December 28, 2011

Cusco, Peru | Day 1 | Travel Photography

The ancient capital of the Incan Empire, Cusco. We noticed right away that this place was completely different than LIMA. It is an old city, with original streets barely wide enough for one car, let alone tourists. The sidewalks were sometimes as little as 12 inches wide. Cusco definitely left an impression on us, as it is a beautiful city full of tradition, stunning historic architecture, friendly locals, and amazing food!

We arrived too soon to check into our hotel, so we explored the surrounding San Blas district for a bit. At this altitude, you don't know how your body will respond with the reduced oxygen level. We noticed right away the shortness of breath, and Tessa was very close to passing out on the street! Back at the hotel, we had our first cups of Coca Tea to alleviate altitude sickness symptoms, and checked into our room overlooking the city which was awesome. After catching our breath we had the best meal of our Peru trip at Pachapapa. Unbelievably good...just check out the photos below! Later, we confirmed our Inca Trail trip at the Peru treks office, and explored more around the Plaza de Armas. Dinner was late, and we ended our first evening with some Coca Tea at the hotel. Check back next week for day 2 in Cusco which included a trip to the famous Pisac marketplace & ruins. Happy New Year!

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20 comments:

Fotograf ślubny Lublin said...

Fantastic travel:)

annabelle said...

Gorgeous vacation photos! I'm so envious! :D

Adam Houseman said...

Amazing collection of images. Looks like a really amazing trip. Thanks for sharing your vision. Love the way you are seeing things.

Caroline said...

Very VERY neat. After seeing these I will say I did develop a bit of jealousy. Great travel photos.

Brian Kraft said...

Awesome! Many great shots of your adventures!

John P said...

Those buildings are crazy cool - nice trip and thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Oh my the colours are so vibrant! Great compostion.

Tracy Morter said...

Oh my the colours are so vibrant! Great compostion.

jen said...

These are beautiful! Love the people shots - especially the little boy and the shopkeeper.

Matt said...

Insane work mate, thanks for sharing! I really need to travel more, it's posts like this one that inspire me where to go next!

Heather said...

Looks like a LOT of fun! I am jealous!

Nessa K said...

I would like to have your eyeballs so I could've seen all of this wonderfulness for myself. But living vicariously through your photos works, too. :)

Tenielle said...

I'm so desperate to explore that country and these frames have made me want it even more.

Alex - London Wedding Photographer said...

Interesting use of colour!

brett maxwell said...

Wow man, you have a great eye for travel photography. Did you use your normal pro kit or do you have a compact you use?

Derek said...

Beautiful trip! Love how vibrant and how much pop your images have.

Michigan Wedding Photographer said...

Your blue skies are crazy blue! Are you using an ND filter, are you Photoshoping? What is your secret! Thanks. Great work.

Anonymous said...

If you don't mind me asking, what hostel is that and what area is it in? Such a lovely view!

Blake Burton Photography said...

@Anonymous - It was a hotel, The Casa Andina Cusco San Blas. Really great place in the San Blas district.

Mike Williams said...

Great pictures. I really loved those beautiful captures. Cusco is an awesome place. I loved it most. Thanks for sharing this useful post.I appreciate your thoughts.
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Hotel in Cusco