Around Cusco

Cusco is a city of about 390,000 people (per our tour guide) and temperatures in the summer (now) are between 48 and 68.  It rained intermittently today so my rain jacket got some good use.

The rain is rolling in over the San Pedro Church:

San Pedro Church Cusco

rain in Cusco

First stop was the market where we sampled some tuna (in Spanish) also known as prickly pear (in English).  The seeds were a bit crunchy so I ended up spitting some out, otherwise quite tasty.  I’ve only had prickly pear margaritas so seeing the real fruit was cool.

Tuna Prickly Pear Cusco

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The big pile of grey next to the lady is homemade turkey jerky.

turkeyjerky

Around town:

Mural map of Cusco

La Catedral:

la catedral cusco

La Compania:

La Compania Cusco

Hill from the main square:

View from Cusco Main Square

Lunch was at Pucara, a tiny restaurant right outside the main square in Cusco.  I had the Peruvian Chicken Soup with Risotto.  It was delicious and hit the spot in this chilly, mountain town.

PeruvianChickenSoup

After dinner I was a real party animal and went back to to the hotel and was in bed by 7pm.  That overnight flight really messed with my sleep! Finally, I am all rested and ready to start a full day in Ollantaytambo to see the Sacred Valley of Peru.  I will be back to Cusco tomorrow night for some more wandering and outdoor activities.  Stay tuned!

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