Dec 142004
 

(Photos for this entry can be found here: Cuzco, Peru)

Anna and I had an absolutely amazing dinner last night at a place called Greens. Really hit the spot. With two great dinners in a row, I figured we were ready for an upset tonight, but we are in luck again. Another great meal from a place called Granja Heidi.

Anna and I spent the day wandering around Cuzco. The stairs were a bit easier today, but by the pounding of my head, we overdid it. We managed to hike quite a bit into the local areas of Cuzco. Probably not such a great idea at night, but it seemed quite safe in the day. Found some really great views from a point called the white tower. I will have to see if my gimpy picture taking actually lets me stitch together a panorama from it. Funny how the worst houses in a poorer city have all the great views. Mind you, there are those pesky mudslides.

I blew through a full memory card today, 512 of Cuzco goodness. I’m not sure how many pictures will make the cut, but the visuals of this city are impressive. We got to check out some of the original Inka walls on a street near us. Very impressive. Can’t even fit a piece of paper into the cracks, but the stones are all different sizes. It is like a giant jigsaw puzzle with massive blocks of stone.

You can’t help but feel a bit of despair over the treatment of the city by the spanish. Just the foundations of the Inka structures are amazing, one can’t imagine what the full palaces must have been like. The original city was designed to look like a jaguar. They made visuals and symbols such an important part of their life here. Everything was in its place, and meant something.

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