Final day of Cusco
Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
12Trip End Jul 18, 2011
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Sadly, we had to check out of Andenes al Cielo, the most fantastic hotel experience... I would absolutely recommend that place to anyone. 60 bucks a night... I felt like I Was staying at the Ritz!
After wandering for the morning, it was time.....
Mike had never tried Cuy (guinea pig) which I happily choked down while on a horseback ride in Ecuador a few months prior. It was his turn. Our Pisac driver, Isaac, told us about a place that was just across the street from our new hotel Rumi Punku. Quinta Eulalia is a local spot visited by families out to lunch, business people, and not many tourists. No English was spoken there, but I definitely knew I was getting Pollo and Mike was having Cuy!
He went for it - a whole guinea pig... not quartered .... head, eyes, teeth, whiskers. mmmmmmmmmmmmm rodent.
I think the most disappointing thing for mike was that there wasn't enough meat. I really didn't love Cuy, so I'm happy I didnt eat it again. I enjoyed taking photos of the frisbee shaped Cuy, but that was it.
It's easy to lose days in Cusco - every building is interesting, every alley feels like a museum. I was happy to spend the final day here.
San Blas definitely stole our hearts - so we wanted to spend our last night there, relaxing and enjoying the neighborhood, artists, hippies and locals.
Just above the Plaza de San Blas is a narrow street with bars and street artists- we stopped into one and had an outdoor drink ... 2 for 1 mojitos? yes please.
Quick trip back to the stupid hotel, shower, back out! It was COLD when we got out... we had had a little too much to drink and didn't care much about dinner, but we knew we had to eat....so we hoofed it up Hatunrumiyoc, the steep street that leads up to the plaza san blas, where we'd just come from an hour before.
One place on the left had spaghetti - perfect. So we had nachos and spaghetti on our last night. I took a picture of the condor origami which I got a huge kick out of.
After dinner we visited one bar in the plaza to listen to live music. I bought a winter hat from a street vendor because I was cold- Mike was amazed at my impulse buy. I had already purchased quite a few of these hats but they were back at the hotel - it was 2 bucks... I explained that we'd easily spend twice that on a beer in the US... it didn't seem so amazing after that. My head was warm.
We soaked that in before heading to bed - our last night in Cusco was perfect.