Cusco, day 3
Trip Start Jul 20, 2012
40Trip End Aug 30, 2012
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When the Spanish invaded they were amazed the Inca made more food than they needed and this was a result of the research and knowledge they gained at places such as this. It looked like the sight may have been a previous volcano, but no mention was made of this by the guide.
After this we travelled to the Maras salt pan mines which were a bit hair raising as the road down to them was single lane only and if another bus or car was coming our way either our bus or the other vehicle had to reverse until a wider part of the road allowed 2 cars to be there at the same time
I found this an amazing place to visit and learnt that there are over 500 salt pans and they are all owned by the local people/families. We saw 2 people working on one of the pans and donkeys carrying full bags of dried salt to the top of the valley.
We got dropped off in the town square and had some lunch and a walk around the old town and plaza, such a pretty spot.
We got back via cab to the hotel and had a siesta and then showered and ready for a dinner as a group and then salsa dancing was the plan but we all opted out after a fabulous dinner as we were tired. The restaurant we went to was in the plaza near the cathedral and was called Limo, it had an English written menu and was fine dining. The presentation and taste of the food was equal to anywhere in the world and we all loved it from our pisco sour to our chocolate truffle tart with mandarins!!
What was obvious today was the work the children do in minding the animals and contributing to the welfare of the family, we saw no evidence of children just playing as they were involved in work of some sort whenever we saw them.
Children under 10years were minding the family animals and out in fields with no other people around, sometimes sitting under a tree seeking some shade.