Back in Cuzco

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Before we headed to Machu Picchu we joined the throngs of tourists in the Andean city of Cuzco. We are sitting at an altitude of 3400metres above sea level, so for our first day here we just chilled out, walked up and down the narrow cobblestoned streets and drank coca tea in the cafes to aclimatise. On our second day however, we knew that we needed to get out there and see things, so we first headed uphill to the area known as San Blas.

San Blas is the artistic quarter of the city, it sits high up a narrow steep street from the main plaza and the views across Cuzco are fabulous. We enjoyed some lunch and then ate in a cheap bakery! We visited the Church in the San Blas Plaza and then walked back downhill to the Archibishops house which now houses lots of religious art.

The Cathedral in the plaza was probably the most beautiful Cathedral we have ever seen. Connected to two other churches either side, they have a huge painting which was interesting and made us laugh! It is the traditional "Last Supper" painting with a twist, on the table on this particular painting they have the local Andean delicacy - Guineau Pig!

We climbed the stairways in the other church across the otherside of the plaza and enjoyed fantastic views across the central Plaza Des Armas.
Then we shopped till we dropped at the markets with a beer back in our room.

Night here in Cuzco is the coldest, we layer up and head out in the ice cold weather for a delicious cheap meal at a few good restaurants we have found. Usually we eat Alpaca, soup and drink coffee to warm us up! Tonight is our last night here, tomorrow we are heading to Puno which sits on the highest navigable lake in the world - Lake Titicaca.


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