First Day in Cusco

Today has been another incredible day.

Saqsaywaman Fortress

The archeological site was amazing, it is unbelievable that the Inkas were ahead of time in so many ways, specially with architecture. We learned a lot about that in Saqsaywaman. Saqsaywaman is a citadel on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, Peru, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Sections were first built by the Killke culture about 1100; they had occupied the area since 900. The complex was expanded and added to by the Inca from the 13th century; they built dry stone walls constructed of huge stones. The workers carefully cut the boulders to fit them together tightly without mortar. 

Joinery detail

After Francisco Pizarro finally entered Cuzco, his brother Pedro Pizarro described, "on top of a hill they [the Inca] had a very strong fort surrounded with masonry walls of stones and having two very high round towers. And in the lower part of this wall there were stones so large and thick that it seemed impossible that human hands could have set them in place...they were so close together, and so well fitted, that the point of a pin could not have been inserted in one of the joints. The whole fortress was built up in terraces and flat spaces." 

After that we had a a picnic next to Saqsaywaman , it was a buffet with delicious food and a great view.

Then we returned downhill to the upper part of the city to San Blas a very cute neighborhood, with narrow streets and shops, where we had a beautiful view of the city. We went to a shop that sold Peruvian instruments. Those new sounds were beautiful!!!

Later on we had a small tour at the chocolat museum, where the students were taught the process of the cacao and what needs to happen before we have a chocolat bar in our hands.

At the end we went back to El Mercado De San Pedro and some of us bought a
few presents. After the market we returned to our host families and are spending dinner and some more time with them!