End of Short of Breath

Trip Start Aug 01, 2008
Trip End Aug 16, 2008

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Killilus hostel

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Hello everyone,

    Today is my last day in the highland. Since there is no tours scheduled, I had the whole morning to relax and do whatever I wanted to do. Well, after 5 days of heavy duty travelling, I am sleeping in today !!! I woke up at 830 am for a change :D

    My top agenda today is visit the inside of Qorikancha. Since this is the MOST famous museum in Cusco and for former palace of the Inca empire, it is a MUST see. The building was once the site of  glory for the Incas, covered with gold, until the Spanards came in and looted everything in 1533. Once the Spanish took over the Inca palace, they turned it over to the Catholic missionaries, who in turn torned down most of the building and rebuild the Catholic styled cathedral on top of the Inca foundation. It is not until 1950 when a strong earthquake hit the area and part of the cathedral collapsed revealing some of the hide away Inca architectures. This convent has since been turned into a museum featuring a showcase of mixed Inca structures and Catholic art works as well as some modern art. Some the Inca walls that remained showed the intricate design by the Incas of perfectly fitting stones one on top of each other. The other parts of museum featured some amazing Catholic art works of Virgin Mary, Jesus and several Saints from 15th to 16th century. They sure are some priceless art. The building has a large courtyard in the center and the inner part of the building are these beautiful arches. I couldnīt stop taking photos.

    I spend the rest of the morning wondering around town. I tried this Peruvian dish called Papa rellenas, it is probably the best tasting dish I have had so far. This is like a mushed potato covering ground beef/pea/carrot and then deep fried, finally dipped in mild chili sauce. It is SOOOO good.

    I had my lunch at San Francisco Plaza watching young Peruvians walking and embracing, I guess LOVE is in the air.  I curiosity for photographing orante architectures took me to the Cusco central Market ( the last cathedral was right next to the mercado). Venders are selling all sort of weird stuff.  One of my favorite things  to do on each country that I visited is to see their market because this is where is real locals hang out. I also like to see what the locals eat and the raw ingredients of local food and it NEVER fails to amaze me.  Check out the larvae that they eat!!!   Hundred of varieties of potatos, and colorful maize. The meat department was interesting but the smell of raw pork was just too strong for me to handle.
    The last part of the market I visited was the street food area, venders are selling everything from cerviche to stew alpaca to chicken soup to fried rice. I decided to give this one a pass to avoid any GI ailment.

     I took the afternoon flight into Lima and had a smooth transfer into my hostel with any glitches.  For dinner, I found a quick eat restaurant, ordered 3 items, the total came out 28 soles !!! more expensive than my night at the hostel.

     Tomorrow I am heading down the coast to see some wild lifes, very excited indeed.
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