A free day

Today we were in Cusco without any scheduled events.  Robin went horseback riding with some others from our group, around the ruins of Saqsaywaman, which is the huge temple complex outside of Cusco.  Hamner and Peggy and I took a cab to Saqsaywaman to look at the place on foot.  The cab ride was even more white-knuckle than usual.   The cabs in Cusco are all ancient Daewoos about the size of a shoebox.  This one looked like it had been rolled a few times.  The driver didn’t appear to speak much Spanish beyond locations in town, as he didn’t even respond to questions.   In any case, he was too busy trying to squeeze between buses and run down pedestrians.  The really scary part was when we got to the Plaza de Armas and he turned right between two pillars onto what appeared to be a sidewalk, but turned out to be a street about 10 feet wide.

We did get to Saqsaywaman alive, though, and we had a really nice time wandering the grounds.  Without a guide, we were doing a lot of speculating, although we did ask a guy who was picking up trash a few questions.  After a couple of hours, we headed back to town, on foot this time.  The Inca Trail runs from there back to the Plaza de Armas, and from there to Machu Picchu.  We just went to the square and met Robin, as arranged, at the cathedral.  We had lunch –mine was really great: ¨Causa a la Limeña¨ — a round mold with layers of golden mashed potato, avocado, and chicken, with a garnish of sliced egg and olives on top.

Then we hit some musems.  Robin and Cheryl disappeared at the Inca Museum, I assume to go to the silver factory, as they had discussed earlier. The Inca Museum was well worth the 10 soles ($2.80)  we paid to get in.   A huge collection of pottery, jewelry, weapons, etc. — even mummies, and a lot of information about the Inca Empire and the Spanish Conquest.

Now I’m exhausted as usual, and it’s still an hour till dinner.  I may go get a beer.  Later…

2 Responses to “A free day”

  1. Travis says:

    Sounds like you are having a great time! Looking forward to the pictures.

  2. K says:

    I hope Robin and Cheryl reappear on schedule!

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