(Day 130 – 132)
30.03.2010 - 01.04.2010 20 °C
We spent one day in Lima on route to Cuzco but we will be talking about this when we are there again at the end of our Peru trip.
Cusco (“navel of the world” – as know to the Incas) is a gorgeous town. The centre, Plaza de Armas, is surrounded by churches and 2 storey buildings with charming balcony and flower arrangements. The middle of it is a Square which serves as a Park with benches and more flowers.
As you wonder the streets you find plenty of little shops selling typical Peruvian articrafts, colourful garments and millions of Inca relics and decorations. In fact, the minute you set foot in Cuzco you feel the Inca influence everywhere you look; a reminder that the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are just around the corner.
We visited some museums and churches on our first 2 days there. They focus mainly on the Incas and the way they lived, how they became Christian etc. In fact in many places, you can see the relics of old Inca walls on which other buildings have been erected. The Spanish built Cusco on the solid remains of temples and palaces. It is amazing the skill they displayed so long ago, their building skills being the most obvious. They had a technique where the bricks for their walls were made into what you could compare to Puzzle pieces, one convex - so jutting out - and the other concave so that their structures were rock solid (excuse the pun) and still standing today.
Throughout South America (excluding the major cities) backpackers have been the majority of tourist and travellers we have met. Here in Cusco, you notice that the majority of visitors are holiday tourists, it’s a strange feeling seeing so many young people walking around in designer clothes and us in our typical backpacking, saving money style
The 3rd day saw us depart for the Sacred Valley for a tour and overnight before discovering the celebrated Machu Picchu!