Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Peru - Day 7 - Cusco - Family Lunch
The rain started last night and continued into this morning. Sigrid is still confined to the room with the Incan Revenge, but there are signs that it is getting better thanks to all the help we got. I ventured out with the group in the morning to tour the Cathedral of Cusco. The Cathedral was stunning but inside photos were not allowed.
The weather cleared in the afternoon as we headed to a local family's house for a home cooked meal. We considered this one of the real highlights of the trip. Sigrid and I both enjoy learning about how people live in different parts of the world. Sigrid was able to muster up enough energy to join us for the lunch. She would have been very disappointed to miss the visit. Our tour guides were so kind to alter the schedule so we could go back to the hotel and pick up Sigrid.
We were hosted by a very nice lady, her son, and granddaughter. The meal was delicious. As a way of saying thanks, we had all brought gifts for the family. We didn't know anything about the family before coming, so we guessed on the gifts. We lucked out since we had gifts for children with us. We figured that if there was no child the family, that we could give the gifts away to kids in the villages. The visit was everything we hoped it would be and we enjoyed it greatly.
We got back to the hotel in the nick of time. Sigrid was down for the rest of the day. Later in the afternoon, we were scheduled to go out to visit what Sigrid thought was an Alpaca farm. She insisted that I go and get photos. We took a taxi to our destination. On the way, we saw a huge rainbow. I didn't want to stop the taxi, so I waited until we got to our destination to take a photo. Unfortunately, the rainbow was mostly obscured by buildings and trees.
I did find a place to get this panoramic view of most of Cusco. Cusco is the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America. About 300,000 people live here. The city is a sea of red tile roofs from on high.
The Alpaca farm turned out to be a store selling Alpaca clothing and jewelry. A small misunderstanding. I did take photos of the store. The trip was worthwhile for the panoramic photo I was able to take while there.