We've been in Cusco about a week and the last few days have been a treat for the senses with the lead up to Easter. We have had some great meals, and some terrible meals (the local market ceviche might have caused some stomach issues). I ate guinea pig (Sorry Taunée), not so great really but something different. We watched a big procession in the main square where they paraded a Jesus statue which stopped an earthquake apparently some years ago.
Today we wandered around a huge street market. The market in particular was great and insane, thousands of people displaying all kinds of foods on blankets, most on the floor surrounded by mud from the rain which had just fallen. Streets and streets of people, mud and produce. Fruit next to raw fish next to pieces of meat next to vegetables I couldn't identify, next to chopped up pieces of some creature or other. Loudspeakers blaring for some edible thing which never seemed to cost more than one or two sole. At one point I turned around and a guy was displaying his live maggots, twice the size of my thumb which he makes medicine from. Babies sleeping next to piles of grapes and children playing in piles of onions. It really was a feast for the senses. And not another tourist in sight which was a nice change for Cusco.
Tomorrow we head out to the mountains and start our 5 day trek to Machu Picchu. It'll be good to get back to nature for awhile. See you on the flip side!