|One of the courtyards at Hotel Rumi Punku|
|Michele in one of the many alleys|
|School girl working on homework next to "store"|
|Custom dress shop|
|John, Scott and Michele by Inca wall|
We only had 1/2 a day to explore Cusco since the following day was an all day tour of the Sacred Valley and the day after that was the start of our 5 day/4 night trek to Machu Pichhu through the Saltankay pass.
If you've ever been to Mexico, a steady stream of children will approach you for money or selling chicklets (gum). In Peru, on every corner is someone dressed in Peruvian dress, usually with an alpaca, asking if you want to take a picture, which of course you pay for. One young girl got her picture taken and pocketed the dollar bill in one smooth, fluid motion. When the same person took another picture of the same girl, her hand went out again wanting more money.
The inside of the Cusco Cathedral (Cathedral of Santa Domingo) was gaudy yet beautiful with all the ornate gold stolen by the Spanish from the Inca's. In addition to the gold, silver and jewels, hung artwork and I found the Last Supper painting quite humorous since in the center of the table was cuy, better known as guinea pig. And for those wondering minds, no, I did not eat any guinea pig but I saw a number of restaurants listing it on their menu.