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I got up bright and early at 7 AM on Sunday to get the most out of my remaining time in Cusco. It turns out that Sunday morning is a good time to tour Cusco because most tourists have left or havenít arrived yet and the only people that are out are the locals. I headed to the back streets and as I figured the further I got from the Plaza De Armas the cheaper things started getting. I just wandered from store to store and place to place checking out whatever was there.


Cathedral At Night

Getting My Shoes Shined

University

Condor Statues

Monestary

Viva El Peru

Inca Aqueduct

Monestary

Monestary

A lot of the really cool stuff in Cusco is pretty well hidden. Behind just about every building is a courtyard with a labyrinth of stalls with people hawking their wares. I stumbled into one place and there were just piles of what at first looked like to be junk but turned out to be an antique store. They had piles and piles of Inca pottery, instruments, stone carvings, etc. that were still caked from mud where they dug them up. I bought a bunch of the coolest things Iíve ever seen in my life and Iím pretty sure theyíre a couple of hundred years old. Itís possible the stuff is fake but I doubt the old guy running the place would go through that much trouble to make stuff ďlookĒ authentic. Whether itís fake or not doesnít really matter since the stuff I bought is cool looking, I like it, and it cost next to nothing. Thatís the important thing.

In another little shop I found a lady with the most beautiful sweaters Iíve ever seen. I bought 4 and she sold them to me for $40. One of these sweaters at home would be $150-$200 easy. Anyway, I bought a PILE of stuff during the day. So much, in fact, that my backpack was crammed full of stuff. I had to go back to the hotel and empty it once and ended up filling it up again.



Locals And Their Baby Alpaca

Courtyard Mall

Wall Hangings

Wall Hangings

Wall Hangings

Nice Blanket

Colorful Sweaters

Interesting Building Technique

Toy Car?

Back Streets Of Cusco

Back Streets Of Cusco

Back Streets Of Cusco

Back Streets Of Cusco

Back Streets Of Cusco

Back Streets Of Cusco

Back Streets Of Cusco

Back Streets Of Cusco

Parade

As I wandered back to the Plaza De Armas to get ready to leave I found there was a big parade going on. I'm not sure if this is something they do every week or it was a special occasion. It featured speeches, singing, and the firing of weapons. While I was standing there they opened the doors to the church and I got a picture of the entrance so you can see how spectacular it is. I tried to go inside but they wouldn't let me in. There's a big sign at the entrance that says "No Touristas". I believe this is the first time I've ever been kicked out of a church...



Parade

Parade

Church

Parade

Parade

Parade

Parade

Parade

Parade


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