Cusco!

We met this morning for our walking tour of Cusco city. The first stop was just across the street from our hotel at Qorikancha, otherwise known as the Convent of Santo Domingo, or in Incan times as the Golden Temple or Temple of the Sun. It is a vast fortress and has an incredible history.

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From there, we walked along many of the incredibly narrow Inca streets, marveling at the masonry craftsmanship of the city walls (no mortar!), seeing hidden shapes that were built into the walls. This walk was also a good preparation for our trek on the Inca Trail with all of the stairs we climbed.

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Along the way we came across a local dressed in full Incan garb. He was portraying a famous Incan named Inca Roca and was protecting the street. Of course we had to take pictures.

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We then continued our tour, climbing to the highest point of the walk. We were greeted with an amazing view of Cusco city.

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To finish the tour, some of us went to the market where the locals shop and were amazed at the vastness of the market. It was a bit overwhelming, to say the least.

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