Monday, September 26, 2016

15 in the Peruvian Andes – arriving to Qosqo, meeting its people...

The flight from Lima to Cusco (Qosqo in Quechua, Cuzco in most texts outside Peru) was magical. The clouds, the Andes in the distance, lakes down below, the city as we approached it... rarely have I been so excited about a flight! We were flying so close to them gorgeous peaks! 







Now, Cusco lies at 3400m above sea level, and there's no shortage of stories about people suffering from altitude sickness and needing at least a couple of days to recover. Well, it seems that Mexico City's 2240m altitude was perfect to protect us from that! We felt perfectly fine! Yay! So the moment we left our stuff at the hotel, we were out exploring the city!

Now, Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. That means there's a lot to see here. A lot. So I had to break my Cusco posts in parts: arrival and people (this one), food (the next – and long! – one) and the city itself (the third and last). So, let me introduce you to Cusco's people – the proud Cusqueñas and Cusqueños. As you'll see, it was the women who most of the time caught our attention, with their traditional hats and skirts and bundles... 





Sure, some of them knew tourists – of which there were aplenty – also came here to see people dressed in traditional garb, and so quite a few women would walk around with traditional attire (which you could quickly tell from the day-to-day, non-monetized versions) and, often, with llamas, charging for pictures taken of them. Undoubtedly, regardless of your opinion on this, they made for quite an interesting sight around Cusco's streets.



And with this very small taste of  Cusco (the city and the region), the story of our couple of weeks there begins...

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