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Published: November 5th 2018
Today we joined another for group to visit two more remote sites. Similar to yesterday we went to tour agency office and the man escorted us to Place De Armas, found our group and we followed the guide again to the same bus stop. First stop was to the Andahuaylillas Church although he encouraged us to go into a shop first before the church. Seems to be a common thing like in China. At the church, there is a 15 soles entry fee as it is not on the Cusco tourist ticket. Then we noticed a sign saying no photos so I just a took a peek into the church and decided not to go in. Daisy went in with the guide and a handful of others. I just waited outside and spoke to two guys from Munich.
Second stop was Pikillaqta which was a pre-inca village occupied by the Wari people and it was interesting to see that they were also very good at stone work but not quite up to the same standard as the later Inca buildings.
Next was a stop at as bakery where quite a few people bought bread, before our last stop at
Tipon. This Inca site is not visited by as many people because it is away from the other major sites, but it very impressive. It has very large terraces for agricultural use and an amazing system of water channels for irrigation and many lovely fountains. It’s a shame that many people miss this site.
Final stop was for optional lunch at a small town called Saylia. The guide took our orders and the food was ready when we arrived. We sat with Ryan from Florida who has been traveling overland from Columbia.
We got back to Cusco at 15:45 and we decided to visit the Monument to Pachacutec. We walked 1km to the spot that the Maps.me app said and could not see it, so we asked a couple of young men and it ended up being another 800 metres away. It was large statue of him on top of a 5 storey stone tower which has an exhibition about him.
After that we still had time to see one more thing on our tourist ticket but didn't feel like walking another 2kms so we took a chance and caught a local bus going in the general
direction. Because we'd already taken a bus in Lima we know it would be very cheap. I watched where we were on Maps.me and just as we approached the the area the conductor came up and we gave her some money and she assumed we were trying to get to Place de Armas and told us in Spanish to get off at this stop. Then the man next to Daisy gave us instructions in Spanish. Everyone was so helpful. We intended visiting the Museo de Sitio next to the Santa Domingo church but first stopped for coffee and ended up going into the free Quechua Museum next door. The museum is actually a shop but they had a few displays so that it looked like a museum. The goods were good quality and well priced and we ended up buying some things.
We then walked down to the Centro Cosco Arte de Nativo which is a 60 minute show of Peruvian native music and dance. There was also a 15 minute video before the show started about Cusco. The show was very colourful and we enjoyed.Luckily it was just a short 500m walk home and to bed early for
me as I have to be ready for a 3.45am pick up tomorrow morning.
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