Hello From Cusco!
Trip Start Apr 30, 2010
9Trip End May 11, 2010
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At 10:00am local time (actually coiniciding with Chicago time) we arrived in Cusco, Peru, after having left Chicago ON TIME (yes, it´s true!) at 4:30 Friday afternoon to Miami, then an all-night flight to Lima and finally, after a delay this morning, making it to Cusco. This is one fascinating place, 12 thousand feet above sea level with a history going back well before the Europeans knew this continent existed. Yes, we noticed the altitude right away, feeling somewhat light-headed, but not dizzy. We were prepared for this and took it nice and slow, especially going up hills and stairs. You have no choice.
Right after we checked into the hotel we started exploring the city´s historic district with its ancient streets going back centuries. And they ARE ANCIENT! Many are one lane wide with a sidewalk only a foot wide on either side
We have to cut it short for now. We hope to see our first Inca ruins nearby tomorrow (Sunday) before we head to Machu Picchu Monday. We're also posting on TravelPod.com. Thanks so much for all your great emails and wishes!
Dave And Paul Schwan