Feb 24, 2014
A hot second in Cusco
Though I sure wish it were longer than that. At the end of my South America trip, I had a wee bit of time to explore Cusco. The first thing I noticed was how I couldn't walk up the slightest hill or walk my normal NYC-pace without gasping for breath (I mean, I know I'm out of shape but this was crazy). The elevation is around 11000 feet (3400 m), and I imagine I'd have a hard time adjusting were I able to stay longer. The second thing I noticed was how many classic old-style Volkswagen Beetles there were, and the third, just how charming every alleyway I looked down was. I would have loved to get a longer taste of Cusco, but I was happy to walk around, armed only with my iPhone camera to capture just a few of the sights that inspired me. It's pretty amazing to think about just how old some of those buildings are.