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Peru - Cusco

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Our first two days in Cusco were consumed getting ourselves organised for the Inca Trail.. Which involved dodging the many ' painting' and 'massage' offers on every corner and spending a whole afternoon trying every bank in town to withdraw US dollars! We were also very spoilt and stayed at the absolutely gorgeous Tierra Viva Hotel, just off the main plaza (an early bday present from Deb to Paul). It took a while for us to get used to the fact we had towels and toilet paper supplied...and that we didn't need to wear thongs in the shower! But we settled into the crisp white sheets and buffet breakfast without a problem.

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Celebrations for Semana Santa (religious week) filled the main plaza as the town congregated to watch processions carrying giant floats which must've weighed an absolute tonne. We had to take a few swift side steps on a couple of occasions to avoid getting trampled, when the poor men carrying them lurched from one side of the street to the other! Escaping unscathed around the corner we found more festivities in the form of hundreds of beer tents providing the local cuisine 'cuy' (guinepig) whole, glazed with teeth gripping a garnish we couldn't bring ourselves to sample the delicacy!

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The centre of town has gorgeous cobble stone streets, multiple European style plazas lined with eateries, and a lookout which was worth the climb to get up close to the giant statue of christ, illuminated over the town at night.

Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in Peru

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