I’m archiving the original posts of my travels in 2016 and 2017 so I am reposting some of my favourite places. If you haven’t been to Peru, when we get back to a place where we can travel safely again, and you are thinking of going to South America, Peru is a delight and it is worth exploring other areas of the country, apart from the obvious, Machupicchu. This is from my 105 day trip, where this blog got it’s name.
Day 51 June 7, 2016
Countries 7 Hotels 22 Cars 37
Flights 12:flying time 46.52 hours
Rickshaws 4 Buses 4 Elephant 1 Boat 3
Cog-wheel train 2 Cable cars 6 Subway 4 Ferry 2
Minibus 29 Coach 2 Catamaran 1 Funicular 3
Pick up truck 1 Land Cruiser 8 Hydrofoil 4
Llama 1 Cycle Taxi 1 Train 1
This morning I had a city tour of Cuzco, the first stop was Qenko, like all the sites I saw today, largely destroyed by the Spanish when they colonised the country. There is still some interesting stone carving on the site. Also great views of the city too.
Next stop was Sacsayhuaman, comprising of zigzag terraces and ramparts 300 meters high. The stones, some weighing over 200 tons each, are put together like a jigsaw, without using mortar. The Spanish took the stones to use for their own buildings so there isn’t much left of the construction, what is here is rather magnificent.
The Spaniards’ Santo Domingo Church, this, like a lot of Spanish churches, was built on top of an Inca structure, in this case the Inca Temple of the Sun. I didn’t care much for the Spanish church, but the Inca stone work was beautiful. The lumps on the walls are thought to be a calendar.
I visited the Cathedral and went to a local market. I do like a produce stall, the fruits and cheeses looked good, the meat stall sells every part of the animal, I couldn’t get closer than this because of the smell, there is a food stall for locals to stop and have a quick meal, flowers, breads and of course llama foetuses. Outside the market there were guinea pigs being sold, both cooked and raw.
I had a lovely lunch sitting on this balcony, the food here is very good, and then I wandered around the Plaza de Armas, the city square, there are lots of celebrations/parades going on at the moment as flag day is celebrated today. The rainbow flag in the photo is the flag of Cuzco, and the red and white one is Peru.
The following are shots of my lovely hotel, which is a five minute walk from the city square.
To end the day a photo of the city at dusk, which I took on the way to a theatre to see some traditional Peruvian folk dancing and music. It was very interesting, I did take some photos but they didn’t come out very well.