Hey friends! I hope you haven’t forgotten about me…
I know it’s been awhile. It seems that’s become the norm, sadly, but you know what? I’m allowing myself not to feel pressure from this anymore. I love writing, shooting, sharing, traveling, and eating (mmmhmmm) so I’m going to continue to do that regardless but I’m releasing myself from this invisible obligation I feel to document it all. Perhaps by releasing myself from feeling like I always have “homework,” I’ll actually do it! The mind is a funny, fickle thing, isn’t it?! We’ll see how it all goes!
Anyway, I wanted to dedicate a few posts to the amazing work trip I had the opportunity to join last year in October. The first stop was to Cusco, Peru. I can’t give a lot of suggestions or tips since the company I work for creates wonderfully planned packages, but I can for sure share where we went and some photos of each place:
Traditional Weavers at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco – 75 minute drive from Cusco:
Town of Chinchero (elevation 12,343′) – 75 minute drive from Cusco:
Sacsayhuaman (elevation 12,142′) – 15 minute drive from Cusco:
“Sacsayhuaman is a citadel on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, Peru, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Sections were first built by the Killke culture about 1100; they had occupied the area since 900. The complex was expanded and added to by the Inca from the 13th century; they built dry stone walls constructed of huge stones. The workers carefully cut the boulders to fit them together tightly without mortar… In 1983, Cusco and Sacsayhuamán together were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for recognition and protection.”
Ollantaytambo (elevation 9,160′) – 2.25 hour drive from Cusco:
“Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru some 72 km (45 mi) by road northwest of the city of Cusco… During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti, who conquered the region,:73 and built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru, it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Nowadays, located in what is called the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it is an important tourist attraction on account of its Inca ruins and its location en route to one of the most common starting points for the four-day, three-night hike known as the Inca Trail.”
Machu Picchu (elevation 7,970′) – 4.5 hours by train and a couple busses from Cusco:
“Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often mistakenly referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas” (a title more accurately applied to Vilcabamba), it is the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was not known to the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911.”
Visiting Machu Picchu was a DREAM come true. It touched my soul. Its pristine location, architecture, craftsmanship, and preservation is breath-taking. Magical moments and places like this are what the word AWE-some was truly invented to describe. The fact that it poured off and on throughout our visit did nothing but increase its mystique. Not once did my sodden shoes and drenched clothes detract from this dreamy experience that took ten years in the industry to achieve. Machu Picchu is magic.