A day off to wander the city
08.05.2010 - 08.05.2010 25 °C
Cusco is a little bit different from the places we have visited so far.Its a bit more touristy and street wise. There are many street sellers, more restaurants and attractions to see. It is a great place though. There is a central plaza where the gardens are surrounded by Spanish colonial buildings with shaded archways. One of those buildings is occupied by the Norton Rats Bar.
The bar is on the first floor and has a great view of the Plaza. Its owned by a Norton motorcycle fanatic and has a comments book open to anyone who arrives in Cusco by motorcycle. Consequently we signed it as had many others before us. The remarkable thing about the bar though is the fact it serves a great pint of Speckled Hen or Abbott Ale. How on earth they import it and how they sell it for the same price as a pint in England I have no idea.
Our day off coincided with a parade around the Plaza and some sort of competition between various local dancing groups. Many were bizarely dressed in costumes that varied from paradies of past colonlial masters to Doctors and skeletons. To foreigners with little Spanish it was all a bit difficult to work out.
If you ever find yourself in Cusco though go to the local indoor market. It is a sight to behold. You cna buy most things there. Divided into sections there is the meat market including the monkeys head subsection. There is the fruit market and coat and zip repair section. We seem to have lost our ability to repair things but here in Peru the skills are alive and well.
One of our fellow motorcyclists broke a zip on his motorcycling jacket and managed to get a new one fitted for the princely sum of £7.
One downside to the place is the poverty that invades even the city centre. There were beggers who had obviously fallen on hard times. We watched one man on crutches,blind and elderly begging for money. What surprised me most was that it was some of the other poor who were contributing to his begging cup. And so did we.