Dec 31, 2011
Jan 17, 2012
Sunday we got up and Sid and Joli went to check on Linda who spent the night at the clinic up the street from the hotel. She still was not feeling well so they wanted to keep her longer and give her more IV fluids and antiparasitics so we left her there and went off on the city tour of Cusco. We started off with a visit to a local cemetery. Since it was Sunday there were many locals visiting their loved ones and bringing flowers and cleaning the grave sites. Since space is limited people are aren't buried in the ground but rent or buy a space if they have enough money. The people are buried in walls and folks come and decorate the niches in front of the grave site. After the cemetery we passed by the Qoricancha (temple of the sun)- this used to be an Incan temple but when the Spanish came they build their own church right over the site. We then continued on to Sacsayhuaman (which sounds like "sexy woman"). This is another Incan ruins thought likely to be a place to worship the sun god. The Inca built these huge walls out of giant rocks that they obtained from over 7 miles from where the site was. Again everything was measured out and put together so exactly. Pretty amazing. There were also a bunch of Alpaca grazing around the site and they were very cute (but a bit soggy since it was raining again). We also visited an alpaca weaving factory and learned to tell the difference between baby alpaca and "maybe" alpaca. After that we had a healing ceremony with Pedro Paco (which means healer). Pedro is a Quechuan from the highlands outside of Cusco. We offered our thanks to Pachimama (mother earth) and asked for healing for ourselves or other who might need it back home. From the healing ceremony we went to lunch at the Casona del Inca which had a very nice view of Cusco. After lunch we returned to the hotel and had the afternoon free. Unfortunately by now Joli's dad Sid was not feeling well either so we made him check with the clinic and he was also givin some antiparasitics drugs to take. Sid and Linda finally made it back to the hotel around 7pm. That evening we had a farewell meeting at the hotel (which of course included more Pisco sours:)) and then a farewell dinner at the Mamacha restaurant in downtown Cusco. This is our last night in Peru. Tomorrow we head to the airport ( very early in the morning!) and off to Ecuador. Hopefully everyone will be feeling better by then!