Travelog, part I

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.

Bolivian altiplano in late afternoon sunshine

Bolivian altiplano in late afternoon sunshine

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.

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Look closely--yes, that is a broom braced in the middle of the tree!

Look closely–yes, that is a broom braced in the middle of the tree!

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!

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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.

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Next: pictures from the Inca Trail!

More on this trip: Cuzco, Inca trail Days 1 and 2 and Day 3, Machu Picchu

About Sarah

I serve with Presbyterian World Mission as liaison to the Andean region. This blog is a place to share stories, experiences, and observations, both my own and those of friends and colleagues and the occasional item of news.
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