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Back in Cusco for a few days now, before heading to Arequipa via Puno.
This time round we're staying at Hostal Pascana (PEN110), a place we wandered past last time we were here.
Been visiting the odd museum; some great, like the Regional Historic Museum; some rubbish, like the Museum of the Site of Qoricancha.
Had a Pisco tasting the …
... with roasted Guinea Pig.....yummy
Our buffet lunch was tailored for "gringos", salads, chicken, pasta etc, etc. we missed an opportunity to try some local dishes.
After lunch another 30 minutes on the road we arrived in Ollantaytambo village, getting into town was slow as there is only one lane 2-way access road. After going through the main square and a bridge the bus dropped us at the impressive Ollantaytambo ...
... but the bus seemed to crawl. We did have our first experience of bus food. Along the way the bus picked up three or four ladies who we've hot and cold food. They climb on board with their bags and their blankets containing a gigantic well wrapped pot. The first was potato with a sort of Yorkshire pud containing a stuffed pepper. It was fiery but very delicious. A couple of hours later another few ladies climbed aboard, this time with roasted 'Lamb'. Again served with potatoes, ...
We began by flying from JFK on Saturday night through Ecuador then to Lima and finally to Cusco late Sunday morning. The airport is one of the highest in the world at 10,180 feet! Within minutes of deplaning, both of us could feel the altitude. Simply gathering our baggage and walking caused us to be short of breath (Mike more than Harmony). We read that the altitude affects each person ...
... past, present and future, Incan multi-tasking.
We got back and had lunch in a cafe overlooking the main square and on the way back to the hotel bumped into another parade this one to commemorate the anniversary of the virgin of a region of Cusco, at the back of the band was a man with a trumpet and a bag of Cusquena (a local beer....veeeery tasty) which we was handing out and drinking when he had a break. I think the entire back ...