Cusco - A special place to spend a day or 2
Trip Start Aug 23, 2008
19Trip End Sep 28, 2008
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We both felt physically pretty ordinary today and not sure why maybe the altitude still playing up on us.
Saqsaywaman is an archaelogical site 2km from the city. But a tough uphill 2km walk from the city... so yep sounds good - get to see Saqsaywaman (which sounds exactly like sexy woman when the peruvians say it.. but they dont think so.. but anyway we called it sexy women all the time and they would always respond..hee)
The Qorikancha (also called Intiwasa or Sun Temple) was said to have been built by Manco Capac; The first Inka emperor, and built before 1438 when it was enlarged by Pachacuti,the guy who also built Machu Picchu.
In the sixteenth century, the Spanish destroyed the Qorikancha and built the Santo Domingo (St. Dominic) Convent and Church on the ruins, but the basalt foundations are still there and they were pretty amazing to see.
We then walked back up the hill to the lovely area of San Blas which is the artisian section of the city and one of the most colorful ones in Cusco. The streets in this section zigzag between the huge colonial houses that were built in the Inca walls.
The paved and steep streets, the whitish walls, the blue balconies which flowerpots are dangling and the gap roofs with tiles, is why they call the area "The Balcony of Cusco".
We were lucky that it was a weekend and so there was a handicraft market set up in San Blas Small square... perfect for Rob to sit and have a coke in the sun while I hit the stalls..
An easy day following doing much the same and returning to San Blas for another wander around. Tommorrow morning it is early pickup to hookup with the group and head for Machu Pichu.
Where I stayed