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Published: February 15th 2012
Monument to Patachuteq
Five floors to the top!
Someone informed us this morning that it was Valentine´s Day. There were a few shops with red heart-shaped balloons around the door-frames and the Choco Museo had a few heart-shaped chocolates for sale but other than that, it does not appear to be publicised as it is in the UK! We went to the Chocolate museum again this morning to see if there was a cookery course available. However, it would appear that nobody wants to cook Peruvian food, just make chocolate so we have booked ourselves onto a 2-hour chocolate making course for our return to Cusco in a couple of days' time as we are now Cusco'd out and there is very little to see in the town that we haven't already seen!!
This morning we walked to the last museum on our tourist ticket - a statue of Patachuteq, the most important Inca ruler. This monument is a fairly recent addition, built around 1980 something. It is a circular tower with a gold statu of Patachuteq on top and you can walk up the tower and have views over Cusco. Each level gives more of the history of the Incas and of Patachuteq. Following that, we walked back and passed a small cafe and as it was past lunch time, we saw a sign for coffee and a sandwich for 5 soles (roughly 1.25GBP). We ordered a chicken sandwich each and asked if the cappucino was included rather than coffee and the waitress inferred that it was. We got up to leave and left 10 soles plus a small tip on the table. The waitress came running after us with a bill for 25 soles and said that we had had cappucino and not coffee and we needed to pay more. We stood our ground and refused to pay any extra and the waitress threw her hands in the air and finally gave up on us although we soon put our raincoats and overtrousers on due to the rain and to disguise ourselves from the local police.......
Following our not very nice sandwich and not very nice cappucino, we walked to the Casa de Cocha (which translates as the Macchu Picchu museum) explaining the discovery of Macchu Picchu in 1911 with photos of the site at that time and with explanation that this was probably the summer palace of an Incan ruler. There were also archaeological finds from the site. Thought it was worth going to before going to see Macchu Picchu itself in a couple of days' time.
Walked back via Starbucks for a latte and a few minutes' read of our books and back to the hotel to search Trip Advisor for a half-way decent restaurant for supper.
Had an early supper at Jack's Cafe Bar (no 8 on Trip Advisor recommended list!) which was very good and not particularly expensive......
Again, back to the hotel in the pouring rain to write up this blog and an early night.
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