Spanish at least made records!
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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We managed to get up quite early given we seem to be going to bed earlier each night (9pm last night!), but that just gives us even more time to sniff around the place.
The hotel we are staying in is just great given the price we are paying: 24 soles (4 euros) for a double bedroom and breakfast included. You can beat that and be 5 minute walk from the Plaza de Armas. So basically with the money we are saving in the hotel we cover the more expensive Inca Trail (USD 295) which we will do during the weekend.
The hotel also has satellite tv in a kitchen - living room area which we can use all day and make tea, coffee, etc
Anyway, today we decided to visit some of the museums in Cusco and we started with the "Inca Museum". It has lots of history from pre-Inca, Inca and Spanish colonial times and was well worth the 10 Soles (2 euros) to get in.
The visit leads to the title of our entry today. Most people easily criticise the Spanish for the Conquista of South America over 500 years ago, and all the looting and killing that went with it (its a classic phrase with US youth here..."like the Spanish, like..., killed, like... a lot"). Yep, well we all agree to that, but a point that we never heard before was that quite a few Spanish did invest a lot of energy to record what customs the Incas (and others) had. If you visit the Inca museum you will quickly see there was a hell of a lot of writing going on, and all the museum quotes Spanish historians, military, and civilans over in South America.
We guess it was easy to get statements via the Inquisition...
Most of the central part of Cusco has Inca architectural remains on which the Spanish built their buildings. It is a fine sort of architecture which shows how advanced they were in certain aspects. Sadly not on horse riding and warefare...
Anyway...enjoy the pictures. We are off for a few more strolls around the town.