The Team

Susan Carder
Mary Ann Foster
Chandra Kudsia
Dev Kudsia
Rajeev Kudsia
Peter Troop
Kathy Yates

Trek Leader
Sanjay Saxena

Peruvian Guides
Guido Huaman
Lixayda Vasquez


Featuring the Mountain Lodges of Peru
October 25 to November 7, 2013

Greetings from the trekking group to Peru.

Monday, October 28th EXPLORING CUSCO (11,050 ft)

Tour Schedule: Today we spend time to explore in depth the magical city that is Cusco, the beautiful old capital city of the ancient Inca culture and seat of the mighty Inca Empire from the 13th to the 16th Century, when the invading Spanish armies of Francisco Pizarro destroyed the Inca in a series of conflicts. Today, the city bears traces of both the Inca and Spanish colonial cultures. While Spain succeeded in defeating the Inca armies and ending the Inca as an Imperial force in South America, Cusco today retains a very strong Inca flavor, as can be seen in its very proud people. Cusco natives still maintain their “native” language, Quechua, as a vital element of the old ways. Local dress and customs continue to keep the Inca culture alive; indeed, certain aspects of Inca culture, as well as some architectural sites, evidence a blending of traditions.

As we walk the wonderful winding streets of old Cusco, we will see old Inca stone walls sitting side by side with the lovely balconied terraces of the Spanish colonial architecture, which is very distinctive in this part of South America. We will walk the Plaza de Armas, explore the Cusco Cathedral, which includes some terrific historic artifacts and a vast quantity of gold, and see the Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Virgins of the Sun, which contain some of the best examples of ancient Incan architecture.

Mary Ann & Susan: streets of Cusco

Birds-eye view of Cusco City

Guido explaining Inka architecture to the group

Rajeev and Dev by Inka walls (the walls were 23 ft high)