Exploring the naval of the earth
Trip Start Dec 29, 2008
77Trip End Mar 22, 2009
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From the coca store we wandered closer towards the central square, spotting many Inca walls on the way. One stone is particularly famous as it has 12 angles so people think it is some kind of calendar.
The main square (Plaza de Armas) is known as 'the place where everyone cries' in Quechua, as in 1532 the Spanish captured the Incan leader, brought him to the square and slowly killed him in front of his people
We moved further on to the what used to be the other half of the main square, now a square in itself. It is known as the 'happy square' as it is where all of the celebrations for the town have been held. On one corner of the square is the western entrance to the city, which is a spanish arch made of bricks. Through the arch is the main market. The market is under a tin roof, and it is full of many interesting things including pigs and alpaca heads. According to Bobby our guide (who is from Cuzco), the best part of an animal is the head, especially when its cooked up in a soup.
Once the tour finished, I wandered the tourist shops with Honor and Sonja. 'Jack's', a very popular western cafe was our stop for lunch. The menu was very similar to what you'd find at home, and the cheese burger with fries and salad was delicious and very comforting.
In the evening we had a briefing for the Inca trail and were given rucksacks that we are allowed to pack 6kg in. We headed back down to Paddy's, the Irish bar, for a drink and some yummy nachos, before it was time for bed.