This and That

December 28, 2013

2nd half of 2013 travel in bullets and pictures

2nd half of 2014 saw us traveling within the US.

  • 2nd Half started with our friend from New Jersey visiting. And we did our usual San Francisco tour with them. It was still great visiting the city for the nth time. Couldn’t get enough of the golden gate bridge, the twin peaks, Lombard streets, the Ghirardeli ice cream, etc.
  • Followed by a road trip to Redwood National Park with another friends family. Wonder why we didn’t visit this place which is not too far from home this long. Such a beautiful park. Fern Canyon hike is dreamy. The Lady Bird Johnson grove and Stout grove reminds one how insignificant we humans are. The beaches are pretty much empty and invites you to play. This park is not too crowded although the Fern Canyon parking lot gets full very fast. It was fun having picnics in the middle of the grove. Very thankful to the Govt for the restrooms and picnic benches all over. The kids loved the guided hike.
Stout Grove

Stout Grove

Tiger Lily at the Lady Bird Johnson Grove

Towering Redwoods

  • Labor Day weekend saw us in Lassen National Park. One of the best National Parks we have visited. Another National Park so close to home that we have neglected all these years. We did loads of hikes. The 4 hour Cinder cone Volcano hike was tiring but well worth it. The view is breathtaking and unlike I have ever seen. The Kings Creek Falls hike is another beautiful hike. Bumpass Hell Hike is a must see just for the boiling mud pots and the steam vents. We also went to see to the Sundial bridge in Redding, but not too impressive when compared to the beauty of Lassen.
Kings Creek Falls

Kings Creek Falls

Cinder Cone Hike Entrance

Cinder Cone Hike

Cinder Cone Hike

Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell

  • October, husband participated in a 100 mile bike ride for ASHA for Education. We were in Davis for a day. It was fun driving around the beautiful Davis area pretending to help the bikers.
  • Dec has been a busy month with Kauai and Lake Tahoe trips. Tahoe trip was fun as usual. We went with a couple of families, rented a big house at Northstar, cooked up a storm, ski-ed to our hearts content. The kids enjoyed the most since some of them were seeing snow for the first time. Will do a separate post for Kauai since it definitely deserves one and it is fresh in my memory.

1st half of 2013 travel in bullets and pictures

  • 2014 started in Switzerland with boo and family. We were at Klosters at a Spa skiing away to glory. We welcomed the new year from our room viewing fireworks and flying lantern. Though bil hurt his leg while skiing, other than that drishti, it did start with the bang
Klosters Serneus Bad

Klosters Serneus Bad

Parsenn Ski resort

  • Feb – May saw many ski trips to Tahoe.
  • Sneaked in a 2 week trip to India by myself for a cousin’s wedding. Had a wonderful time at the wedding.  Within the short trip, took a weekend trip to Hyderabad to visit Utbt and family. Wish I had more time with the kids and Utbt.
  • End of May, beginning of June saw us in Swiss again. A visit to surprise my mom on her 60th bday. We went on a trip to Lake Como, Italy. Bellagio, Lake Lugano, Villa Carlotta, Villa Bilbianello, Verenna took our breaths along with the awesome gelato. A cousin of ours also joined the trip. On the way back to Swiss, went to Verzasca(The dam from Golden eye) and Lavertezzo (A picturesque bridge). The pictures cannot capture their beauty.
Bellagio

Bellagio

Villa Bilbianello

Villa Bilbianello

View from Villa Carlotta balcony

View from Villa Carlotta balcony

Valle Verzasca

Valle Verzasca

Lavertezzo

  • As if the above was not enough, husband and I took my parents to Austria and Germany as a birthday present. Drove through the autobahn. It was thrilling to drive with no speed limits. It was fun reliving Sound of Music and visiting the castles/fortess of Salzburg and more importantly the birth house of Mozart. On the way back we stopped at Hohenschwangau and Neushwanstein castle. One has to see the castles to believe the beauty of it.

Salzburg from Hohensalzburg fortress

Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle

Neuschwanstein castle from Marie Brucke

Marie Brucke from Neuschwanstein castle

September 21, 2012

British Columbia Trip – Seatle – Vancouver

We decided to go to British Columbia at the last minute for the labor day weekend. Initially we thought we would drive and quickly realized it was not practical if we had only a week in hand. So we flew to Seattle and then drove to Vancouver from there. In Seattle we stayed with a friend for a night. We sneaked a visit to Snoqualmie falls thanks to M and R with the company of their kids T & S. It was great fun. See for yourself. There were many blackberry bushes around this place. Had fun picking them with little T. Although they were very sour!!

Snoqualmie Falls

The next day, after a hearty breakfast left for Vancouver. Close to the border, found out that the border was traffic heavy, thanks to the radio, so took a detour and drove via less crowded border crossing. Drove straight to Granville island. Parked our car and strolled around this quaint village. Had nice lunch at the market. Lots of vegetarian options. It was fun having lunch overlooking the water and the street performers. Then headed to our hotel near downtown. Took the map of the city and walked to English bay beach. It was a short walk from our hotel. It was beautiful walk. Then we headed to Grouse Mountain. Our friends M & family joined us in Grouse Mountain. Beautiful view of the entire Vancouver from the mountain top. This is also a home for couple bears. The wooden carved structures are a treat to our eyes. We took the skychair to the top and took an elevator ride to the top of the windmill there. It was breathtaking from there. It is a very unique experience. Although 50$+ person ticket does seem very steep for this experience. We had dinner at the lodge there and came back at night. The view in the night was awesome. If you reserve and eat dinner at the restaurant, I hear the ticket to the top is free. Wish we had known that before. Also it gets cold in the evening. Also if I had gone there in the evening, would have loved to try the Grouse Grind hike.

Grouse Mountain

The next day morning, had breakfast at hotel and headed to Lynn Canyon. It is a state park which is very similar to Capillano suspension bridge park. This place also has a suspension bridge although not as big as Capillano but free. We had a fun couple of hours hiking and enjoying the huge trees. We hiked to a waterfall and the river and we pretty much has the place for ourselves. Our friends left for Seattle after Lynn Canyon.

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

Lynn Canyon – Twin Falls

We headed out to our beautiful bed and breakfast. Left our baggage, our host gave us some ideas to where to eat, what to do for the rest of the day. We parked at our hotel from the previous night and walked to Cactus Cafe. Had very good food there. Their drink was also excellent. Then headed to the bicycle rental shop, parked our car, rented a couple of bikes and went to the famouse Stanley Park. It was a lovely scenic easy 8KM ride. We soaked on the scenaries and also enjoyed the blackberry bushes along the way.

Stanley Park

After a nice ride, we headed towards lighthouse park in West Vancouver. After a short hike, got to see the wonderful light house and the beautiful Vancouver downtown with a back drop of Mt.Baker.

View from lighthouse park

 

 

 

 

 

After a quiet dinner at an Italian restaurant(not bad), headed out to North Vancouver to have a nice view of the downtown at night. Our B & B was very beautiful and had a great view of Vancouver. The breakfast overlooking the garden and Vancouver downtown was magical.

View from B & B

B & B Backyard

 

 

 

 

Next day morning we headed for Whistler.

October 24, 2011

Visit to Boodom 2011

Filed under: Alt St. Johann, family, kids, travelogue — Tags: , — yaadayaada @ 11:04 pm

Had a wonderful time in Zurich with Ashu, Antu, Boo and Boo’s Hd. Ashu was thrilled since my visit was a surprise to her. Antu was not very thrilled. She took time to warm up to me or she teased me, only she knows. Antu declared, she doesn’t like me with a smile. And she kept repeating till the last day with a naughty smile. Every time I told her I liked her, her answer was, “Perimma kku enna pidikkum, enakku perimma pudikkadhu(Perimma likes me, but I don’t like perimma)”. Although on the last day, she had her bags packed and was ready to leave with me to OOOYES(US) leaving her amma/appa/akka. Stay at Boo’s house was a welcome change of pace in the midst of my week day work trips to Germany. We did squeeze in hikes, dinners during the weekend. We went to a super tasty Italian restaurant with family and a girls night out to Movie restaurant where I had a fake birthday celebration since the birthday girl didn’t show up.
Over the weekend, we went for a 4 hour hike at Alt St.Johann. The kids were such a sport walking without complaining. Here are some pictures. Isn’t it such a fun idea to have kids-friendly trails? Only Swiss can think of these wonderful ideas!!

Hiking trip

 
 
 
 
 
 
     
     
 
 
 
     

Also took a walk in the woods with the Ashu and Boo. It was a beautiful morning.

Walk in the woods

September 5, 2011

US Open 2011

Filed under: travelogue — Tags: , , , — yaadayaada @ 8:42 pm

Was in New York/New Jersey the past one week. A very good friend of us took us to US Open this weekend. It was the most a wonderful time of our life!! We had box seats, seated at the same level as Mrs.Federer (Althogh for a fleeting moment, the thought of selling our tickets for 1000$+ did cross our minds. In retrospect, we are so glad we didn’t pay attention to our thoughts!). We had the privilege of watching Federer vs Cilic and Serena vs Azarenka matches. It was just amazing. Husband went camera crazy. We were grinning half the time since we couldn’t believe we were there at close proximity. Take a look at a few pix that husband clicked. It was fun hearing Azarenka grunt and Serena roar in person!! Federer looks more skinny in person that on TV. Still grinning thinking about the fun we had!! Good company, great friends, great kids, good chaat, mini-golf, wii resort, US OPEN live from box seats, what more can one ask of a vacation!!

January 4, 2011

Day 8-9 Lima,Ica,Nasca

Filed under: travelogue, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — yaadayaada @ 6:09 am

On Day 8, packed our bags and the hotel staff dropped us at the airport and we left for Lima. We arrived at Lima around 10am and our tour operator/guide Mr.B was waiting for us much to our delight. We had paid him 60% cash advance and were praying all the Gods that he shows up! After getting some money from the ATM, we set off on our van ride to Ica. We went through downtown Lima to have a glance. Got delayed a bit due to some political rally. Lima is a city just like any other with its variety of neighborhoods (upscale, commercial, authors, touristy, etc).

The ride to Ica was long, stopped around 2pm for lunch. Had a good lunch of Pasta at a nice restaurant and what do we see when we were nearing Ica, see for yourself…. Bajaj Auto…

By the team we reached Ica, it was close to 5pm and our Sand buggy driver Mr.Ricardo was waiting for us. It was amazing to see the sand dunes in the middle of a town. We got into our own sand buggy and headed towards the dunes. It was a wonderful experience. The kids had a wonderful time riding the sand dunes. Right when we thought we had enough fun, the driver stopped on top of the dune and asked us to sand board. Wow, we had such a great time. The kids immediately declared that this was the best part of the trip.

After loads of fun, returned to our hotel. Had a dip in the pool with the kids, made some upma for dinner and called it a night.
Next day morning, after an early breakfast and rendezvous with parrot and parakeets, left for Nazca. Reached Nazca airport around 10:30am, and our flight was waiting for us. After a quick weight check and security check boarded our own Cessna 12 seater. Two more tourists joined us. It was a funny feeling for all of us since it was the first time, any of us were in a small plane. But we were so excited to see the lines. So the first few lines were fine, after the 2-3 line viewing, the 3 and 4 year old went to sleep. The rest of us were fighting nausea. Since I was holding hands with Chula who had to sit by herself across my seat, had to put a brave front. Chula held up very well. Since the pilots tilt the plane for us to see the lines, it really got to us. Somehow managed the short 25 minute flight without any major crisis. It was one adventurous ride viewing the mysterious Nazca lines.

After the flight, took a nice massage, did some souvenir shopping and left for Chauchilla tombs. It was interesting. But I wouldn’t recommend it if you are pressed for time. Then we stopped in a winery for lunch. Had awesome custom made vegetarian fried rice there. Got a personalized tour of the ancient pisco making process. Also picked raw mangoes from the grove there. We also got a nice tasting of the various piscos and wines made there. Then we raced back to Lima to catch our flight. Reached airport around 9:30pm. Thanked Mr.B for the wonderful and safe trip and waved Good Bye to beautiful Peru one last time.

December 30, 2010

Day 6-7 Colca Canyon-Arequipa

On Day 6, after a hearty breakfast, we left for Colca Canyon in our pre-arranged van. We had 2 more couple traveling with us. It takes about 6 hours to reach Yanque. We have to take the mountain roads to reach there. The highest elevation we see on the way is 4900m. While Yanque is at around 3200m. So on the winding roads we drove and we saw a whole bunch of wild life like lama, vicuñas, alpacas, flamingoes, ibises, Andean geese, ducks and Andean eagles.

The elevation and the winding roads causes altitude sickness to a lot of people. Friend R and utbt got sick. The driver of our van did some alcohol massage on R’s face and it helped her. The rest of us were fine chewing coca leaves and drinking coca tea. The guide was very friendly and informative. At 4900 meter we stopped for some rest, bio-break and coca tea. The rest-room was really well maintained in that land of nowhere. We reached Chivay and breaked for lunch. Had an Andean lunch at Chivay while friend R rested and utbt was fasting . The food was pretty decent. We had rice, some chutneys, fruits(the bananas were yum), quinoa, potato curry, salads, banana fritters, etc since 85% of our group was vegetarians. Then left for lodge in Yanque. The lodge was very rustics overlooking the canyon along with its terraces. There were hammocks that the kids enjoyed. Since R and utbt were sick, husband, myself and utbt’s husband R left for a 3 hour hike along with our guide and 2 other guests. The guide didn’t know English and we didn’t know Spanish and we used sign-language most of the time. The hike was wonderful. Our guide’s dog, Oso also followed us. The hike took us through multiple bridges, the canyons, Inca terraces with maize, corn and beans. We were able to see the Colcas(storage bins) on the side of the canyon where the Incas used to store their produce.

After 2 hours of hike stopped at hot springs and husband had a nice hot bath while friend and I roamed around clicking pictures. Then we walked via a delicate bridge one at a time crossing the canyon and reached the hotel in an hour. Our guide’s dog Oso refused to cross the bridge, so our guide had to carry him.

We reached the hotel and had hot soup and dinner and called it a wonderful day. Next day, after an early breakfast left for Condor’s cross to witness the crossing of the Condors. We waited for an hour for the Condors and finally 1 showed up. In June, typically 20 plus Condors show up, but since it was nesting season when we visited, we were lucky to see the one. The drive to Condor’s cross was also beautiful. The kids were very patient and waited for the condor.

On the way, back, we stopped at Chivay again for breakfast. The Andean buffet lunch this time was not very veg-friendly, but we were able to manage with plain rice and fruits. We reached our hotel at around 4pm. Then utbt, my husband and I left to see the Museo Santuarios Andinos in Arequipa. The Mummy Juanita, the ice maiden is a well-preserved body of a young teenage girl who was sacrificed on top of Mount Ampato around the mid 15th century. They also have the umbilical cord preserved in corn alcohol. Wish the Incas had written it all down.

After some grocery shopping in the plaza, we came back to the hotel to hot dinner of Maggi noodles prepared by utbt’s husband and friend R’s husband. The next day, after an early breakfast, we left for Lima.

December 25, 2010

Day 4-5 Ollantaytambo – Arequipa

On Day 4, we woke up leisurely, had breakfast and set out on the train to Ollantaytambo. We asked our hotel staff to arrange a van for us in Ollantaytambo and they did. The van was supposed to take us to Ollantaytambo ruins and drive us to the bus station in Cusco. The hotel staff tied up all our baggage in a cart and dragged it along while we walked with them on our 20 minute walk to the train station. Again, the train staff and the security in the station were very accommodating and helped us with the baggage. This train trip although a short 90 minute, had a show in-store for us along with snacks and drinks. And we were the 10 of 15 passengers in the train. So it was very exclusive. The kids had a wonderful time running around. As part of the show, one person came dressed up as Pachacamac, the creator God. Also we had a wonderful fashion parade, parading the finest of the alpaca sweaters and shawls.

Our van was waiting for us in Ollantaytambo. We somehow managed to load our boatload of baggage and ourselves in the van, and off we set towards the Ollantaytambo ruins. First we stopped a small restaurant outside of the ruins.  Had a wonderful lunch comprising of pasta and grilled veggie kebabs and rice.  Then we bought a partial ticket and hired ourselves a guide. We set off to see this wonderful ruin. The outside of the ruins is littered with souvenir shops run by the locals. Since the kids were a little tired and couple of the adults were having altitude sickness, we decided to stick to the lower area instead of climbing the terraces and upper area. Ollantaytambo was one of the royal estates of King Pachacuti.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We started with looking at the baths of the princess and the chosen girls(typically chosen for sacrifices – ouch!).  The entire water system is underground since the Incas did not want their water to be poisoned. There were lot of storage areas built in this place. Plus the mountains around has the shape of many of the typical Inca symbols. Take a look at it for yourself. The Inca God on the left of the picture. The storage unit on the right top. The Candor shape on the bottom right. Also the beautiful bath which can be stopped and started by a drawing a line and flicking water back in the water’s path. Also the operation table made on the rock was another wonder. They even had a small canal for water to flow. They mainly used it for mending the wounded soldiers. After a couple of an hour of  tour, we headed towards Cusco.
 
 
 
 
 
On the way to Cusco, we stopped in a couple of artisan markets. Since it was close to 5pm, most of them were closed or about to close. Neverthless, they were very interesting to look at. The drive back to Cusco was beautiful with its glaciers and small towns. We briefly stopped at the Cusco market, did some more shopping and were dropped off at the Cruz Del Sur bus stop at around 7:30pm for our 8pm bus which we almost missed. We had booked an overnight bus trip from Cusco to Arequipa via the internet. I was in-charge of printing the confirmation. And I gave the confirmation to the clerk and he gives me 5 tickets instead of 10. Since we can’t book 10 tickets in one shot, we had made 2 reservations of 5. I told him that and he took me to their office and they show that I have printed the same confirmation twice instead. Thus started our crazy 30 minute ordeal. we tried to explain we had 10 tickets, they tried to tell us that there is only 5 tickets and add the language barrier to the mix. The did not speak English and we did not know Spanish. A kind gentleman who had come to book tickets translated to us that we needed to get the confirmation otherwise we can’t go in the bus. He recommended that we find an internet booth. utbt and I were totally confused. We left the kids with the other adults, took a cab with the help of one of the bus clerks and with her in tow we went an witch-hunt for internet booth. After seeing most of it closed, the lady took us to her husband’s internet booth were we searched our mails for our confirmation number. The internet was so slow that we almost broke down. Finally found the confirmation number, the lady called the bus station to get our tickets ready and we hopped into the cab and ran to the bus. The bus was very nice as close to a business class flight as it can get. But it took me about an hour to get over from the anxiety. Then we had our packed theplas and retired for the night.

We reached Arequipa the next morning, our hotel staff picked us up and we arrived at our beautiful pink hotel. Again we were the only people in that small house turned into a 10 room hotel. Had a wonderful breakfast, the tropical fruit platter was the high light. After a quick rest, the 3 men and I went for a stroll to the plaza de armas and the bank. There was some demonstration going on in the plaza. The  cathedral looked lovely. We did some grocery shopping, exchanged some money at the bank and walked back. We saw some mangoes and we bought them as well. Yummy!
Arequipa is at the foothills of active volcano El Misty who is flanked by her inactive volcano husbands Chachani and Pichu Pichu. It is a beautiful city with Incan terraces at her outskirts. The bus tour took us to the various monuments in the Arequipa and also to the outskirts which included the Arequipa Founder’s house (A quaint bungalow), an ancient water mill(beautiful area, the kids were thrilled with the water mill.) used for grinding corn, a small alpaca emporium which also housed some llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos.

After about a 3 hour tour, we returned back to the plaza. Bought some water, took a cab and returned home. We ordered in some Italian food and called it a night since we had to leave for Colca Canyon the next day.

December 19, 2010

Day 2 Machu Pichu, the highlight of the trip!

Filed under: travelogue — Tags: , , , , , , — yaadayaada @ 10:52 pm

On Day 2, since our train to Aquas Calientes was at 7am, our hotel packed us breakfast and arranged for a ride to the train station. We arrived at train station lugging our luggage. The station master and the train staff almost fainted seeing our luggage and then started laughing. The station master, then tells us that the max limit to take in the train per passenger is 5Kgs. And we had at least 200+ Kgs of luggage. Then we explained our situation that we are staying overnight at Aquas Calientes and we are on a 10 day trip with 4 kids and long story short, they loaded our luggage for us in a different compartment and let us in. The train ride was beautiful. We traveled in the Vista Dome train, they served breakfast but we could eat only the fruits and dessert being vegetarians. But it was presented beautifully.The train passed through beautiful Incan terraces with Maize, potatoes, beans and corn. The Urubamba river was also traveling on our side.

 

 

Train is the only way to get to Aquas Calientes which is about 20 minute bus ride from Machu Pichu. The other way to hike all the way from Cusco for 5-6 days! The train takes about 4-5 hours. We packed some rotis and teplas for lunch. We reached Aquas Calientes at around noon and a person from our hotel was waiting for us to take us to the hotel. We told the person we want to go to Machu Pichu first and requested him to take the luggage and he almost fainted seeing our baggage and then he entrusted our baggage to the security of the station and left with us to get the tickets for Machu Pichu and then to put us in the bus to Machu Pichu. Tickets to Machu Pichu has to be bought in Cusco or Aquas Calientes and cannot be bought at the entrance of Machu Pichu. The hotel staff gave us the direction to the hotel and left us in the bus station after getting the tickets. We left for the much-awaited trip with out backpacks, lunchpacks and umbrellas. The bus trip was nice. We got the first glimpse of Magnificent Machu Pachu from the bus.

 

 

 
Remember, I said Cusco is built like a Puma, Machu Pichu is build in the shape of a Condor. For the Incans, Puma represents the present, Condor the afterlife and Snake represents the past.Once we reached there, we finished lunch, finished our multiple bathrooms trip with kids and hired a guide and marched off to Machu Pichu. The kids were promised ice cream at the end of the Machu Pichu tour. So they did the 3+ hour tour on foot without any problem. They were real troopers. Machu Pichu is breathtaking. It is amazing how the city has been planned with its farming terraces, area for temples, the sun, earth and other nature elements, the nobles quarters, the separate quarters for chosen women and men.  To add fun, there were lamas roaming around with cute earings. Here are the Lamas and Lama’s view of the sun temple and Machu Pichu.

 

 

 

The temples were made with perfectly cut rectangular stones while the rest of the place has irregular stones. And the stone were cut by boring holes and then inserting wooden sticks inside the hole, add some sand and water, wood expands and cuts the stone. This is exactly what was done for Tanjore Big temple rocks as well. Irrespective of the time period, geography, people were the same. And some more nice pictures of Machu Pichu. In the picture below, you can see the temple of Condor. The second from left on top. The second from bottom left is the Sun temple. The people of Machu Pichu disappeared and there are only theories as to what could have happened, no solid proof. Since the Incans had no written script, difficult to assess what happened to them. And another amazing thing is the trials that the Incans have built through out these mountains. They have built steps to climb to the top of many mountains. Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu is the big mountain you see in the background. If you look closely, you might spot the Incan trail with steps and people climbing those.

 

 

After 4 hours, we got the kids the promised ice cream and returned back to Aquas Calientes for a well-deserved rest. Had a hearty dinner with live Incan music at the restaurant attached to our hotel and retired for the day. The next day’s plan was to visit Ollantaytambu/Sacred Valley and leave for Arequipa that night from Cusco.

Peru Trip Day 1 and 2 – SFO to Cusco

Filed under: travelogue — Tags: , , , , , , , , — yaadayaada @ 7:35 pm

Utbt, her husband, kids M & C, my husband and I left SFO on a Thursday morning for Lima with our 6 baggage and 6 backpacks in tow. I had packed idlies for everyone just in case. And that was a savior since the vegetarian food served by LAN was horrible to put it mildly. We reached Lima at around midnight. Our flight to Cusco was at around 6am. So we waited at the exchanged some money and slept off in the window sill while the kids slept on baggage carts. Finally left at around 6am. The flight to Cusco was short and sweet, the scenery from up above and the landing was breath-taking.

We were greeted by our hotel staff. They took us to the hotel. A majestic statue of King Pachacutti welcomed us to the city. Our rooms were in the 3rd floor, the hotel staff managed to lug our baggage up. The altitude was slowly getting to us. Cusco is at an elevation of 11,200 ft. We had a nice breakfast with Coca tea(helps with altitude sickness) and slept for a couple of hours to catch up on lost sleep. Our friends(R, K and kids S and K) from New Jersey arrived at around 10:30am. After catching up and some more rest, we rented a van to take us around the town. First we stopped at an Indian restaurant(India Cafe I think) in Cusco. Not too bad. Then we left to see Cusco ruins.

We took the partial ticket to see the 3 ruins and hired an English speaking guide to show us Sacsayhuaman ruins. The ruin is from 11th century.

The walls are still intact but the towers were destroyed by the Spanish and the stones used to build the main buildings and the churches in Cusco. The view of Cusco from the ruin is breath-taking. Cusco city is build in the shape of a Puma. From there we were driven to Tambomachay, that is the baths/resort for the Incans.

 

After a quick view Puca Pucara which is the guard post, we drove back to Cusco at dusk soaking in the colorful city. Stopped on the way at the Cusco market and went crazy shopping for souvenirs and Alpaca woolen clothes. Came back to our room and had yummy chappathis and theplas that we had taken with us and called it a day since we had an early day next morning.

Older Posts »

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.