Cuzco

Lima might be the capital of Peru, but Cuzco felt like the central heart of the country. Maybe it is because this was the center of the Inca civilization, or maybe it’s because all tourist roads seem to lead here, but coming to Cuzco soon felt like coming home as I used it as a jumping off point to explore the many areas outside of the city. ┬áTo read my blog about Cuzco, go here.

The Ancient Inca city of Cuzco now boasts Spanish roofs and lovely tread boulevards. (2012) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson

A traditionally clad senior poses with her young llama in Cuzco. Each village has its own style of hat. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson

The jagged walls of Sacsaywaman sit above Cuzco as a reminder of the Incan civilization that was. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson

Early morning at the ruined Inca citadel of Sacsaywaman. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson

Women still wear traditional clothing in Cuzco. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson

The sway of fringe on a dancer. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson

A young parade participant. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson

A flower vendor walks the narrow streets of the older parts of the city. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson.

A slower way of life prevails in much of Cusco. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson

An old fashioned door lock in Cusco side street. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson

Flower seller outside the central market. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson

At Easter the blackened figure of Christ goes on procession around the city. Be careful. The crush of people can tear you along with them. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson

The fountain of the central square always attracts the local people on holidays. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson

The great Spanish Cathedral at the Plaza des Armas, Central Cuzco. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson

Peruvian dancer at an Easter Parade. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson.

In the Central Market of Cuzco are all the shaman needs for his/her work. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson