Cusco was the capital of the Inca empire and the old part of Cuzco is the original narrow alleys and stone and adobe buildings. At some time in the near future the narrow streets which are unsuitable for modern traffic will be pedestrianised, but for the moment the traffic is a nightmare. There are numerous traffic police doing their best to keep traffic moving. All of them are women because it is assumed that women are less likely to be vulnerable to corruption! Nice thought!
We started the day by walking through the town. Although there are numerous women and girls dressed up in traditional finery, ready to pose for photographs for a small fee, I found the ordinary folk in their work clothes far more interesting.
The local bread is sold from the pavement.
We visited a Catholic convent which had been built on top of an ancient Inca temple. It seems that the local people still worship their ancient gods, despite being ardent Catholics. Some of the paintings in the convent were quite amusing as they interpreted the Christian story in a most unique and Inca fashion.
The most interesting thing though was the construction of the ancient Inca buildings. Built to withstand earthquakes, they have stood for centuries the structure of the stones being dependent on a design that reminded one of lego bricks. Perfectly carved keys fitting into perfectly formed holes. All constucted in perfect symmetry by a people who had neither writing or the means to write down any calculations.
From there we went to the local market, where we saw on sale ordinary produce alongside frog soup and guinea pigs sold for the pot. The market was fascinating and very colourful.