More Inca stuff

Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
Trip End Sep 18, 2008

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Early start to do some more sightseeing. Cusco was quite chilly even with the sun...are we going to have to bring really really warm clothes on the Inca Trail??

Started off at the Museo Inka. This museum has a number of interesting rooms with pre-Incan and Incan artifacts. Luckily a lot of the descriptions were in English too!  After being in Northern Peru seeing the pre-Incan culture it almost felt refreshing to see the styles of ceramics we had become used to.  The museum is housed in a Colonial mansion.

There was a display of Incan mummies which was interesting although a little weird to be looking at such a sacred thing.

There was also a large model of Machu Picchu which was very very exciting...weŽll see it soon!

Time for lunch at a great vegetarian restaurant recommended by Dave. Tasty curry with Andean ingredients!

Next stop was Coricancha which was the most important Incan temple. It used to be covered in gold and precious stones before these were used as part of the ransom payment for the Incan chief Atuhualpa (held by the spanish).   

PizarroŽs brother gifted the site to the Dominicans who built a monastery on this site. The site is an interesting combination of the church and Incan design.  The Incans were well advanced with earthquake proofing building. The blocks were interlocked with different shapes which meant they would not fall easily in an earthquake.

Time for supermarket stop to collect supplies for tomorrow then dinner with some people from the Colca Canyon trip.
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