I’ve been aching to post all about my Journey to the Andes in Peru. Finally, I have gotten some sort of order to the roughly 5000 photos and videos that I took!
So taking it from the top…
I left Los Angeles on November 9th. It was an incredibly clear day and we headed south along the coast line towards my connection in Dallas. I am pretty sure that the AA on the wingtip stands for Alpaca Air… well, that or maybe American Airlines. 🙂
It was a whirlwind to make the connection whereupon I fell asleep and the next thing I knew I was in Lima Peru at about 1am their time. Fortunately, my small overnight hotel was right at the airport… literally, across a walkway so after going through Peruvian Customs and Immigration I went up an escalator, walked across the little walkway bridge and checked into my hotel around 2am … I had to be up later that morning at 7am.
I met up with my group in the lobby of the hotel at 8am and we got all our luggage and headed back over to the airport to check in for our flight to Cusco… 11,000 feet above sea level in the heart of the Andes Mountains. There are many flights going up to Cusco every day. Among our luggage we had some other travelers in their own special containers.
Pretty soon we were on board the plane. I did not get a window seat, but people on both sides (one side were French Tourists) (the other side of me were Peruvians) were very kind and snapped a few shots with my little camera from the window. So here are some shots of my first view of the Andes.
LANDED in Cusco!!!! This was our aircraft. I am finding the light here to be very beautiful. Remember, I am just south of the Equator, but not by much and I also very high up.
So we gathered our luggage (great luggage helpers here.. they really know how to stack baggage and I am discovering that traveling with a small group is fun.. I like having other people help with the bags) The airport itself seemed large, but there were so many many people that it felt small. Lots and lots of booths offering tours ! Tourism is a major industry here.
We were met at the airport by both Marta from CTTC (Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco) and Edgar from our tour company. The bus was late to get us. But I really didn’t mind. I was soaking up being in Peru!
And then we were whisked away by a big big van or small small bus… Nilda’s husband had come to get us since our tour bus was late. We arrived at our hotel very quickly. Entering through a very large set of outer doors we found ourselves in a courtyard and there was the hotel’s resident weaver and one of her charges she had brought with her into town.
And so I had arrived in Cusco and I was in a very happy place! We met and had tea in the lounge, then we went to our rooms to wash up and we met downstairs… We couldn’t rest… We had to be off ! Our first trip was to the CTTC… Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. (but, that is for the next post!) 🙂