End of Short of Breath
Trip Start Aug 01, 2008
16Trip End Aug 16, 2008
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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.
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)
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.