Here we are in the lovely city of Cusco. It really is a beautiful city. The weather has been great; sunny with light breezes. The food has been fantastic. We ate at Chi Cha, one of peru´s celebrity chef restaurants, and had a fantasic meal. The swordfish ceviche was amazing & I had the cuy(guinea pig) yes, it tastes like chicken. I also found a great little tamale lady who sells the best tamales I have ever had. Light, tasty cornbread stuffed with spicy goodness. I went back twice yesterday.
Yesterday we hiked to sacsayhuaman, site of the Incas last stand against the Spanish. Very mystical and awe inspiring. The Incas were amazing builders & craftsman.
The tourist industry has not recovered from the closure of MP & the city is void of travellers. Nice for me, but hard on the locals who depend on tourism for their livelihood.
Wendy, David, matthew & judy all left today on their trek, so I am left to my own devices in Cusco for 4 days. We had hoped that we would be able to make it to Macchu pichu, as it opens on april first, but all trains are sold out until the middle of April. Wendy & I decided we will do macchu pichu in in the future & in style & take the hiram bingham train.
Today i will explore the neighborhood of San Blas, where our sweet little hotel, Hostal El Grial is located. Tonight I am going to trivia night at one of the local pubs: wish me luck!
see the photos.... upload time is painful, but I will try to keep up to date.