Tour the city - the Cathedral, Casa Concha and Koricancha (Sun Temple) and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress
06.04.2015 - 06.04.2015 18 °C
Up at 6.30 am and into breakfast which was crowded but had everything imaginable. We sat with Jade and Jenny1.
Some more photos of our lovely accommodation.
This is a 300 year old tree in the main courtyard.
We met at 9 am and started our walking tour of Cusco. It is quite lovely walking through these lovely old streets.
Our first port of call was the Casa Concha to see exhibits excavated from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham. We weren't allowed to take photos but were able to photograph the old murals on the outside walls.
We then toured Koricancha, the Sun Temple and weren't allowed to take photos in there either but there were quite a lot of opportunities to take photos outside.
Then the bus arrived with Freddie our driver and we drove up to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman fortress with a stunning view over the city. We had a group photo taken in front of these huge rocks. Sections were first built by the Killkie culture in 1100. They had occupied the area since 900. The site was added to by the Incas from the 13th century when they built huge dry stone walls. This site is at an altitude of 3701 metres.
We then toured the Cathedral in the main square - the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin, which is located in the Plaza de Armas and was completed in 1654 almost one hundred years after it was started. We weren't allowed to take photos in there either but there were three different sections inside, with a black Jesus. He is black because of the discolouration from the candle smoke. There is also a painting of the last supper, painted by a Peruvian artist, which shows Jesus and his disciples eating guinea pig!
End of tour and we arranged to meet with Yashi at 4.30 pm so she could take us to a jeweller who she knows to see if they could fix Phil's Turkish puzzle ring that snapped a few weeks ago. So, we went alpaca jumper shopping and Phil bought a black baby alpaca jumper which is really nice. I couldn't find a style that I liked but I'll try again tomorrow when we have a free day. I bought some baby alpaca scarves which were quite unusual and nice.
We had a very light lunch at an Italian restaurant and by the time we were to meet Yashi at the fountain in the main square, it was pouring rain. I had my rainbird jacket and Phil had nothing so because he wouldn't pay 5 soles for a rain poncho, he got wet and cold. Then he decided to buy one, but he was already wet and cold! Men! We couldn't find Yashi so we walked up to the jewellers and this time it was open. We had been there previously with Yashi and it was closed. Even though the jeweller couldn't speak English we got across what needed to be done to the ring and then Yashi arrived confirmed what we wanted. We are picking it up tomorrow.
Later on we went back to the same restaurant for a pizza dinner and it was still raining a bit. It is quite cool.
I was attacked by mozzies or sand flies or something nasty at the Manatee Farm on 30 March and they are itching like mad and still driving me crazy. I have run out of first aid cream and just need some good old calamine lotion but the chemists only sell cream which doesn't seem to make much difference. I have about a dozen on each leg. Going crazy!