So you know the saying, “all roads lead to Rome”?  When it comes to South America, you could easily claim that “all roads lead to Cusco”.   The Incas developed a vast empire, from Ecuador, to Chile, Argentina and beyond.  Their intricate system of roadways, rest stops, temples, aqueducts and villages is truly incredible.  In the immediate vicinity of Cusco we had the opportunity to visit a number of archaeological sites.  One of my favourites (and the largest by far) is the site of Sacsayhuaman, originally built by the pre-Incas as a hilltop fortress, and then added to and refined by the Incas.  Most people remember the name of this site because it sounds almost exactly like Sexy Woman.  Whatever works!

This site was also a showpiece of some serious Inca ingenuity.  Check out the size of these boulders!  Also, on the largest boulder in the center of the picture, notice the number of angles, and the precision of the fit.  Those Incas were amazing, I tell you!

Here’s a good spot to introduce my fellow travelling companions.  From top left is Ruben, from the Netherlands, Matt from the UK, Mike, Nick from Ottawa, Robin and Chris from London, Ontario, Noreen from Ireland, Myself, and Nadia from South Africa.  Oh, and the dog is Tarzan.  A very sweet street dog I picked up en route.  We were so lucky to be on a trip with such fantastic, fun, and interesting people!

Also at this site I was stopped by a Peruvian school group wanting to take photos with me.  Seriously?  Yep.   This was a group of teenagers from the Northern part of the country and as part of their education they visited many historical sites around Peru.  I guess they hadn’t seen too many foreigners, because my pale skin, short haircut and funny clothing were quite interesting (apparently)!   As their teacher explained to me, it would also give them practice using english formalities, like “hello”, and “thank you”.  It was kinda strange, but I felt privileged to be a small part the memories of these kids.

This lady was posing outside another site, and for a mere 1 nuevo sol (about 33 cents, USD), you could take a picture with her and her alpaca.  Score!