Cusco is the old Inca capital and it is full of the mood of both, the old Inca culture, colours, people, as well as the Spanish and catholic influence. Most people speak Quechua as their first language, some don't understand (our) spanish, and English is rather seldom. Plenty of beautiful old buildings, a cathedral with gold and silver all over the place (the altar was of 1,250kg solid silver), great colourful clothes, but the lot at 3,500m altitude. We got our...
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Macchu Pichu is everything the travel journals describe: an old Inca city on top of a moutain, undiscovered by the Spaniards who stole everything from other Inca places, with amazing old buildings and terraces and great hikes. We climbed Waynapichu mountain the first morning, then took a guided tour through Macchu Pichu during the day and climbed Macchu Pichu mountain the second day. Very impressive and certainly worth the effort and expense.
This was a much anticipated part of our trip - Macchu Pichu and the Inkas! To avoid much mountain sickness we planned to spend a few days at the Sacred Valley of the Inkas at 'only' 2700m above sea level, before heading up to the Macchu Picchu. In the Valley we stayed in Urubamba, the centre of the valley, and from there we had day trips to Ollantaytambo, once the place of many Inca battles against the Spaniards. Also we had a day trip to the salt mines in Mara...