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I discovered that I will have access to internet for the next few days at the very least and possibly for the majority of the rest of the trip, so I will try to write updates as much as possible.
We departed from JFK airport in New York City at about midnight last night. Since there is only a one hour time difference in Peru (because they don’t do daylight savings time here), we arrived at about 6:30 AM local time. We then had to go through customs, which was actually very quick. We had to catch another flight to Cusco, so we had to get our baggage, check in again and recheck our baggage, and then had a bit of free time in the airport. Our flight to Cusco was supposed to depart at about 9:10, but was a bit late. We arrived in Cusco at about 11:00, retrieved our baggage, then met up with Yure, our guide while we are in Cusco. We are staying at his house for the next few days. The rooms are really nice, with private bathrooms. None of us got much sleep last night on the plane, so we had a nap period for about an hour or so, and then were served a really nice, light lunch of chicken, potatos, and vegetables, with chocolate pudding for dessert.
I got some pictures out the plane window as we approached the Cusco airport. The area around here is so gorgeous!