Peru 2005 - Cuzco and the Sacred Valley


Cuzco lies at the heart of the once-mighty Inca Empire, in southern parts of Peru. Situated at an elevation of 3,350 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


Trichocereus cuzcoensis is a columnar cactus endemic to the Cuzco region




Cuzco region


On our way toward Choquequirau



Venezuelan Red Howler Monkey (Alouatta seniculus), Parque de las Leyendas (Lima Zoo)


In transit at Lima Airport, Peru

Jaguar (Panthera pardus), Parque de las Leyendas (Lima Zoo)


Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), Lima

Guanay Cormorant (Phalacrocorax bougainvilliorum), Lima


Barn Owl (Tyto alba), Parque de las Leyendas (captive bird, Lima Zoo)

Belcher's Gull (Larus belcheri), Lima


Croaking Ground Dove (Columbina cruziana), Lima

West Peruvian Dove (Zenaida meloda), Lima