When I first got to Cusco, I couldn’t wait to leave. Due to a series of events (see earlier blog), I had to stay in Cusco longer than intended.
Took a friend’s suggestion and spent a good part of the day walking on the outskirts of the city centre, on the hills. Cusco is definitely more pleasant from up here. Sat under an umbrella sipping coca tea and had a pleasant chat with two Germans, who also suggested a further walk up the hill to where the Christ statue was. So walked further up, passing through dry patches and alpaca poo… and then started sneezing non-stop! Am I allergic to alpaca poo? But the view from up there is beautiful and far away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Walked a bit more and then descended through a series of staircases, passing by a hardcourt where kids play street soccer and numerous houses. And that’s how people commute everyday: walking these stairs at about 3200m above sea level.