Cusco and beyond, Perú

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Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and is now a base for tourists flocking to Machu Picchu.

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It’s got great food – this a bakery. But the alpaca and especially the fish were amazing.

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On top of that, there are numerous closer ruins such as this.

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Just a church.

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Or this.

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The town itself was likewise decent, even though someone did steal money from me. Their city flag is the rainbow flag.

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I was fine with the altitude, but of course had to try the local coca tea. Cocaine can be made from the leaves and thus it’s illegal in many countries.

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This was the town down the hill from Machu Picchu (now with the same name), used to be called Aguascalientes. I quite enjoyed my time there, even though things were costlier.

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Salty.

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It was almost independence day, so there were like 100 Peruvian flags in anticipation of the first Oxford-educated head of state or government to take power in the country.

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The temperature’s different down there.

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Inca irrigation system.

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Classic Inca big rocks.

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The town down from a temple on the hill.

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