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Exploring Cusco city and a tour around it surroundings

So our day in Cusco started horribly…, it is SOOO annoying when you wake up with other people making noise! What a huge lack of respect towards other people, Brazilian people having breakfast and being really loud, the people in the next room with an alarm beeping every 10 minutes, during more than one hour. What an awful way to start a day!

Breakfast, not so loud, and then going straight to buy the Cusco Tourist Ticket, buying some souvenirs and another walk through the city center, mostly around Plaza de Armas, and then a very NOT relaxing lunch before the excursion! Damn, we really had to eat fast because we didn’t go earlier to the restaurant…, I think we ate a pasta dish in around 10 minutes, that was bad. But worst was gathering the people who joined that excursion, that was disorganization! Even some people were missing, and waiting some time for the bus, etc…, some waiting time that we could have used for a more relaxing lunch…

The first stop, was still in Cusco, for the three of us was the Museum of the Temple of the Qoricancha while the rest of the group went to Convent of Santo Domingo which we had to pay a fee to get in…, well, we didn’t care that much about churches so we used our free time for the Museum, which was quite interesting!

The second stop (now it will be harder to say if if was the second or the third, but I’ll try to mention all of them) was the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, or how some tourists say (according to the guide), Sexy Woman…, this is probably one of the most important archeological site for the Peruvians, its history is amazing and shocking, imagine what the conquerors didn’t do there… Despite the high altitude, 3701 meters, I am still in shape to run, due the limited time we had to enjoy the place, and visit the other side of the archeological site! The same I can’t say about my fellow travelers, cof cof… Age is catching up with them! And then…, the first of many choclos…, no more corn…, please…, the put corn in everything, apparently they have around 500 different species of corn just in the Sacred Valley…

View of Tambomachay Ruins
View of Tambomachay Ruins

The stop after that was Tambomachay (the order of my photos is helping to find which were the stops), again we didn’t spend that much time there. We heard an explanation about the place, at least the guide was really fun and clear with his explanations, but we didn’t have enough time to enjoy none of the places where we have been.

Then another short stop in Puca Pucara, the Red Fort. We had ticket for this place, but no one was there to control it…

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After Puca Pucara, the stop before the last one, Qenko. This place was quite interesting, if I am not mistaken, there are several theories about that place, one as a mortuary place and another one as a surgery room. Apparently, the Incas were quite advanced regarding curative technology. This room is placed under a massive rock, with a path in S through that same rock. We went there already at nightfall, therefore the light wasn’t the best and the place at that time seems quite scary.

And after that, we went to a Alpaca factory,  obviously the main intent was to sell, but there we learn how to differentiate between Alpaca, Alpaca baby and synthetic fiber. The best part was when we left the place, where a kid was selling postcards… with our photo!!! The guy took a photo of us at the first stop, still in Cusco, and he tries to sell us a postcard at the last stop! Damn, they really try to sell everything!

Exploring Cusco city and a tour around it surroundings
Exploring Cusco city and a tour around it surroundings

Then back to Cusco, time for dinner at a pizzeria (very traditional…) where we ate Ceviche! This is very traditional, and can be really delicious! The best ones I had it was next to the beach, but that’s a story for another post! At that restaurant, the best was definitely the dessert! Oh gosh, we really considered going there again just for the dessert! Was really good! After an amazing ending, back to the hostel and sleep, a bit later than the two days before…, at 10pm…


By Gil Sousa

Portuguese expat in Cork, traveler and food enthusiastic.

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