A soaring bird over Cordillera Vilcabamba mountains in Cusco, Peru. The bird is a bit difficult to see against the snowy background, but it is a condor, and it is has the best view of the beautiful Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage city, below.
Cusco is where the Vista Dome train departs for Machu Picchu. Dora took this train and writes about the special tea people drink to avoid altitude sickness, mate de coca. It is made from coca leaves, and Dora says it tastes awful. However, altitude sickness is much worse. Dora experienced it first hand and the feeling that her lungs would burst. It is amazing what we will put ourselves through to experience those things that we dream about.