Cusco

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next morning we took the Andean Explorer on a 10.5 hour trip from Puno to Cusco ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Quite comfy chairs in there, food and drinks provided ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So we had this nice table for two (including a red rose on the table) and the train started ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... rumbling along the tracks ... here a last look on our hotel Libertador in Puno where we stayed the last two nights ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). The train literally drove through markets ... here a "hardware store" with screws and nuts ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). As before by car, long tracks to follow through the Andes ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Last wagon was a panorama wagon with a bar ... so you could look outside and take photos ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... like this one here ... speed was "gemütlich", i. e. we guess the maximum speed was around 50 km/h ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Between Puno and the pass, a local band played traditional music, really good, all in the bar and panorama carriage ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Cynthia couldn't resist when asked to get up and dance with the group ... so Thomas tried to hide his embarassement behind the camera ;-))) ... just kidding!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). More shots from the train ... here entering a village ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and moving slowly up to the pass ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We stopped at the "La Raya" pass at 4.319 metres and saw this little kid at one of the stands ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). The band from Puno left the train and another band from Cusco came in ... here Cynthia at the pass ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Probably one of the best pictures of that trip: the little boy waving at the train wondering where it might go to and how the world looks like there ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). For the train lovers: an old turntable from the steam engine times ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). During the 10+ hours we also had lessons of how to make a pisco sour, the national drink of Peru ... we kept the recipe and bought a bottle of original Peruvian Pisco ... so we will try it in Germany!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Well the Cusco band got Cynthia off her seat too ... ;-))
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Finally we arrived at our hotel Belmond Monasterio in Cusco ... as the name says, an old monastry, absolutely gorgeous!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We had nice tapas platter that night at the hotel bar including the welcome drink, a - you guess - pisco sour ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). First stop next morning was the archeological site "Saqsayhuaman"(no, I didn't fall asleep on the keyboard, it's actually the name), an amazing witness of old ancient cultures ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Old watering systems still in place ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... seats carved into the stone, for religious purposes and for watching the sun and the stars ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). This was not destroyed by the Spanish, as they didn't realise the frog carved out ... Below a panoramic view of the site ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here we are with our fantastic tour guide Luz ... see the precision of the stone carving and placing in the back ... Below a panoramic of Cusco city from there ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Back in the city we saw this scene ... this woman indead has a head, but she tried to cover herself from the sun ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Original walls from ancient times all over the city ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We visited the amazing "Qorikancha", the "convento de Santo Domingo del Cusco" ... an amazing building, an extension based on thousand year old Inca temples ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Well our tour guide Luz didn't want to be photographed ;-)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here the outside of the building ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... watering systems again, here feeding a bath ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Finally we had lunch with Luz at the Plaza de Armas ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and here a view onto this Plaza de Armas from our lunch place ... the HUGE cathedral in the background. We visited that cathedral and to summarise it: it's basically 10 churches in one ... and owned by the Vatican. Massive gold and silver and when you see the state of the country in some areas you just wonder ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). That night we were in the chapel of the hotel, the old monastery ... "alone" ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... we thought there were other people as well, but only the two of us and the tour guide had an exclusive presentation of ancient musical instruments.
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Highly interesting what sounds came out of mussels and flutes thousands of years old ... this was our farewell photo that night, before ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... we went for dinner to have the traditional dinner "cuy" in Peru ... roasted guinea pig. Took six hours, had to be preordered. Unfortunately there was hardly any meat, the few bits and pieces we got out of it were alright ... but let's file it under the chapter "been there done that" ...