It’s hard to imagine how much tribute the Inca rulers needed to build Machu Picchu. It was a city standing atop a mountain, which juts more than 1,000 feet into the air from a riverbed. How many farmers in what’s now Peru worked extra hours in their fields to support to make the indulgences of… Read More Why Build A City on a Mountain Top? Because They Could : Machu Picchu, Peru. November, 2008.
It’s hard to imagine how much commotion there was just a few blocks from the quiet streets shown in these two pictures. Squadrons of visitors climbed over the temple-and-terrace complex that attracts so many people to Ollantaytambo, an otherwise sleepy town in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Tour buses lined Ollantaytambo’s main square. Ollantaytambo is part of… Read More Back Alleys and Quiet Hikes : Sacred Valley, Peru. November 2008.
My husband and I found alpaca meat to be a case of strong affection, if not love, at first bite. Before getting to Peru, David and I imagined alpaca meat would be kind of tough. Instead, it was tender. Something like good steak or lamb, but richer.The picture on the left is from our first… Read More Alpaca, Trout, Pork Adobo and ..Something Odd: Eating in Peru, Nov.-Dec. 2008.