katelicte Cusco to Puno drive: all over Peru between the regions of Cusco and Puno (and maybe beyond), people place a pair of ceramic bulls (locals call them toritos) on their rooftops for good luck. Supposedly, the locals were using llamas, but the Spanish changed the decorations to bulls when they arrived. This tradition originated in the town of Pucará! #peru #buenasuerte 2min

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Cusco to Puno drive: typical small Peruvian mountain town scene. This was taken in Pucará. #peru #travelgram #nofilter 10min

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Cusco to Puno drive: common sights in the Peruvian altiplano are small, low brick houses, grazing cows and sheep, insanely fluffy clouds, rolling "hills" (aka mountains bc we were always around 4000m), and not a tree to be found! #peru #travelgram #nofilter 19min

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Mr. J, hanging out at the highest point of travel between Cusco and Puno (4338m aka 14,232ft) with two glaciers in the background. The air was getting thin up there, and the power of the sun was INTENSE! 🌞 #peru #andes #nofilter 28min

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Today we took a tourist bus (Inka Express) from Cusco to Puno, and the bus made several stops at interesting cultural and archaeological spots between the two cities. The second stop wad the temple to the most important Incan god, Wiraqocha, in the Incan city of Raqchi. The large wall in this photo was the central of three walls of the temple, and the bottoms of some of the 22 columns are also visible. The roof would have been thatched straw during Incan times. #peru #travelgram 37min

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte And finally, I know that I usually post a ton of dog photos, but here's one for all of my cat-loving friends out there. This adorable kitty was curled up on top of a (not-in-use...don't worry!) old-fashion stone baking oven. #sacredvalley #peru #cats 24h

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Sacred Valley day trip destination 3: women showing off a work-in-progress on the loom at Chinchero. This is going to be a table runner or a shawl, and it is made from naturally dyed adult alpaca wool processed locally. #sacredvalley #peru 24h

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Sacred Valley day trip destination 3: local herbs, foods, minerals, bugs, etc. used to dye the wool used at Chinchero. #sacredvalley #peru 24h

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Sacred Valley day trip destination 3: high in the mountains above the Sacred Valley in the city of Chinchero, we learned about the art of processing, dying, spinning, and weaving wool (sheep, adult alpaca, and baby alpaca) from local women. Many people in Chinchero claim to be descendants of the last Incas, and they have kept the craft of weaving alive for centuries. The wooly results were gorgeous! #sacredvalley #peru 1d

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Sacred Valley day trip: on top of the world! This is the spectacular view of the city of Urubamba from above with the peak of Montaña San Juan in the background. #vallesagrado #peru 1d

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Sacred Valley day trip destination 2: our fearless guide, Marcos Antonio, was daring us to come closer to the edge of a cliff at Ollantaytambo ...just to pose for photos. I declined! The view was amazing, as long I as stayed near the face of the cliff. #vallesagrado #peru 1d

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Sacred Valley day trip destination 2: and this is the view from the top of Ollantaytambo! The sun temple is directly behind me, and storage buildings for food products are to either side. The city in the foreground is the Incan city of Ollantaytambo, and many of the buildings seen here (actively being used) are original Incan buildings that have been painted, fitted with new plumbing & roofs, etc. The square shapes on the mountain to the left are also storage buildings. Imagine climbing up there with a huge sack of potatoes! #vallesagrado #peru 1d

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Sacred Valley day trip destination 2: terraces, storage buildings, and a sun temple at the Incan city of Ollantaytambo. The sun temple and other parts of this city were never completed, due to the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores. This is the view from the ground, looking up... (The walk almost straight up the mountain in thin air was challenging, but I'm happy to say that @jotazee & I have really started to acclimate to the altitude!) #vallesagrado 1d

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Making friends after lunch. If alpaca-derp is a thing, that is the derpiest alpaca I've ever seen! #peru #vallesagrado 1d

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Driving through the Sacred Valley: solo soccer. I think that I took this photo as we drove through the town of Calca. #vallesagrado #ctperu 1d

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Driving through the Sacred Valley from Pisac to our lunch destination, Urubamba. The scenery and views were stunning! #vallesagrado #ctperu 1d

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Sacred Valley day trip destination 1: the Incan city of Pisac is shown here. There are over 700 farming terraces of various sizes here in the mountains, homes for various levels of members of society, storage buildings, and on the far upper right, opened burial caves that once contained about Incan 3000 mummies are visible. #vallesagrado #ctperu 1d

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte A blurry photo of some married people getting schmoopy over cocktails last night... #latergram 1d

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Me gusta el pisco peruano! #cusco #travelgram 2d

» LOG IN to write comment.

katelicte Peruvian pisco tasting! It paid to be the only (weird tourist?) people at the bar at 3:30pm because we had the house pisco sommelier all to ourselves. The four kinds we tried during our guided tasting were all so different from each other...I was really surprised! We drink Chilean pisco all of the time, but it's really a very different spirit from these piscos. #cusco #travelgram 2d

» LOG IN to write comment.