PERU: Lima, Chincha & Cuzco. 2008 AFRO LATINOS doc. part IV of V
We flew to Cuzco from Lima, is only 55 min. plane ride. We landed at Cuzco Intl. Airport Alejandro Velasco Astete. We stayed at a Hotel call ‘Mirador Coricancha’ meaning ‘Coricancha Viewer’ literally in front of the Coricancha which is the main temple of the Incas in Cuzco. Here are some of the first photos when we arrive.
After our trip in the Macchu Pichu Ruins, we took the bus back to Aguas Calientes, the city where you arrive to go to the ruins. To our luck, a storm of hail dropped on us during our excursion in the empire of the Incas. Around 7pm we arrived in our hotel, dead tired, hungry and thirsty for some Inca Kola (national soda). We freshened up and when downstairs of our hotel to choose from some traditional recipes from indigenous hands. The dish to try, ‘picante de cuy’, I won’t translate this dish, its kinda special of the Andes. During our dinner, we encounter a parade of students with torches and traditional customs. It was a celebration of a school near by. It took us by surprise. The day after our visit to Macchu Pichu, we took a bus back to Cuzco. Once again to our luck. The Peru Rail train was on strike, so we couldn’t ride the train back to Cuzco. We had to take 3 different buses and stop and numerous little towns as people got off and got in the bus. It was a humbling experience to ride with the locals of Cuzco towns. During my ride to Pizac (small town 4 hrs from Cuzco) I visit a market place, where we found a Shaman and 500 different types of potatoes. In our search for food, we found a nice restaurant to sit and relax. Here are more photos from our excursion back to Cuzco.
On our trip back to Cuzco, we stopped in ‘Oyalltantambo’ ruins/town. Also a very important sight to learn about. History tells us that this is the place where the last Incas in the Empire hided their gold and sacred mummies. Today with the privatization of various sights in Cuzco, is hard to visit every town or ruins, because you have to pay for every sight you visit. This is the only downfall from all the beauty to discover in Cuzco. We had a blast visiting the 4th wonder of the world and its surrounding towns. Here are more photos from our journey back to Cuzco.
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