|One of many cups of coca tea|
We spent a leisurely afternoon strolling around the historic district of the city, acclimatising to the 11,200 ft (3400m) altitude. Having suffered from bad altitude sickness 20 years ago, skiing at 12,000 ft in Chile, the lesson I have learned is to take it easy for a day or two before indulging in any strenuous activity! We also had our first taste of coca tea, an infusion of raw coca leaves, said to alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness.
|Dawn breaks over Cuzco|
|The terraced walls of Sacsayhuaman|
|The Sacred Valley of the Incas|
|Ancient terraces at Pisac|
|One of countless photos taken from this popular viewing site on entering the citadel|
|Barbara on the narrow ledge by the Inca Bridge, above a 1900ft sheer drop|
|To the Sun Gate in the footsteps of the Incas|
|Passing through Juliaca|
|Approaching the Uros islands|
|Life on one of the floating islands. Note the solar panels! The man on the right is fishing in a hole in the reeds|
|Heading for the Capachica Peninsula|
|The road to Llachon|
|Llachon fisherman tending his nets|
I hope this travelogue will be of value to any of you visiting Peru for the first time, maybe to attend a conference in Lima, and I would particularly appreciate comments from those of you who know Peru, if only from brief visits. It would be very interesting to have your views on this wonderful part of South America.