Cuzco: The Capital of the World (circa 1750)
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We stayed a night at Copacabana relaxing, and the next day jumped on a 10 hour bus ride to Cuzco, Peru to meet up with Madolyn and Matthew. To say that we miss the trains of Europe would be a gross understatement, although the mistique of overlsold buses is adorable nonetheless. In this case however, the overselling turned out to be a good thing, as they felt bad about the woman with an infant and the 6 Israelis that didn´t have a seat, and put everyone that was going directly to Cuzco in a speeding minibus, making the journey only 8 hours (which truly makes a difference).
We arrived to Cuzco at night and we were dazzled by its grandiose tastefullly lit center square, surrounded by Barroque churches, made of beautifully carved Inca stones, as well as countless colonial houses with red tiled roofs.
In the meantime however, we visited our first Inca ruins: an old temple turned into a large church by the Spanish. The Spaniards pretty much systematically took apart Inca buildings and made their own on top. In addition, they stole the gold and silver whenever possible, and in this case the temple used to be plated with gold, and its certainly not there any more.
A few hours later we went to the cathedral of Cuzco which was disgusting and dazzling at the same time. Why? There was far more gold and silver that we have seen in our lifetimes. All the altars (of which there must have been at least 15 if not 20) were made out of gold and silver. The altars had large figures of Jesus and Mary, ornamented, and always made out of gold.
The rest of our time in Cuzco was occupied with eating and resting. We left the next morning very early to start our journey to Machu Pichu.