Kate Rice and her two daughters, ages 17 and 10, are on an Adventures by Disney trip to Peru and Machu Picchu. She writes from Lima:
We started in the capitol city, where we admired the pageantry of the changing of the guard in front of the government palace. We also admired the bright colonial colors of buildings that the Spaniards and subsequent generations used to offset the fact that for much of the year Lima's skies, in conquistador Francisco Pizarro's words, are grey "like a donkey's belly." Moorish touches, such as ornate balconies, abound.
It's a friendly and gracious city, as illustrated by the fact that police in riot gear invite visitors to pose with them!
Traffic is horrendous (8.5 million people, no subway because Lima is in an earthquake zone), but, fortunately, cabs are pretty cheap.
Then it was off to Cusco, an hour's flight over the Andes. This city of 500,000 is gateway not just to Machu Picchu but to Lake Titicaca and the Amazon.
Outside Cusco, we visited a traditional weaving center -- textile prowess could be more important to a family's economic success than land or animals. And each piece is highly personalized, reflecting the events of the weaver's life at the moment.
The scenery is stupendous. We stopped for a photo op, and my daughters posed with a new friend from our Adventures by Disney group; at dinner that night, another member of our tour believes that all three of them are sisters.