Our hotel was close to the city market. And since we got there early, we got out of our rooms as soon as we could. Our trail starts in two days, Cusco is where we acclimatize. We booked our trek with 'Peru Treks'. We were required to pay the balance two days in advance. So we found our way to the Office. The staff were friendly. Once we paid up we were briefed on what the trek would be like , some do's and dont's. Lots of important information we were thankful for, things we would not have known. Our guide warned us about the dangers of drinking spring water(even with water purifying tablets). When we did trek we stuck to this piece of advice religiously and it served us well.
Once done with the briefing we left and wandered around town. Ravenous we searched the square for places to eat. We should have known that the ones close to the town square would be expensive. But hunger got the better of us :). Once bitten twice shy, especially if you are backpacking on a budget ;)
|Boy selling (something)..|
Luckily for us our two days there were sunny. We had the option of visiting the sacred valley, but decided against it as according to the literature in the briefing we were going to be seeing loads of ruins along the way to Machu Pichu. The market place was full of people , some selling food, some clothes, and some others traditional Inca medicine.
|Walking up from San Fransico|
Vendors flocked, people trying to sell us stuff, Artists showing off their work...
I would have loved to buy some of the paintings, but the prospect of carrying everything and not knowing how conditions would be on trail , made us decide against it. All shopping was postponed , we thought it wise to spend in our last stop :)
|Views from the City Center|
|Scenes from the city center|
|Typical neighbourhood in Cusco|
|12 edged stone|
|The Irish Pub :)|
We did visit the Irish Bar a couple of times. The portion sizes did leave us very happy :)
|Inside the Cusco Market..|
The City center again (from one of the many restaurants along the square). Two flags seen in the picture, The first is the the red-and-white Peruvian flag and the second is the rainbow-colored flag, representing the four quarters of the Incan empire.
It was wonderful being part of this city..We felt we left with our slice of Inca History :)