So I searched 'travel', but I didn't come across an existing thread in OT. (inb4wehaveatravelforum!!1!)
I recently went to Peru with my wife. I was going to post some of these in the hiking thread, but since there isn't much hiking going on in these pictures, and we have a thread for everything except travel, I thought I'd start off the OT Travel thread.
Flying over the Andes on our way to Cusco:
Driving from Cusco to Ollantaytambo:
Stopping along the way to see some ruins. These were at about 11K ft above sa level...probably not a good idea to start a trip that high up (got altitude sickness 5 days into the trip).
The entrance into Ollantaytambo. We spend about 4 days here. It was an awesome little town. Good food too! Had delicious Alpaca steak, and some of the best burritos I've ever had here.
view of town from the local ruins:
A little street near our hotel. What was really neat was that it seemed like the foundations of the houses were basically the same as the ruins, except they hadn't been abandoned.
When we arrived at Machu Picchu it was still really foggy. There are a TON of trails/hikes nearby that you never hear about so we went to check some out until the fog burned off. It was a good thing we didn't wake up at 4:00am for the sunrise. We couldn't see 10 feet in front ofus when we arrived at 8am. There is a drop off the side in this picture of a few hundred feet. It was a really neat hike.
The sun finally came out around 12 or so:
We decided to take a hike up the mountain behind where I took the picture above from. We still call it the death hike. It was basically a staircase up a mountain, and combined with the onset of altitude sickness we were just beat to hell by it. The view was great though (and we didn't even go all the way to the top!). That little green clearing is what you also see in the previous picture.
Next we went back to Cusco. Its a neat city. Something like 300K people living over 10,000ft above sea level. Pics haven't been loaded yet, so I'll load some later.
Lastly it was on to Lima. Didn't spend much time there, but did check out the changing of the guard, a mall on an ocean side cliff, and some catacombs. Its a city of 9M people or so, with sidewalks smaller than my neighborhood. It felt a little cramped. The seafood was mind blowing. The ceviche is the best seafood dish I've ever had...and my wife is from Maine.
Changing of the guard is slightly different than in England.
We've begun discussing our next destination. The short list so far is Southeast Asia (Thailand or Vietnam), Iceland, Costa Rica or Argentina.
So where has OT been recently?