Peru II - On top of the World in Cusco
|Colourful procession in Cusco -these seemed to happen all the time|
|People on their way to the square|
|Inca walls underlie more recent structures|
|More typical costumes (The colour in these photos do not do the costumes justice)|
|Courtyard in the hostel - again, the colours are much brighter in RL. Is it the thin atmosphere?|
|Typical scene in the dorm|
Also had a chance to try Pisco Sours on the cheap at Happy Hour - one Peach, the other with Passionfruit - something my budget doesn't usually run to, except maybe in Cuba. I also discovered a coffee exporter across the road who made an excellent coffee, also one of the best I'd had since Cuba. Mostly I drank Mate which was not only free but was supposed to inure you against altitude sickness whereas drinking alcohol supposedly does the opposite. I had most other meals at street stalls - empanadas mostly, and small bakeries of which Cusco seemed to have more than it's fair share. I also enjoyed Pollo Assado (fried chicken) with Papas Fritas (chips) which were to feature on many menus from here on. Indeed, if I eat any more fried chicken, I'll sprout feathers and lay eggs.
Soon it was my turn to be up and away, although I returned here for a day or two after Machu Picchu - laundry, onward bookings, internet and so on, but I also happened to catch a free folkloric concert at the theatre opposite the hostel which was a nice finish to my stay here. Unfortunately I couldn't understand a word that was being sung, but music speaks all languages and the gouchos looked really hot in their silver trimmed leather chaps. Here's a snippet.