South America | Peru | Southern Peru | Cuzco (Cusco) – a weekend in Cusco
I spent my birthday weekend in Cusco with my friend Edda, who is teaching German there for 3 months. It was a lot colder than Trujillo and I felt rough from the moment I arrived. Edda had ordered me a chocolate birthday cake (they love their cakes here in Peru) and took me out for Alpaca steak in white wine sauce on the evening of my birthday, it was delicious.
On Sunday the carnival in Peru reached its peak, which meant, that everybody got involved in a huge water fight. People (not only kids) throw water bombs; arm themselves with enormous water pistols and tipp bucket-loads of water over whoever is unlucky enough to walk past. After two seconds of leaving the house, my trousers were soaked. In spite of the danger we managed to go to Pisac market, it was like being In the line of fire, we had to duck and hide and try to avoid the buckets being tipped of the balconies.
Pisac market is very nice; I bought some lovely Indian blankets and some other gorgeous souvenirs to remind me of my trip. They dont sell any handicrafts in Trujillo so it was my only chance to shop and I went for it .
On Monday we got up early and visited Sacaiwaman, a huge fortress made from perfectly fitted, cyclopean limestone boulders (some as large as 300 tons). I really enjoyed the guided tour.
My return journey to Trujillo unfortunately turned into a bit of a nightmare. My flight to Lima was altogether 20 hours delayed and the busses from Lima to Trujillo were on strike. It took me altogether 29 hours to get back and apart from the Indian blanket I now have the flue to remind me of my trip to Cusco.