South America

Cusco, Peru

Day 5- Contiki South America

Today we started off with a walking city tour of Cusco, Peru. Once capital city of the Inca Empire, Cusco was invaded by the Spanish in the 1500’s leaving a mixture of Spanish influenced buildings with an Inca architecture style.

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Koricancha or Santa Domingo Church, the original Inca temple devoted to the sun god.

Cusco, Peru

Unfortunately, I was not able to take any photos of the insides of the churches.  Still, a lot can be said about the interiors which containes walls covered in paintings, vaulted celings, and gold and silver alters dedicated to the various saints.

One very amusing and fascinating part of the interior of the cathedral was that even though it was built by the Spanish, they hired the native Incas to paint the artwork. The paintings the natives produced included various hidden Inca religious symbols such as: a lama in place of a horse, mountain and moon shapes in the women’s dresses, and my personal favorite, a guinea pig for The Last Supper.

Speaking of guinea pigs, yes, I tried one.  It tasted like a very chewy mix of pork and chicken, not very much meat on it as well.

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Cusco, Peru

In conclusion, I rather enjoyed Cusco. It’s a very modern city with tons of character and a wonderful night life.  I highly recommend.


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    Don Spidaliere
    October 11, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I’m curious, did anyone ask why they call them pigs (guinea “pigs”)? They actually look pretty delicious.

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    November 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Great pic great pose beautiful both you and the scenery

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    November 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    the pig looks delicious….. I want to come to Peru so bad :)

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    November 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    One of my friends is from Peru, she often speaks of how beautiful the place is – these pictures definitely capture some of that. Amazing :)

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      November 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      :) It’s definitely not what I expected, that’s for sure!

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    November 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    All Hail the sun god of pig!

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    Christina Humphries
    November 11, 2011 at 10:35 am

    i really dig sitting on a beach chairs while enjoying the site on this one! Great travel pics!

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    Jennifer Parra
    July 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Hi! Can you recommend the place where you had the guinea pig in Cusco? Going there soon and would love to go where you went!

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