Exploring Colonial Cusco

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Got up to another beautiful sunny, cloudless day and went to book our tour to start tomorrow. Made sure we got EVERYTHING written down for the whole trip which was referred to more than once later! Then into the cathedral which was very gold and free before 10am! (not the gold sadly)

Then had a lovely breakfast on a balcony overlooking the main square in the sunshine. Even the best locations you can still find reasonable deals for food e.g. menu touristico etc which is great for cheapskates like us.

We then started our wandering around town and bought our tourist tickets which include entry to several places in town and other Inca sites nearby. Felt like a bit of a rip off in retrospect but at least the money is allegedly going to restoring the sites.

Then we walked uphill (fortunately we have spent several weeks at altitude now so are pretty used to it) towards Saysuhuaman. On the way stopped at a Plaza with a great view over the city and main square with ´indigenously dressed´ women posing with llamas etc for photos and a tip. We restrained ourselves from that option and continued heading up to the Inca ruins.

The site was pretty huge with massive Inca walls and each ´brick´ weighing several tonnes. God knows how they did it. There are small underground tunnels which we crept around in the dark. A big amphitheatre thing and some stone thrones which we obviously had to sit in. Was pretty interesting but I preferred the view over Cusco and the nearby statue of Christ. Philistine I know.

We then went back downhill and found a great little restaurant where we had a 3 course meal for a few Soles which was great.

After more wandering around town and preparing for our trek, we met up with Jen and Jonno and went out for dinner. This must have been one of Dave´s highlights of the trip as we went to the Real McCoys restaurant (Calle Plateros = took us ages to find it!). It is a Brit place and sells everything from cheese and pickle sandwiches to fish and chips. However, Dave was looking forward to a roast with yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes. Surprisingly enough I went for it too. Was fantastic. We then all shared an apple crumble with custard. Great but stuffed!
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