantaytambo. It was raining the entire trip there. It was in a collectivo so you pretty much have to wait until the van is full. That can take a minute or an hour. In my case it was about a half hour. The drive to Ollantaytambo was about an hour and a half. I entertained myself with another passenger that was from the states and was someone that had done several climbs. He also had some vacation rentals back home so we had a bunch to talk about.  I arrived at the plaza and made my way to the Ollantaytambo ruins. The sky was still overcast and it drizzled on and off. I took a few pictures and then hiked uphill aggressively.  I stopped along different…

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Hiking in the Ollantaytambo Region

After planning for several days, I started off on what was supposed to be a roughly 7 day trip. I had struggled to find maps and information but had succeeded in finding the most absurd large sheet printouts. Still I thought I found an interesting path to Salkantay. One that entered through the East instead of the south like most people do it. About an hour into the trail, I knew my body was struggling under the weight of the rations of the week. My pack was considerably heavier than it’s been and despite lots of walking around town and at altitude, I could tell things would not go well. I would struggle and suffer. This was supposed to be a relatively easy day and the thought of the harder days, left me thinking I might have to turn around or adjust the locations of my campsites. I was making…

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