After 2 days in Iquitos, we flew to Cusco.
THE LAND OF MY FAVORITE MOVIE!
“The Emperor’s New Groove”
If you watched this when you were little I dare you to go watch it again.Â
I literally laugh out loud at it.
Cusco was beautiful though. It was like if Italy and Colorado had a baby. I loved it.
However I did not love the altitude. 11,000 feet is no joke. I cannot believe I debated taking the altitude medicine. If you ever go, TAKE THE ALTITUDE MEDS. Even with the medicine we were getting sick, and when the medicine ran out, we were dropping like flies. It probably didn’t help half of us were from a state practically below sea level. Take the altitude medicine. Don’t question it.
After a lovely lunch in Cusco at one of these places with blue doors and windows, we hopped on the bus and made the hour and a half drive to our hotel. The drive was absolutely stunning. It was a place that made you want to burst out singing “The hills are alive with the sound of music da da da daaaaa!”
We made it to our hotel as the sun was setting and I think everyone began to panic a little, because it was FREEZING. We went from sweating in our shorts and t-shirts in Iquitos to putting on every single layer we had.
The next morning we bundled up and headed out to see the Incan ruins… one being…
Honestly, I still can’t believe we got to see it.
After seeing one of the ruins we hopped on the train. Several card games later and we were there.
After riding the bus up the mountain to see Machu Picchu, we decided to walk back down to the town. We were accompanied down by a pack of fighting wild dogs so that was fun.
(Shout-out to Teva for having the best shoes by the way! Their boots were perfect for the hike and I wore my sandals every day in Peru and Hawaii. 10/10. I’ll tag them both at the bottom.)
Our second day in Cusco we got to go to a youth leader rally where Willie was leading worship! Y’all it was incredible and he was incredible. Even without being able to understand the songs since they were in Spanish, his songs are so extremely catchy. Seriously check him out here. Especially if you are Spanish speaking…such a treat for you! Sadie spoke as well and did a great job!
After the youth rally we got to go to the best market! I’e been to other markets around the world, but I’ve never seen one with as many colors and designs as this place. John Luke and I got a rug for our house and I got a picture of the sweet lady who hand made it! Also check out the little kiddos and their lambs. They sang “Cheeee Che Che Che cheeee Che Che Che” and it was stuck in my head for the longest time haha.
Cusco, you were a place I will never forget. Thanks for the kind people and the memories I’ll hold onto for a lifetime.
(they no longer sale the exact sandals I have, but these look similar!)