It has been a relaxing few days stay in Cusco. Very pleasant weather. Blue skies with puffy white clouds, and temperatures around 75 F during the day and dropping to a great sleeping coolness of 45-50 F at night. After acclimating to the elevation (11,000+ feet above sea level), walking the city center area from our hotel gets the ol' heart pumping, and the lungs gulping as much oxygen as can be found/inhaled. Unfortunately Lidia has been primarily relegated to the hotel, as her foot needs to heal as much as possible in order to better be able to move about during the 10 day Audubon journey starting later this week.
Cusco is exceptionally clean with very little litter or trash about. Especially impressive as there are few to none trash barrels to be found anywhere ? Evidently everyone just carries their trash till they do find a suitable receptacle for disposal.
An eclectic mix of Inka natives, Peruvian Nationals, and tourists from all corners of the world imbues the city with a multi-flavored atmosphere.
The Inka architecture is so impressive. It remains after 500+ years and is the foundation upon which ensuing civilizations have not been able to improve upon. Even the Spanish colonial structures using mortar have crumbled while those of the Inka stand stable.
I don't expect iNet to be readily available much of the next 10 days or so, so journey postings may be on hold for awhile.
Ciao for now.