December 29-30, Cusco, Peru
This cathedral was built after the arrival of the Spanish in mid 19th C and is the landmark of the central square of Cusco. It was within walking distance of our hotel, La Monasterio, which was converted from a monastery to a 5 star hotel.
This young man and several others were always about the hotel entrance wanting to sell art work. They would engage you in conversation and want a promise to buy paintings. Amy did buy a painting from a young man who gave his name as Tom Cruise.
This lady walked the lama around visitors to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a monumental fortress just outside Cusco used for ceremonies, asking to be paid for taking her picture. Our guide gave us the pronunciation aid for the site name: sexy woman.
Here is my picture of Machu Pichu during a clearing in the clouds, sunlight shining on the whole city. Walls seen here are only 40% of the height, the rest is below grade. Stones are fit so well that the walls, which incline toward the inside of the room, have survived the many quakes that Peru experiences.