LIMA – We visited Pueblo Libre in Lima. We explored Pre-Columbian art at Museo Larco.
They had iPhones, right?
For some exhibits – it’s all about the bling.
Outside, more works of art by nature.
Another exhibition room highlighted Pre-Columbian erotic art.
Breastfeeding icons were tame compared to other works in this exhibit.
Also, I think the ladies behind the “Free the Nipple” campaign would protest having these icons categorized as “erotic” art.
CUSCO, PERU – Checking off my traveler’s bucket list: Visiting the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu.
It’s a challenging trip to do it without a tour company. But it’s doable. We had complete freedom over where we went and how long we lingered over the ruins.
Machu Picchu also left us breathless. Climbing stone stairs gave us one heck of a cardio workout. At 7,900 feet, the site is lower than Cusco. That means it was easier for us to breathe at Machu Picchu.
CUSCO, PERU – Travel buddies reunited! We hopped on a short flight to the Inca capital of Cusco.
Selfie on LAN Airlines!
A little bit of drama at Cusco’s airport. We couldn’t find our taxi driver from the hotel. Other drivers smelled an opportunity. Thanks to an Internet cafe inside the airport, we managed tracked down our driver.
Del Prado Inn is next to this beautiful square: Plaza de Armas.
Hotel workers offered us coca tea. It helped me deal with the elevation change. At 11,150 feet, my head ached and it felt like my body was floating.
A coca sour also helped. Pisco-infused with coca leaves. I had my first one at Limo. The kitchen offered complimentary fries and sauces with our drinks. I also fell in love with that green mint sauce. It reminded me of an Indian mint chimchurri.
Finally, I fell for a tourist trap. I cooed at the baby llama. The llama mamas urged me to hold her. Mark snapped some photos. Then we had to pay the llama mamas. It started with a sole. Then they asked for five. Mark dragged me away before they raised the photo op price one more time.