2010/03/13

Some history about our new home

If you've been following this blog, then you know that Tommy and I decided to move to Cusco. We took these pics from the plane when we were not far from our destination.


Cusco is a city in Southeastern Peru with an altitude of around 3,400 m (11,200 ft). It can be hard on some people due to altitude sickness, but with the proper rest and precautions everything is fine.

Cusco is the historic capital of the Inca Empire and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO.



Some historians say that the name Cusco is derived from the Quechua phrase, qusqu wanka, meaning "rock of the owl". Isn't that awesome? More bird related stuff about our new hometown!

I got a new job and will start next week, and Tommy has a few projects that I believe will work out just fine.

We are meeting new people every day, and so far they have been great! They helped us so much these past few weeks. We are also finding information about nearby birding spots and saw a couple of new birds within the city, a hummingbird and what we believe is some kind of thrush (id pending)

It won't be easy, but it won't be boring either.

11 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

More pics please!

P. Ollig said...

If you two haven't done it yet, you should take a taxi out to the Tambomachay ruins and make the 6km walk back to Cusco stopping at all of the archeological sites along the way and ending at Sacsayhuaman. We saw lots of cool birds along the road, including some cincloides, a few hummers, several woodpeckers and flower-piercers. Oh, we also saw a Puna Ibis in a pond along the way, too.

Have fun in your new home! Aside from the very pushy street vendors, Cusco was one of our favorite spots in Peru!

Simon Taylor said...

agreed with Monkey there Mel - More pictures please. Awesome scenery

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Yes- more pictures! I'm glad youa nd Tommy are settling in and that things seem to be going well.

S.C.E. said...

Wow, 3400 metres! That's about as high as the highest point in Japan.........

Mary said...

Sweet Mel,

It's so nice to hear from you! I'm happy you and Tommy are traveling and enjoying the views... They're beautiful.

Keep Smiling, Mel!

Hugs,
Mary

Sekhar said...

Seem's like a very cold place with those snow-capped mountains Mel. Anyway good luck at the new home.
Been missing ur blog for some time now. Completely immersed at work place :(

shirl said...

Hi there, Mel! What stunning views of the mountains. Thanks so much for sharing them. Sounds like your adventure has started off well with everyone being so friendly :-D

I remember seeing a television programme a number of years ago about an Inca city that had just been discovered. It looked absolutely fascinating and I thought it would be fantastic to see it. I don’t do heat too well though. So, I gave a huge smile when I read you were going to this area!

Looking forward to following your adventure and to seeing lots and lots of photos… please :-D

Meggie said...

A new home! Oh, Mel, how exciting!! I hope you and Tommy settle in quickly and enjoy your new residence. Keep us posted and take more photos.

RuthieJ said...

WOW!! Quite a change in scenery from Lima! I look forward to hearing more about your adventures there and wish you and Tommy all the best for this next step in your life together.

Mel said...

Hola a todos :)

Will try to keep you posted!