Day in Cusco

Trip Start May 13, 2009
Trip End May 31, 2009

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wow!  we spent today in Cusco walking around the Plaza De Armas, surrounded by 4 cathedrals and some amazing architecture.
To our delight, there was the first McDonalds we have seen on the trip, so we stopped in for lunch before visiting the cathedrals.
These cathedrals were amazing.  Built by the spanish with the help of the Incas from the 15th to 18th Centuries.
The architecture and workmaship were simply hard to believe.  We were approached by a small old tour guide who could speak broken english, but he looked like he had some history to tell.  We later learned he was 97 years old and spoke Incan.  His father was Spanish and his mother was a direct Incan decendant.  He lived through the 1950 earthquake and helped rebuild the cathedral damage.  He was born in Cusco and has never left.
Although pretty small, he looked tough as nails.  This has to be the best tour I have ever taken.
The amount of gold and silver in the cathedrals just blew me away.  We learned that the Incas didn't place much value on gold & silver, so the Spanish were able to get them to bring it to them and help build the cathedrals.
Check out a few of the photographs for a better idea.

Tomorrow was supposed to be Machu Picchu, but there is a strike by local farmers, who have blocked roads in and out of Cusco for 2 days.  Looks like we were lucky to make it in yesterday.
We have changed the Machu Picchu day until Thursday, so we have another day in Cusco before heading out to Aguas Caliente.  I am sure we will see a lot more of the city tomorrow.
Oh... my leg looks a lot worse than it is.
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What an adventure. I'd probably be complaining the whole time. LOL...I like my creature comforts.
The photo's are great, the guide is a munchkin! I'm surprised that McDonalds has been the tastiest fare thus far. I was reading John's blog about paying off the herders. Ha, I'd fit right in down there running around siphoning money off tourists. Hehehe...
I hope you start feeling better, Susan. Next time John speeds on the bike, whack him on the helmut for me. I used to do that to Jeff all the time. Have a blast and stay SAFE! Can't wait to hear about Machu Pichu!

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