Day 111 - Stuffed animals, chocolate and dancing

Trip Start Jun 14, 2013
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Flag of Peru  , Quintana Roo,
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Today is our last full day in Cusco. We were unsure of what to do. After breakfast we were in the main square looking around. We had nothing that wasn't a few hours away to do left on our Cusco tourist tickets except for a show that starts at 6.30pm tonight along Av Sol. We went to walk into the main cathedral for a look but the charge was 10soles which we thought was not worth it, so we moved on. As we were walking through the next street we noticed a nature museum we thought we'd have a look in. It only cost 3 soles, we were not sure what it would be like and we got a bit of a surprise when we walked in to see stuffed animals in glass boxes. I'm guessing they would be animals native to the area. There was all sorts of birds, spiders, insects, sloths, wild cats including a full grown puma, skunks and a lot of fake vegetables to show all the different kinds of potatoes and corn they grow. The strangest part of this museum was the deformed animals, goats with 2 heads, llamas with 2 bodies, a baby pig with 2 extra legs and a tail, it was freaky. After finishing up there we headed up the road in search of a chocolate factory we had been given discount tickets for a few days before. It didn't take long to find it and we went in for a free tour. It was only very small but it was pretty good, upstairs there is information on how they turn the colorful cacao bean into chocolate, they had a fake cacao tree so you get see what they look like. We got to sample some chocolate, chocolate jam infusions with stuff like strawberry or pineapple and chocolate liqueur infusions with coffee or orange, they were really strong. They also hold a chocolate making class in their kitchen for a fee, we didn't participate but we did watch, it looked interesting. Then there is the cafe were they serve coffee or hot chocolate or anything that involves chocolate. We had ice chocolate milk shakes with brownies, the brownies were huge, we could have shared one. In the eating area was all the information on the history of chocolate, some interesting points were that cacao also produces cocain and 90% of the south Americas cacao was used for cocain. Also William Cadbury was the first to abolish slavery from chocolate making in the United States. After stuffing ourselves full of brownie we headed off and walked around some places we had not been to yet, just to see a bit more of Cusco. After a while we decided to grab a bottle of wine and head back to our hostel to start packing and getting ready for tomorrow as we were going to see the dance show tonight. We spent the afternoon drinking wine, packing up our things and getting ready to go out to the culture dance show. It started at 6.30, we had planned to get there early but accidentally lost track of time and didn't leave our hostel until 6.20. We got there at 6.45 and it still hadn't started. We got a seat in a pretty packed little theater and the show begun at 7pm and went for an hour. A lady would come out and describe the performance that was about to happen in Spanish and English, then the performers would come out and do the dance. It was a little bit like a school performance in parts but it did get better. The music was performed by musicians, the costumes were all really good and the dances were showcasing the culture of the Peruvian people. The performers also sung at time while dancing and the girls sang in a very high pitch which was pretty funny. We left a little before the show ended to get ahead of the crowd and went and tried Bembos for dinner, a fast food chain we've only seen in Peru, it was ok, Bobbie didn't like it. That night we watched the finale to Breaking Bad, which was incredible. What a great ending to a brilliant tv show.
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