Family Vacation to Cusco and Machu Picchu

I hope you've enjoyed the Christmas videos I've shared while we've been on our family vacation to Cusco and Machu Picchu and other fun sites in between. I will be sharing more about this trip after Christmas, but here are my favorite highlights:

We started out by flying from Lima to Cusco and checking into a hotel that was two blocks from the main square. Later that afternoon we enjoyed a private tour of the city and nearby ruins, including my favorite, Sacsayhuaman (pronounced a lot like "sexy woman").

We spent two days in Cusco. On the second day we took a private excursion to a little town called, Chincheros, where we were dressed up in native clothing. Our favorite part of the day was touring the salt mines at Maras.

On the third day, we checked out of our hotel. Our next destination was the Sacred Valley. On the way, we stopped at an Awanacancha animal rescue where we saw llamas, alpacas, condors, and other native animals who are being cared for until they can be released into the wild.

We spent two days enjoying the Sacred Valley. We stayed at an impressive luxury resort called the Tambo del Inka.

The following morning, we boarded a train for the village called, Aguas Calientes (Hot Waters), where we hopped aboard a bus that drove us up the switch-back roads, dropping us off at the front entrance to Machu Picchu.

We spent that night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. The next day we hung out for a while before it was time to board our train, which took us to the Poroy station, where we were picked up by our driver and returned to the first hotel in Cusco, for one more night. On our last day in Cusco, we witnessed a peaceful protest which took over the entire main square.

Stay tuned for more pictures and some videos of our amazing trip to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu (after Christmas). We learned a lot about the Andean-Peruvian culture.
Merry Christmas!

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