Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Don't judge us. We're tourists.

We were really excited about the swanky hotel the airline put us up in for our last night in Cusco.

My cheese empanada.

So...we had to make a few pitstops at the store to buy Coke and some delicious chocolate cookies that you definitely can't find in the U.S. Still miss those cookies.


Our friend Julie who lives in Lima introduced us to this Peruvian artist who makes gorgeous colored wood figurines in her home. They are sold around the country, but we got to meet her and see where she makes them, then buy figurines at less than half the cost they are in boutiques! 

We basically bought one of everything. 

We also got to stop by the Lima temple, which was beautiful.

We ate lunch in the temple cafeteria. Everything was delicious except this weird jello-dessert thing. That face is genuine - didn't know my sister was taking the picture.

Here I am asking for directions, pretending like I speak Spanish. I was a pretty good faker.

The ocean!

And...more shopping. We shopped. A lot.

I actually really wish I had bought this hat. Especially considering how cold it's been here lately...

Water was a hot commodity!

More random Machu Picchu pictures...

Another theme of the trip - being dead tired. I love my mom.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Aguas Calientes, Ollantaytambo, and Inti Raymi

The following pictures are basically a random conglomeration of the last days of our trip. We were lucky enough to visit during the Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi), a big Incan ceremony in Cusco to celebrate the sod "Inti," or the sun god. The city was packed, full of young dancers, food vendors, peddlers, beggars, and tourists. I'm so glad we got to see all the performances!

Don't even suggest that this is gay pride - the Incan rainbow flag came around long before... :)

One of the best pictures of the trip - the airline offered us a night in a nice hotel if we'd delay our flight from Cusco to Lima. I was SO excited.

Obviously my sisters really love me.

Oh, baby lambs. These little girls bled me (aka my dad) dry for coins.

The family at the Inti Raymi celebration in Sacsaywaman. Front row, baby! I forced them all to wear the hats.

Throughout the whole city there are original Incan walls, fit perfectly together, despite strange shapes and designs. It was incredible!

More pics to come, whether you want them or not.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Machu Picchu (Part 2)

These pictures are in no particular order...but I think that our faces and the beauty of the scenery speak well enough for themselves. I wish I could post every single one, considering how even the bad pictures somehow turned out to be beautiful. Lucky for you I restrained myself. Enjoy! And put Peru on your list!

Our awesome Peruvian guides, Kayla, Miguel, and Edwin.

This might be the best picture of my Dad ever.

It's all downhill from here - although we had another week in Peru to go after this, Machu Picchu was definitely the highlight. 

Nevertheless, I WILL be posting pictures of my sisters' "inventive" outfit choices for the rest of the trip. Let's just say there wasn't an opportunity to do laundry...