Cuzco and the Sacred Valley - Peru 2005
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Cuzco lies at the heart of the once-mighty Inca Empire, in southern parts of Peru. Situated at an elevation of 3350 meter, this beautiful city is very photogenic with colonial buildings and cristal clear air.

We arrived here by plane from Lima on the 11th of June, but none of us had any particularily problems with the altitude. The next day we visited the Sacred Valley of the Incas, or Vilcanota/Urubamba Valley. Several Inca ruins are found in this valley, and especially Pisac and Ollantaytambo are worth a visit. The Urubamba river runs north-west down the valley, and the water ultimately ends up in Amazonas and the Atlantic Ocean.


Inhabitants near Pisac, Sacred Valley, Peru

Inhabitants near Pisac, Sacred Valley, Peru


Plaza de Armas, Cuzco

New hats, yeah!





Peruvian flute bands, they are real, here in Cuszo

Market place, Cuzco


Local market, Cuzco

The Sacred Valley


Inca ruins at Pisac

Pisac town


Urubamba Valley locals

Urubamba Valley girls


Pisac Inca terraces



Modern Incas...

Ollantaytambo toward Urubamba Valley


Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley






Cuzco region


On our way toward Choquequirau


Black vulture (Coragyps atratus), Lima

Guanay cormorant (Phalacrocorax bougainvilliorum), Lima


Croaking ground dove (Columbina cruziana), Lima

West Peruvian dove (Zenaida meloda), Lima