Realm of the Incas & Land of the Warm-Valley People

Wednesday — April 1

When I started to read Peter Frost’s guidebook, Exploring Cusco, I already knew that the language spoken by the Incas was Quechua. What I didn’t know was that the word Inca is a Quechua term that applies to the ruling emperor of the ancient civilization and not really to the people of the land. So, while we will be visiting the "Realm of the Incas" during the next two weeks, we will also be visiting the land of the Quechuas — the modern day name applied to the native people who speak the language. In its plural form, Quechua means “Warm-Valley People” — hence, the title of my blog entry.

Perú has long been on our "must-visit list." Tomorrow’s flights — Washington DC / Atlanta / Lima — will finally get us to Perú.

Day one of our trip will end in Lima, Perú.

After a good night’s sleep in Lima (cross your fingers), we will continue our journey to the city of Cusco, from where we will launch our explorations into Andean Perú.

Using Cusco as a base, we will explore the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu before we move on to Lake Titicaca.

A closer look at the Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu portion of our itinerary.


  • April 2: Travel from Washington DC to Lima (via Atlanta)
  • April 3-6: Cusco
  • April 7-9: Sacred Valley
  • April 9-13: Machu Picchu
  • April 13: Cusco
  • April 14-16: Lake Titicaca
  • April 16-17: Lima
  • April 18: Return to the US

So, off we go tomorrow!

Footnote: the information about Quechuas meaning “warm-valley people” comes from the Victor W. Von Hagen book, Realm of the Incas.

Next Up: Travel Day — Leg One to Atlanta


  1. Looks like a GREAT itinerary. Can't wait to see the pictures. Bon Voyage!

  2. Drop crumbs along the way to mark your path, for this hungry bird with clipped wings will be relishing every tiny morsel.

  3. I've done it in 1997, but I've also spent a few days at the Amazon, in Manu. What a fabulous journey it was.