Saturday, December 26, 2009

12-19-09 Trip from Cusco to Urubamba

When we first arrived to Cusco, we were met at the airport by Javier Since and he took us to the Sacred Valley and the town of Urubamba. Notice the city of Cusco and the numerous houses built up on the hillside. Double click on the picture and see the long stairs that goes up the hill.

The beautiful Sacred Valley. From November to March is the rainy season and everything is beautifully green

We stayed at the Recoleta Hotel in Urubamba

It was beautiful and a nice room

A view of Urubamba looking down on the city.

We left Cusco and headed to Urubamba. These are pictures of the city where we have a branch and two elders working here.

Pictures don't do justice to the beauty of the country side.

These are pictures of some of the streets and the people

Moto taxi that we caught from hotel to down town and town square.
We went from our hotel to the town square.
While sitting on a bench at the town square we saw this funeral procession going by.

While we were down town in Urubamba we went to this open air market. Notice the pile of different colors of peppers

Sacks loaded with beans, lentils, rice etc.

Our hotel was once part of a monestary. They adjoin one another. These statues are inside the church

The entry way into the church

Notice the rockway floor.

This depicts the beliefs of the Peruvian people. In the Provinces most of the houses has the two oxen up on the roof signifying that the couple are equally yoked or pulling their weight equally to raise their family. Also on his left sholder he is wearing a pouch like the old pony express pouch that the rider would have on his horse. In the front the husband would carry the burdens of his family and in the back the community. It being braided and knotted at the top as the strenght of the husband and wife for family and community.
While we were in Ollantaytambo we stopped at this shop and bought 16 dolls for our granddaughters. We actually went to Ollantaytambo to see the ruins and eat at a favorite restaurant of the Tylers. Unfortunatly
it got dark to see the ruins and the restaurant was closed. But we did have a good meal at another across and down the street.


Inka Shops

Inka Shops
There are hundreds and hundreds of little vendors selling their wares from clothing, dolls, purses, jewelry etc. We didn't buy anything but got a good idea of some of the things that they have.


One of many highways in Lima. This is Avenida Arequipa that runs north and south. Maybe 9-10 blocks from our apartment. During rush hour this road will be packed.


Another highway running thru Lima.

Tall buildings

Tall buildings
This is a look of San Isidro where we live and the mission office.

Miraflores from the air

Miraflores from the air
On our P-day we went to Miraflores and ate at a fantastic restaurant just above the cliff. The tall building in the background is the Marriott hotel. The name of the restaurant was Mangos. It was buffet.

Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean
Looking down about 500-600 feet from the Mangos restaurant to the ocean