While Pete scooted off to Lima to sort out some issues he was having with the Peruvian police (or to 'apply for his Brazilian visa extension'), Dan & I headed south to Arequipa. Like many of the cities we were visiting, the old Spanish colonial architecture made the main square & it's surrounds very picturesque. However, the main reason we'd detoured south to visit here was to take another trek (Inca just wasn't enough). This time into the depths of the ...
Hackett la gringo
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The next destination on the gringo trail was Cusco (or 'Q'osqo' in the native Quechua tongue).When the Spanish conquistadors landed in Sth America in the 1500's, Cusco was the capital of the Inca empire which stretched from Columbia in the north to Argentina in the south. So it has by far the most archeological ruins, the highlight of which is the sacred ruins of Machu Pichu which lie in the mountains, some 100 odd k's from Cusco. Even Cusco itself is a beautiful...