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Rest Day in Cusco

Rest Day

Today was a slow and restful day in Cusco.
We slept in a bit and then wandered around in search of cool things to inflict on various people.


Qorikancha and Saksaywaman

Today we explored the Qorikancha and Saqsayhuaman.

Qorikancha was the main temple complex in the Cusco city. It was dedicated mostly to the sun god Inti. Pizarro and his men stripped the temple of its gold plating, and then as part of asseting thier rule, they destroyed the temples, burnt the scared mummies of the 14 Incas (Inca ==> king) and  the built a Dominican monastery on the site.

Saqsayhuaman was the military citadel perchech high  (about 350 – 400 meters higher elevation)  above Cusco. Unfortunately Conquistadores have used the stone form the constructions for the 14 churches in the Cusco city.

View of the Cusco city from up there is breathaking.


Cusco – first day

First day in Cusco was spent acclimating to the altitude – 3400 m or 11,200 feet is not a joke.

Today we wondered around, had a a lunch in the main plaza of the old city and then went back to the hotel to sleep off the 41 hour transit.

Old city of Cusco is a very pretty place.