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Well-Developed Quads
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Well-Developed Quads

The Incas were a small people… probably hovering around 5 feet tall. Yet, their cities are built on top of mountains, with steps leading up to these cities that are about 2 feet tall each. They must have had very well-developed quadriceps.

I may have huffed and puffed a little coming up the mountain, but once we reached the top, it was all worth it!

Mandatory Machu Picchu Photo

Machu Picchu was recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and perhaps that is why the site was so crowded on a Sunday morning… I didn’t let the crowds interfere with my joy, though, what an opportunity to be in such an amazing and beautiful place!

Guard House and Ruins

View from Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

See the llamas? They are the caretakers and the lawnmowers of Machu Picchu! After the (re)discovery of the site in 1911, llamas were used as pack animals to reach the mountain top. Once the climbers arrived, they would leave the llamas on site, and their descendants remain today.

Llama Running

If [when?] I go to Machu Picchu again, I would do a few things differently: 1) go earlier in the morning to avoid the heat, and the crowds, 2) wear more sunscreen. I got some burns, even after a liberal application of SPF 45. I think it was the proximity to the equator, and the altitude that made the burn more intense.

Our tour through the Sacred Valley – two days after Machu Picchu – was equally as meaningful. The Valley above Cusco, leading to Machu Picchu, is filled with little towns, and many more Incan archaeology. It was not as crowded, and the timing just seemed better. There were two highlights of that day: the town of Ollantaytambo, and the town of Chinchero.

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo Terraces

Ollantaytambo Terraces

Inca Temple at Ollantaytambo

The town of Ollantaytambo has been consistently inhabited for over five hundred years. The Incas built it, and the people there today live in the same structures and houses that they lived in. That tidbit made the site even more interesting.

I have already mentioned our stop in Chinchero, known for its textiles. The town also has some Incan ruins, and a beautiful church that has remained untouched since the Spanish came to the region.

Kris in Chinchero

Inca Wall Remains in Chinchero

Chinchero Overlook

This post concludes my Peru series – and I thank you so very much for reading and commenting! As your can undoubtedly see, Peru is a beautiful country with a rich history and diverse cultures. The Amazon and the Andes seemed like different worlds, yet they make up one country. I enjoyed each part of our trip immensely, and Kris and I are already thinking about a return trip. As you can see, this trip made a real impact on me.

Thank you for reading! I will share some souvenirs and knitting progress with you very soon :)

 

 

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46 Responses

  1. Jeanine

    Thanks for sharing your trip and BEAUTIFUL photos with us. I’m off to view more on Flickr.

  2. Heather

    That picture of you and Kris is priceless! Thanks for such an enjoyable series of posts.

  3. Elemmaciltur

    More! More!!! :-)

    I really loved reading about your travelling in this series! Hope you get to go back there again soon! (And maybe, some days, I might get to go myself)

  4. Amy Artisan

    What a wonderful journey for you & Kris! And your series of posts about it has been truly a treat to read – indeed a virtual vacation for us! :)

  5. Dee

    You make me want to fly off today and see Peru! Your pictures are beautiful!

  6. Kathy W.

    Thanks so much for the travelogue. I’ve really enjoyed it…the detail, the pictures…wonderful!

  7. martha in mobile

    Thank you for sharing! I loved being an “armchair traveler” on your trip. You are an enlightened and informed (and informative) traveler.

    (Because you are also a person who loves words, you might want to change “their ancestors” to “their descendants” in reference to the llamas at Machu Picchu.)

  8. jenni

    gosh…I want to go there! have fun!

  9. Alice

    Gorgeous pictures! Your posts really have had a wealth of information I have loved reading them!

  10. sprite

    Thanks for sharing your photos and your experiences. They’ve been truly enjoyed by this armchair traveler!

  11. Kara

    Oh I want to go to Machu Picchu so badly. Thanks for inspiring me to start making serious plans.

  12. Lara

    What beautiful pictures! I have always wanted to go there. Maybe someday. So glad this was a meaningful trip for you. I can only imagine how breathtaking the experience was.

  13. Sarah HB

    Looks like a great trip! I am ENVIOUS.

  14. Whitney

    I’ve so enjoyed this series of post! What fabulous pictures, and fabulous memories and experiences for you and Kris.

  15. Dorothy B

    I can definitely understand a desire to return to Peru. It looks like an amazing place and the sheer volume of ancient handiwork would make it a difficult trip to forget or to fully absorb in such a short span of time.

    By the way, if I recall correctly, the size of the steps leading up the mountains to Machu Picchu meant that an approaching enemy would be unable to move at any great speed either up or down and therefore the cities were among the most difficult to attack or conquer. An invading army would have to be very determined and highly skilled in order to take victory.

  16. Jenna

    Wow, what an amazing trip – you’ve really reignited my desire to go to that part of the world. I even took out my Bolivia tourbook to look at it after your last post. Not only did you get to see these amazing historical places, your pictures are great. Look at that blue sky! Amazing. I’m so glad you got to go. I’m sure readjustment back to real life has been difficult, but hopefully writing these posts has helped you re-live some of it.

  17. Sandra

    macchu picchu is breathtakingly beautiful. that is definetely a place i want to visit before i die. thank you so so much for sharing your pictures and stories with all of us. amazing.

  18. Beth

    Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing your trip with the rest of us.

  19. Lynn

    Thank you so much for sharing. The photography is beautiful! And I’m so glad you both came home safe. I know you’ll never ever ever forget that feeling. In some ways that’s good, isn’t it? You truly appreciate your time together. :)

  20. gray la gran

    lolly, when i visited there, i was lucky to hike there (over 5 days) along the inca trail. on the morning of arrival, i stood up above the ruins, just after sunrise……
    before the crowds. before the afternoon fog would roll in.
    i have a great appreciation for the countries, landscapes, and people of peru and bolivia (though, peru “stole” bolivia’s only port). bolivia is by far my favorite. bolivia is so diverse, one could easily spend a month exploring (at the very least).
    i’m so glad you enjoyed your vacation there. you will remember it for a lifetime.

  21. tiennie

    Great pictues Lolly!

  22. Sarah

    Thank you again for sharing your trip and your lovely photos.

  23. Joanna

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures!

  24. fawn

    Oh! My! Gosh! Thanks for the virtual trip, Lolly. What a fabulous place! Now I am dying to go.

  25. Romi

    WOW! So amazing. Thank you so much for the pictures. I hope to see it in person one of these days!

  26. Kirsten

    I’ve really enjoyed your photo tour of Peru. Thank you so much for sharing your trip. Now I want to go more than ever!

  27. Leslie

    This is so much fun…”travelling” in your footsteps.

  28. eyeleen

    amazing pictures! thanks for sharing your trip.

  29. vera

    Some of these photographs literally took my breath away. They are such gorgeous shots.
    Thanks so much for sharing you adventures with us, Lolly. I almost feel as though i was there with you! It’s been a real pleasure to read.

  30. handknit168

    what an amazing place to visit.

  31. Esther

    What gorgeous photographs- just stunning. Makes me yearn to get on a plane and just “go” – something I’ve never been able to do. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us. (P.S. – what a husband!!! To spot and SAVE your knitting during all that chaos – Kris is fantastic!).

  32. Hillary

    Gorgeous pictures. They really make you want to run out and book a trip.

  33. Jody

    I really enjoyed seeing all your pictures and reading about your trip. What a wonderful experience!

  34. Sneaksleep

    This brings back so many memories of my own trip to Peru 10 years ago. If only I had been as obsessed with fiber arts then as I am now! Thank you thank you thank you for sharing all these beautiful photos and the rich historical background. Glad you survived the earthquake OK!!

  35. Donna

    What a thoughtful thing for Kris to think to grab your knitting!!! I am so glad that you survived the earthquake. Thank you for the wonderful pictures. What a awesome experience for you.

  36. Octopus Knits

    I have so enjoyed your stories and pictures — thanks!

  37. Sewnut

    2 of my adult children are currently traveling through Peru as well. I am thrilled to put your photos together with their emails/blog. They headed north to Ecuador after the earthquake but are now at Macchu Pichu.

    http://www.mad-elph.blogspot.com/
    Current Entries for Peru (August 2007)

    Thanks!

  38. donnac

    What a wonderful trip you’re having. Thanks so much for sharing your pictures and experiences.

  39. Moni

    Thank you sooo much for sharing your trip and your stunning photography with us, Lolly! What an amazing trip.

  40. Dave Lanzer

    Hey Lauren!!!! Looks like you two had an amazing trip. I just spent two weeks out in New Mexico (hmm…who do I know who has lived there…) at Philmont – backpacking in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Excellent adventure. 104 miles of pure mountainous beauty.

    Anyway, I was at my parents’ house this past weekend for my mother’s birthday and she asked if I’d talked to Kris in a while. I thought about it, and it’s been FIVE YEARS!! That’s ridiculous considering I work in Columbia still. So, drop me a line (davelanzer@yahoo.com) and let’s get together sometime. I’d love to catch up and swap stories with y’all about travels!!!

  41. amisha

    thank you thank you for sharing all of this lolly! i have enjoyed this virtual trip so much :)
    can i ask you a bit about your camera for this? i love all the photos and am wondering if you brought your new camera, lenses, etc. and how that went?
    xo

  42. Wanda

    I really enjoyed your travelogue. Lovely, lovely.

  43. Erin

    Gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing the pictures and journaling your travels.

  44. Debra

    Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures.

  45. Miss Scarlett

    Wow did you ever visit some magnificent sites!

    Thank you so much for sharing them – let’s us travel vicariously.

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