Peru and the Galapago – 6

Cuzco/Cusco

As I mentioned in the last post, we got to Cuzco late evening.  As I had a bit of altitude sickness, we stayed in for the evening.  Cuzco sounds were a mix of bird chirps, barking dogs and honking car horns. The next morning, Wednesday, April 21st, all was fine.

We started our day with Coca Tea and a nice breakfast at our hotel‘s rooftop restaurant. We had a loft bed and the ceiling was actually tree branches that had been lashed together. The grounds were beautiful and the staff very friendly and helpful.

We had the morning free to explore the lovely plazas of old Cuzco. The main city is in the valley but the city continues to rapidly grow up the mountainsides. It also has beautiful markets, ruins and many restaurants to explore. Our hotel was up one up the beautiful narrow stone roads.  At a small square near our hotel, local farmers had walked from the mountains to town for pictures.  This has become a major source of income for them.  Most leave their homes around dawn and walk to old town, then walk back late afternoon.

I loved these streets with the large staircases as sidewalks and the narrow road in the center.  One of our tour drivers expertly navigated these type of roads throughout Cuzco with barely an inch to spare!

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Narrow stone roads with staircase sidewalks

We visited the Plaza de Armas or Huacaypata which is the main square.

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The Inka in the center of the main plaza, pointing to Sacsayhuaman

We visited the Chocolate Museum which is in a lovely two story building with a central courtyard, shops and beautiful arches. It was a nice break from all the history and they had wonderful samples of chocolate, chocolate liquors and a small cafe to purchase a nice iced chocolate drink and dessert.

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The courtyard

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Processing cocoa beans

After this we walked a few more of the local squares.

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View of another square

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Beautiful carved balconies

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Flowers and the covered walkways

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Vicki & Bob back at the main square

We walked walked up to the Museo Arzobispal.  This was built on an Inca Palace, then converted to a Moorish style palace.  Inside are some of the best examples of Cuzco style paintings from 1700’s.  Amazing work, many unsigned.   Quite a unique way of adding gold and silver threads into the oil canvas. Unable to take photos, will have to look up . It’s wonderful the close up access to these paintings. I can imagine how may more restrictions will come as tourism grows here.

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Hatunrumiyoc Street, walls of the original structure. Twelve angle stone.

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The beautiful courtyard with Moorish tiles

This was just the morning.  For the afternoon we had a guided tour of the major sites in and around Cuzco.  So much more to come to cover this day!

Next:  Major sites around Cuzco

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7 thoughts on “Peru and the Galapago – 6

  1. It is so great to see all these pictures again…. and truly funny how ‘nothing has changed’ over these last 40 years!!! (probably has,but not noticeable in the photos). Thanks for sharing…

  2. Great Post. The stonework is amazing! Then the Incas were known for their stonework. You do not think of Incas stone building with newer buildings built on top of them. I tried to find out more about the Museo Arzobispal, but it only showed the outside, not the art inside. If you find some photos of the inside, please share on your posts.

    The two churches, the Cuzco Cathedral and the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesus, both look brown in color. Are they painted that color or are they stone? It looks like there is a lot of stone that is that color around there. Are they both on the same square? Both very large churches.

    Thanks for sharing. O’ is there a post #6? I did not get it.

    • Thanks for the questions. The churches are on the same square and solid stone not painted. I’m still looking for pictures of the paintings online. I think I may have just mis-numbered the post. Also amazing paintings in the churches.

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