While exploring the cobblestone streets of Cusco, I observed so many artists selling woolen and alpaca goods, jewelry and artwork. Every shop I entered had stacks and stacks of colourful and wonderfully soft hats, sweaters, and scarves.
I saw and heard lots of Peruvian dancing and music that was entertaining to watch. The locals were really nice considering I didn’t know much Spanish at all. Most of the locals are so short and it made me feel like a giant. The doors of many shops seemed like half-sized doors to me. I absolutely felt like a giant in a dollhouse!
Many women wear wide brimmed hats, skirts, rainbow knit wraps and ponchos, complete with two long braids down their back tied together at the ends. At the San Pedro market, I experimented by eating alpaca bruschetta. It was pretty salty, but very tasty. The favourite meal I consumed in Cusco was called the “Peruvian Favourite”: chicken and rice with yellow peppy dijon sauce, walnuts, black olives, and a bit of hard-boiled egg on top. Delicious! A few people ordered the guinea pig, or “cuy.” I tried a teeny tiny piece! It simply tasted like chicken – no surprise there.
Speaking of guinea pigs, while I was eating dinner I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and who should I see but a giant guinea pig asking to dance with me! It was so huge and round I could barely get my arms around its belly and we danced awkwardly together. I couldn’t stop laughing and I could hear the guy laughing behind the costume as well.
During my time in Cusco it was very chilly in the morning and very chilly at night but warm and sunny during the day. I happily bought an alpaca sweater, scarf, and some alpaca socks which are amazingly warm. Each night I curled up in bed with my soft socks and scarf on. I also wheeled the radiator as close as it could get to my bedside so I was cozy as could be.