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Saqsaywaman Ruins outside CuscoSaqsaywaman Ruins outside Cusco (Teresa Van Haalen)
We enjoyed a brief orientation at our Cusco hotel with our guide, Teddy. We'd had a long journey from Quito to Lima, and we were thankful for the mate tea, the opportunity to unwind, and to rest for a day of hiking tomorrow.

Cusco is one of the most picturesque cities I have ever visited. The architecture is all colonial Spanish (frequently built on the remains of Inca rockwork), and the city is lively, with well-maintained walkways, gorgeous night lighting, and friendly locals.

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