Day 174-175 – Cusco, PE

Day 174-175 – Cusco, PE       02/11-12/11       Mileage: 0

Typical morning of blog and email accompanied by the typical rainy weather. Around 11 the light rain stopped, the sun came out and it looked like it would last awhile, so I made a dash for archeological site of  Sacsayhuaman which is on a hill just outside of town. It’s a good walk up there…uphill all the way. I passed a young women also walking up and she started chatting with me as we were walking. It turns out Dayana was a guide on her way up to work but offered to give me a private tour. Can’t say no to that, right guys?  😉  Well, she is as knowledgeable as she is cute…oh, and she speaks 4 languages.

Me and a few alpaca’s. I’m glad they don’t know I ate one of their cousins the other day!

The Inca archeological site of Sacsayhuaman

The Inca’s revered the puma…do you see the stones placed in the shape of a puma’s paw?

The view of Cusco from Sacsayhuaman….

She also took me to tour the nearby ruins at Qenqo which were modest in size but interesting nonetheless.

I asked if she would like to join me for lunch in town so we went to a nice place close to the plaza that serves typical local food. I said I have been meaning to try cuy and she said it was really good at this place. So, what is cuy you ask…well…it’s whole fried guinea pig.

The aftermath…

Oh, and what did she get…chicken! Lol. Well, I can tell you now with certainty that guinea pig does not taste like chicken. What it does taste like I’m not sure, but it’s not good. So, with that checked off the trip to-do list, I said thank you and goodbye to Dayana and went back to my room for a shower and to do some homework on Machu Picchu. At night I went to a nice tapas bar that I had scoped out the day before. The food was as good as the wine and it was a bit expensive….but worth every centavo…

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10 Responses to Day 174-175 – Cusco, PE

  1. Deborah says:

    O.M.G. I’m so going to have a nightmare involving a skinned guinea pig tonight…. ack…

    LOL! Up to that moment I’d say you were living the dream … but, then… well… you lived the nightmare!

    Otherwise … excellent round of photos! At first I was impressed by the Inca Power fist in the air salute (like the Feminist or Black Power symbol of solidarity/power fist in the air) and then you said it was a puma paw!!!

    Have fun!!! Deb

  2. lisa says:

    Omg! My nephew Adam just got a guinea pig! Holy Shit!!! Love Love Love all the pics of Machu Pichu! Just amazing! Finally going to Philly this weekend and off next week so lets try to skype. Miss you, LIsa

  3. carla friedman says:

    Pictures of the archeology are amazing and so is the guinea pig…ug. You are certainly doing it all and I love being part of it. Enjoy.

  4. Lynn Hilliard says:

    Ewwwww…guinea pig…cute little pets….ewwwwww. And, did they have to put the freaking pepper ears?

    When you see the picture of you with the rocks and get the perspective of how big they are it’s totally amazing.

    Your guide was adorable…maybe you should have stayed awhile.

    Lynn

    • Lenny says:

      Don’t worry…I won’t be ordering cuy again anytime soon!

      She was adorable…maybe your right! 😉 It would have been a great way to practice my Spanish as well! LOL

  5. Pete Shebey says:

    Dayana was hot dude!

    The ruins were amazing and thank you for the wonderful pictttures! You look lean as hell? How much lbs did you lose?

    I started to worry since it was a few days since your last post! Looking forward to more pics, be safe dude!

    Pete

    • Lenny says:

      Ha…thanks Pete! I’m sure there will be some long gaps in posts from Bolivia, so stay tuned to the SPOT tracker for my current location. Yeah, not sure about the weight, but it’s easy to trim down a bit from being a desk jockey for years! LOL

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