Traveling through Words, Images, and Ideas
The best way to know a city is through its markets, and Cusco's did not disappoint.
Mostly overjoyed because I found one of my favorite desserts—churros!
Latin America's livelihood is best demonstrated through this: on any given day, you can walk outside and be greeted by a celebration in the streets. Plaza de Armas, Cusco.
The hills of Cusco lit up at night from the Plaza de Armas.
Military marching band sounding off in Cusco to celebrate the May 1st Labor Day holiday, or day of the workers.
Everyone from government officials to community members gathered in Plaza de Armas to pay tribute to the working people of Cusco. Happy Labor Day, Peru!
Machu Picchu's architectural genius left me awestruck; all doors and windows frame one of the two mountains on either side of the ruins.
Overlooking the main section of the ruins at Machu Picchu.
After a few days of being sick in bed I finally got the energy to visit Machu Picchu, and was rewarded with an afternoon of beautiful weather and essentially having the ruins to myself.
This lone tree was planted by archaeologists who found a golden bracelet buried in the same spot. A common find at Incan ruins, it symbolizes a gift to the Earth, so they replaced it with their own.
How to get the money shot at Machu Picchu: convince the staff to let you stay just a teeny bit past closing.