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Peru - Day 3 (July 8, 2023)

Cusco

Description

Visited top sights in Cusco
Ate another fantastic meal

Lodging

Novotel, Cusco
San Agustin, 239 Esquina, Cusco City Centre
Cusco, Peru
Phone: 51-84-581033

Details

After enjoying the big buffet breakfast at the Novotel we ventured out to explore Cusco a bit more. We wandered through the San Blas neighborhood first and then started up toward the famous Saksayhuaman (aka Sexy Woman). This is an immense architectural complex which was started by Pachakuteq in 1350 and completed 90 years later. It is above the city so we walked very slowly.... Cusco is already at 10,200 ft elevation and Saksayhuaman is up at 12,100 ft. We employed Wilbur as our tour guide and explored the site with him. One memorable moment was sitting and looking over the site with Wilbur serenading us on the Andean flute! Saksayhuaman was used for important ceremonies and was later used as a fort by Manco Inca when he finally rebelled against the Spaniards. Manco Inca, a teenager whom Pizarro installed as a kind of puppet emperor, was treated cruelly by the Spaniards and ultimately rebelled with the help of the populace, Inca and peasant.

After Saksayhuaman, we walked to the other most famous site in Cusco, the Qoricancha. This was the most important Inca temple and was also used by the Inca emperor as a residence. It is right in the center of the city. Qoricancha means enclosure of gold in Quechua. At one time it was indeed paneled in gold, until the 3 Spaniards sent by Pizarro totally pillaged the place. Pizarro was holding the emperor, Atalhualpa hostage so the priests did not interfere with the greedy ransacking. The Spaniards built the convent of Santo Domingo around the Qoricancha.

We made a return trip to Kusykay for another splendid meal!

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