As you know, I loved my trip, and did not want to return! I feel very privileged to have been able to go to these non-tourist stops, like the woman’s home in Ollantaytambo, where she lived the way the Incas had.
Your friend Aida and her husband were wonderful, and what a fine artist he is! Awanakancha was fun, and we got some great photos of the animals.
The weaving in their store was so intricate and beautiful. I would have loved to have been able to buy one of the wall hangings, which really were masterpieces. I had not expected such intricate designs!
The ruins, of course, were magnificent, and came alive with Carlos’ discussions of them. Needless to say, Machu Picchu was fantastic! We were there for the sunrise, and to watch as he light spread across the mountains, and the ruins. It was a great time for photos. The weather was perfect that day, and there were a few fluffy clouds over the distant glacier covered mountains. It’s astounding to think how the Incas built those stone buildings and terraces. I want to know more about them, and their culture and religious beliefs and practices. InkaTerra was wonderful, and I would like to have had another night there, with time to explore more. We did go on a nature hike that afternoon that Carlos had signed us up for.
The Maras Salt Mines were fascinating, too. Many great photos from there.
Our visit to your special community was a definite highlight. I really enjoyed participating in the entire weaving process, and to spend that time with these wonderful people. Their weavings were intricate and beautiful with their natural dyes. I love the long runner I bought with the animals long the edges.
Cusco was also very interesting. The morning trips to the sacred ruins, and the churches were amazing. In the afternoon, I went to the Inca Museum, which was very informative. There was one room with mummies in their wraps or jugs; very intriguing. Then as I walked back to my hotel, I discovered that there were a large number of folkloric groups performing in the Plaza Des Armas! I ran back to the hotel for my camera, and got a number of good shots. That evening turned out to be another highlight.
I so enjoyed meeting both of you. What a wonderful tour company you have, and what a great way to spend your time, and to make your living. I can’t believe that I’ve already been home for a week, and back to work!
Thanks again for everything!