We left La Paz on a Friday afternoon afternoon, headed to Cuzco. I find the rural altiplano enchanting, but try not to romanticize the work of harvesting, planting, washing, and herding that seems so idyllic when seen through a bus window at any time of year.
We arrived in Cuzco two days before our trek, and had some time for relaxation and sightseeing around the city. I think Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas is perhaps the loveliest plaza I’ve ever seen.
Cuzco is most decidedly a tourist town, and many local people wander the center in traditional dress–often with farm animals in tow–offering to pose for pictures. I loved this mother’s smile!
The tourist market also makes it an attractive home for the face of globalization–the Plaza de Armas has a McDonald’s, Starbucks, and KFC.
Next: pictures from the Inca Trail!