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Hola friends, family and loved ones,
The team woke up early to see the sights of Cusco and the surrounding area. Cusco, known as the “Navel of the Universe” by the Inca, is home to some fascinating pre-Columbian ruins. Today we visited three of the major sights and also had some time to watch a really interesting demonstration by some master weavers, who use local plants and insects as the source of their fabric dyes.
And, of course, some shopping and visiting with more furry friends.
We were all left blown away by the architectural and engineering feats of the Incas and are eager to continue to learn more about them as we trek the Inca Trail. At the end of another jam packed day, everyone is feeling good and acclimatizing well.
Thanks for following the TAPS Expedition,
Carole & Vern
The summit of Chopicalqui
Alpine Ascents climbers on Chopicalqui
Jonathan on top of Chopicalqui
Kat at the summit of Chopicalqui
Rapelling a steep section
Alpine Ascents rope teams about to get to the summit of Pisco Oeste
The two pyramids in the middle of the picture are Alpamayo and Huascaran pboto taken from the summit of Pisco Oeste
the rope team descending from the summit of Pisco with the two Huascarans in the background
The Huandoys as seen at sunrise from high on Pisco. Peru-Cordillera Blanca
The team has just returned to Andino Hotel in Huaraz after spending some days in the beautiful Peruvian mountains. They summited Urus Este (17,782ft / 5,420m) and Ishinca (18,138ft / 5,530m). They told us that the views of the surrounding mountains were fantastic! Big congrats to Lacy, Kat, Sandra, Jonathan and Dennis!
They are having a rest day at lower elevation today and tomorrow, they will head towards Pisco Oeste and Chopicalqui.
The team is doing well and send their love to family and friends.
Enjoy the pictures of their climbs! More soon!
The Peru Team on the summit of Ishinca
Alpine Ascents rope teams on the Ishinca glacier with Ranrapalca in the background
Alpine Ascents rope team advancing towards the Ishinca summit
AAI climbers nearing the summit of Ishinca. Cordillera Blanca Peru
Tocllaraju and Palcaraju from the Ishinca summit
Palcaraju from Ishinca
The Ishinca Hut staff with the cake that they prepared for us
The rocky summit of Urus Este
Climbers traversing on the Urus glacier
Kat climbing Urus