The centre of the Incan (now gringo) Empire...... Part Two!
02.01.2008 15 °C
After the Inca Trail we felt very lazy and chilled over the next few days! We Walked past the famous Incan wall of Cusco, with the 15 edged stone and a guy dressed Like an Inca (apparently) standing next to it ready to charge for photos, and the many women hawkers asking if you wanted a massage (pronounced massakeeee..... didn´t know Cusco was the health spa capital of Peru???) everyday towards the Plaza de Armas.
At the Plaza we drank many coffees at our favourite coffee place 'Cappucino'. We also visited a few of our favourite restuarants '2 Nations' and the fantastic Indian restuarant (the only one in Peru I think) mmm!
It was all very relaxing but we did manage to squeeze a city tour into the hectic schedule!!
We started off well with the same guide as the sacred valley tour. Alan and myself couldn´t help but giggle at his over exaggerated pronounciations and funny anecdotes (he reminded us of Manwel from the tv show Faulty Towers ha ha)!
The tour started at Koricancha where inca ruins were mostly destroyed by the conquistadors and a 17th century church built on the site with the stone and the gold that completely surrounded the inca site! It must have been pretty impressive at its time but now the church was the main feature!!
It was then onto Sacsayhuaman (not pronounced sexy woman but over exaggerated Sacsayhuaman!!!!)
Saccccccccccccsayyyyyyyyyyhhhhhhhhhhuamannnnnnn was huge and very impressive (a bit like it´s name!).
A birds eye view would show you the zig zag walls forming the shape of a puma! The sheer size of the stones were amazing! There were three intact doorways ..... huge doorways..... very big for small Incans!
Next was Qenko, not that grand but it was cool to walk through the caves (that ran through the stone rock) that had carved stone chairs beneath!
Puca Pucara (red fort) was next at the top of the valley....... not much was left of it but it had spectacular views of the valley, it was thought to be a resting point for incan soldiers!
Opposite was Tambo Machay, a slightly steepish climb led to an incan bath used for physical cleansing and purification! So I ofcourse dabbed the old stuff over my face and will forever look the same..... if only I had visited when I was 21!!!
They apparently use the Tambo Machay water in Cusqeña, the local beer, so we downed a few later at KM0 (a local bar)..... all in the act of cleansing and purification.... but of course