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Today (12-21-2005) we spent the day in and around Cuzco. It was very hot during the day. We now know better how to deal with the many sellers and street vendors. We went on a short tour to see the Cathedral (unfortunately no photography is allowed inside) and some ruins.
The cathedral has a wonderful architecture and many gold altars. I would have enjoyed it more, had I not known that the stones were stolen by tearing down Inca castles and fortresses and that many Inca had to die for the gold.
The picture above is from Sacsayhuman (the tour guide pronounced it like Sexy Woman). The ruins were overrun by tourists (as seen on the picture). The stones are some of the largest that the Inca fitted with incredible precision. The ruins are part of the head of a puma. The image shows the lower jaw (zig zag shape). The city of Cusco (seen in the background of the image) had the shape of a puma itself with the ruins and the temples being the head and the water pool being the eye.
Our guide was herding us like a bunch of farm animals and rushing us through the ruins. I had a really hard time squeezing out some good photos (sometimes you just have to wait or try different angles). No time for art with this guy. At some smaller ruins we only did a drive by shooting (literally) so we could spend more time with the street vendors whom he let into the bus to yap about their stuff.
Day 3 went pretty smooth, we drove from Arequipa to a little Town in the Colca Valley. The Hotel was very good and on the way we saw lots of Alpacas, Lamas, Vecunas (wild Lamas) and some funny looking rabbits. We arrived during a thunderstorm and in the hotel the lights went out. On our way we crossed a pass of 4900m (approx. 16,000 feet). Amazingly we did not get dizzy.
Today we drove to the condor lookout of the colca canyon. The whole canyon was engulfed in a dense fog. You could barely see 10 feet.
The right picture above shows the fog of the canyon (to the left). The photo was shot just outside the canyon.
We still spotted some Condors here, but they were either flying very high or whizzing past us at incredible speeds.
Today we arrived in Arequipa. The weather over here is overcast but hot. The people are very friendly.
Today I learned 4 important lessons:
So we finally made it. The airport was chaotic. It took nearly an hour to find our travel agent. Now we are at the hotel exhausted. Couldn't find out how to make the darn camera connect to this strange computer so pictures will start tomorrow.
My trip to Peru is booked and confirmed. My website is transferred. I will try a new experiment and try to get to some internet cafes in Peru and write here about my trip. I have to make a couple of final tweaks on this site, so that I can upload Photos from any Place in Peru. Lets see how everything goes.
I finally did it and transfered this site over to a new look.
While I was working towards making the website more appealing I also added a whole bunch of functions that enable my viewers to comment and search for pictures.
You can browse for pictures using the navigation bar or you can search for a specific image using the built in search function.
Naturally I would appreciate some feedback on how this new look and feel is working for you.
You can use the Poll to the right (scroll down) to let me know how you feel about this new site or you can use the feedback form and send me a longer notice (or both).
My Travel Journal and my News have now all been merged into this front page for simplicity.
There will probably be a couple of items that I missed to transfer, which is not surprising considering that I have close to 1500 pictures and a bunch of other things online.
By moving to a content managed system, I now have the opportunity to catch up on a couple of galleries, wallpapers and tutorial that I would like to upload.
Since my trip to Peru is coming up, I don't know how much of it I can achive before then.
At this Point I would like to thank Vernon Mauery on who's software my image galleries are based and the drupal community.