Entering the Incan Capital, Cusco
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October 9th, 2008 – by: aerynn
Awoke very early to travel to Peru. Very different than Chile! This city of Cusco is so awesome. The views and changing light are remarkably dynamic. We settled into our hotel room, then walked down to the Plaza de Armas for the sunset. There are many children selling goods on the street that seemed to get more pushy as the night progressed, but not many outright beggars.
The city is sprinkled with historical Catholic churches that stand out against the otherwise redundant rooftops; old stone behemoths with forgiving, yet disappointed Gods portrayed inside to inspire followers to confess their sins.
The Plaza is lined with rather inviting restaurants, and we went up to a balcony overlooking the Plaza to get a glass of fresh-squeezed fruit juice. I chose orange. We also split a sandwich. Dinner was later, after looking around and taking more photos.
We toured one of the churches flanking the plaza, the Iglesia de la Compania, which is featured in many of my photos from the Plaza, as I was rather taken with the bell towers. We weren't allowed to take photos inside, so unfortunately that part will have to remain a memory.
As the name suggests, this church was built (or at least named) to honour the company or family of Christ. Mary and Joseph figured prominently in many of the altars and decorum. While paying for our entry into this church, we found we could pay somewhat more for tourist access to a couple of additional churches.
For dinner we ate at the Bagdad Cafe. Their food was quite good! I ordered a Quinoa pilaf with veggies. It hit the spot! Something not too rich that I would possibly eat at home.
A little band came in and played for awhile. The violin was really out of tune, making some of the songs painfully comic, or comicly painful...not sure which...the other instruments were mandolin, guitar, pan pipes, and a drum. Of course they wanted to sell a CD and take donations for their performance.
Cusco is fairly high in elevation. I assumed that I wouldn't have any problems, due to my frequent work at 14,000 feet. However, I seem to have a headache, perhaps from travel or fatigue. Hopefully it will go away while I sleep.
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