|Alex vs 'Sexy Woman'.|
|Sacsayhuaman with Cuzco below.|
|Central square, Cuzco.|
|Alex and Paula eating some fresh corn.|
|Cuzco by night.|
|The salt ponds of Maras.|
|The concentric circles of Moray.|
Coca Museum history. Where else would you find a one-stop-shop on the history, use and influence of the coca leaf? No visit to Cuzco would be complete without walking past the infamous 12-sided stone, probably the finest example of Inca masonry. Having said that, we could do without the dude dressed up as an Inca! He's there all the time, and I reckon he's making more money from photos than his Inca counterparts ever were!
Our first few nights were spent in a hostel whose owners really had no idea about, well, how to run a hostel! We got pots with holes in the kitchen, and the rain almost flooded out our room one night! We did have spectacular views of the city from the rooftop though as well as meeting a gorgeous German family travelling with their two kids, whom we really hit it off with. Florence and ....... were about six months into a two year trip around the world with their kids. Travellers from way back they had decided even before they had children that they would 'invest' in the travel experience when they would have kids by travelling around with them.
|Alex and Sonia.|
Chiclayo That would take us close enough to the Ecuadorian border.
|Valley of the Pyramids.|
|The Valley of the Pyramids, Tucume.|
And so, it was time to go to Ecuador! After a bit of a runaround in Chiclayo as to where we needed to catch a bus from to get to Ecuador, we finally made it, only days before Christmas! Northern Peru is very, very, very arid! The odd thing is that literally as soon as you cross the border the scenery changes dramatically to lush. It was also interesting to note Peru's very poor north to Ecuador's rather comfortable south.
Let the Ecuadorian adventure begin!
'We met for a reason, you're either a blessing or a lesson.' – Frank Ocean
|Crossing from Bolivia to Peru.|
|The many colours of Bolivian corn.|
|These little piggies went to market.|
|Porridge with coca leaf powder. No, it's not cocaine!|
|Cuy ... pet or dinner?|
|View from Maras.|
|With Sonia, Casa Sihuar.|
|With the family at Casa Sihuar.|
|New friends in Cuzco.|
|Goodbye Sonia ... I will miss you!|
|Finger Lickin' Good ... Peruvian chocolate!|
|Peruvian street art.|
|Fishermen on Pimental Beach.|