8th July 2013 - free day in cusco . We got up and went to the store to by bread and ham and cheese fie breakfast. The driver picked us up from hotel to go horse riding. It was interesting as we went in his own car. Then picked up guide, he wAs a nice peruvian man who also knew the inca language Quechuan
We arrived at the horses just standing around with no fences and the owner walked over to th e horses and caught the three. The saddles were very basic but then he added the sheepskin over the top and they were good to ride in. We went to the moon temple first and walked onto the area. This was generally a woman's temple and in October they ha e a ceremony where they get high and wait for the full moon Amd stand on the perfectly carved round table and the moonlight comes through the roof. The men were also allowed in and at the door was the remains of the three animals. The snake was long and well carved, the puma which u could only see the legs and belly and the llama which u couldn't really see but with a torch. He explained about the llama sacrifice they performed outside. This was Aldo where he said were guinea pig cages and that u can not give a g pig water as they get it from the grass. Who knows og these were really the cages. Back on the horses to go to another sacred place. We rode past a old man and lady squashing the potatoes with their feet and we stopped and they were very juicy and again a crazy dog guarding the place. We had to walk into the area and then climb down into a cave. At the edge u could look straight down and this is where the guide said that they again sacrificed a llama and threw the blood down into the water below. This festival happens in October he also said that the high school kids come and have a games session to see who was the best. It was a beautiful site and we had a bit of a picnic here I'm the sun. Then all the way back and the whole ride lasted all morning. We got the car back with the wife and two kids in the back as well as saddles. It cost about 84s each but I enjoyed the fresh air and space.
That afternoon we went into the inca museum and it showed lots of pottery and this one room that u could see the dead people in ancestor cave. There was no gold or silver and we had been told that the gold is tears of the sun and silver tears of the moon. I bought a weaving piece as the woman were there showing how it was done.
Then a taxi to the markets and this us where the locals shop. We walked around and looked at all the good and bought some nuts and fruit. But the food side was very interesting as they cook in these little stalls and they had there menu up and we just tried an egg dish. It was rice, little chips and a bit of tomato and eggs on top. It cost 3 s and then she fried a banana but I didn't like it. The man beside was drinking something he said was good fir digestion but we didn't try it. Sarah then bought the bright shawls that the women carry stuff on backs with. I asked the woman to show me how to tie it and she had it folded and on my back in a flash. I walked around the markets with it and all the old people though it was very funny a gringo carrying what most use to carry babies. We walked back to hotel and just chilled out. We went to bed early but still cold during the night.
Written by Christine Smith.