Cuz' I Wanted Too...

Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
Trip End May 31, 2012

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

We arrive in a new city. The rolling farm lands which grow lusher the further we head north into Peru, changes to a sea of buildings, muddy road side verges and a town project to make "Cusco Green".  Workers everywhere, in waist coats sporting the slogan are rakng earth into flower beds, or digging up grass sods from back roads to make the main avenues 'verde'!

This community spirit is new to us.  Bolivia was passive, there seemed no entrepreneurial-ship in the people, but things are different in Peru.  There is a hunger for improvement – social, wealth & happiness.

Our hostel is much like every other of the hostels we’ve been in.  Sounds negative but it’s not,, has done us proud with clean rooms, comfortable beds and hot water.  A little more character would be nice and Cusco itself provides in spades full.

10 minutes walk into to town and we arrive in tourist hell.  The Peruvians have cottoned onto the fact that Johnny Foreigner has money to spend.  The old town is full of tour operators, official photographers & nik nak shops.  The buildings are an odd mix of Inca architecture and colonial white washed walls.  It seems to work and the central area is very much made for ‘us’.  Plaza De Armas is beautiful.  Two catherdrals, a fountain with the obligatory golden statue of Inca King Pachacuteq, museums and even a Mcdonalds.  After 4 weeks of pasta and pizza, you can guess where we headed first!!

The tourist office, yielded information on the highlights of Cusco and access to tickets for Machi Picchu, but we’d have to wait a day before the limited number of tickets would allow us onto the mountain, so we spent a few days enjoying the city.

Every side alley gave us new things to look at (or eat, or buy).  Liz found an advert on the back of a toilet door in a pub for a ‘tour for tips’ tour.  Having done two similar ones in Santiago and Buenos Aires, we decided to give it ago.  Not as insightful as some, but we did get to visit the Temple of the Sun and pet knibbling Vicuna and Alpaca.  There were 3 security guards looking after the site, but they seemed to spend most of their time stopping the Vicuna from humping the guests!  Even I got my shine chewed!!

- JJ
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Morgane on

I hope the rain will stop for good when you head to Machu Picchu...
Looking forward to the post on that!

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