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Cusco and Macchu Picchu Peru

Home of the pre-Columbian ancient Empire of the Inca, this part of Peru resides in the Andes Mountains. The Incans was unsurpassed in the art of stonecutting and achieved a high degree of economic and social development. Their capital, Macchu Picchu was a large walled city situated high in the Andes, very difficult to access.

Cusco is 11,200 feet elevation, I got woozy even though I took altitude pills. Macchu Picchu is lower in elevation, 8,000 feet.

When the Spanish invaded Peru in 1532, they conqered the Inca people but were never able to conquer the city of Machu Picchu. Much of this area is now Catholic but the Incan Indians mix traditional indigenous beliefs with Christian values and some still call their gods by their original names.

The Incan Empire was so vast it ruled much of South America for many years.
Our Hotel is a Monastery...The Chapel
Our Hotel is a Monastery...The Chapel
Lots of Gold Everywhere
Lots of Gold Everywhere
Streets of Cusco
Streets of Cusco
Incan Stones are Foundations for Spanish Buildings
Incan Stones are Foundations for Spanish Buildings
Wiring...
Wiring...
Inside the Cloister of Santo Domingo, a functioning monastery
Inside the Cloister of Santo Domingo, a functioning monastery
Incan Gold shows their Religious Gods
Incan Gold shows their Religious Gods
Incan walls and stones in Santo Domingo
Incan walls and stones in Santo Domingo
We don't know what these were used for
We don't know what these were used for
Train goes Part  Way to Macchu Picchu
Train goes Part Way to Macchu Picchu
You can take a bus the rest of the way on these switchback roads
You can take a bus the rest of the way on these switchback roads
Macchu Piccu
Macchu Piccu
Buildings close to the edge!
Buildings close to the edge!
Really close to the edge
Really close to the edge