CHRISTMAS DAY IN CUSCO

Dec 27, 2015by tracey Comments

I warned you there was not going to be much in the way of chronology with these blogs.  The reason this did not get posted yesterday was we were in Machu Picchu last night where we had zero wifi.

We did not loll around on Christmas morning. It was up early, breakfast and in the lobby to meet handsome Luis, our guide for the next three days, inject smiley face – Luis was taking us to Sacsayhuamán, an Inca amphitheater that is older than Machu Picchu.  Since the foreigners can’t pronounce it, it is always referred to as Sexy Woman.

Glenn paid a lot of attention to what Luis had to say about the history of the Sexy Woman. The girls who are suddenly obsessed with llamas and alpacas chased the llamas and alpacas around in search of the perfect photo op.

After a brief stop at an Incan cave we went to a llama and alpaca farm where they could get up close and personal with the critters. Up close and personal resulted in Lucy and I getting spat on. I have always heard llamas can spit, but it is one of those things you really need to experience to understand. First off they projectile spit, outwards and in my case he did it upwards and it cascaded down into my hair. I know – gross. Merry Christmas to me.  And it really smells. Like disgusting. So, try and avoid llama spit is the moral of this story.

We were all pretty tired. Not Glenn, he never gets tired. But the altitude gets to you and the girls and I started tingling and it was raining. So by the end of the day we all whined for some hotel time.

We get up early and head to Machu Pichu tomorrow morning. And hey, it is Christmas, so naps, massages and a tiny walk were a perfect way to spend the rest of the day.

Quinoa pancakes. Quinoa has grown here forever. And it has been a big part of the Peruvian diet. Now that the rest of the world has caught on it is very good for the economy up here. They are exporting it like crazy.
Quinoa pancakes. Quinoa has grown here forever. And it has been a big part of the Peruvian diet. Now that the rest of the world has caught on it is very good for the Peruvian economy . They are exporting it like crazy.
All sorts of cereals made out of different grains. Quinoa included!
All sorts of cereals made out of different grains. Quinoa included.
And then all these different flavored, natural sugars.
And then all these different flavored, natural sugars.
Sexy Woman covers so much space you can't capture it in one shot. This is a small part of it. The stones were quarried from two miles away and rolled to the sight and then stacked on top of each other without using an mortar or clay, so they just adhere to each other by gravity. Considering they did this in the mid 14th century it's pretty impressive.
Sexy Woman covers so much space you can’t capture it in one shot. This is a small part of it. The stones were quarried from two miles away and rolled to the sight and then stacked on top of each other without using an mortar or clay.  So they just adhere to each other by gravity. Considering they did this in the mid 15th century it’s pretty impressive.
Another part.
Another part.
See Glenn is listening.
See Glenn is listening.
Found em.
I found some!
Let's go guys!
Let’s go guys!
Loner in every crowd. These might be alpacas.
Loner in every crowd. This is an alpaca.
Cutest guy I know.
Cutest guy I know.
From kind of far away I zoomed in on this woman working.
From far away I zoomed in on this woman working.
She was collecting this to burn for fuel.
She was collecting this to burn for fuel or medicinal purposes. We don’t remember.  But she was working her butt off.
While her husband sat on his fat ass. I have seen this all over the world and it pisses me off.
While her husband sat on his fat ass. I have seen this all over the world and it pisses me off.
She finally saw me and came over. She asked for money but sweetly. I gave her 10 soles which adds up $3.00. I told her to make him work. Luis translated it. She laughed.
She finally saw me and came over. She sweetly asked for money. I gave her 10 soles which adds up $3.00. I told her to make him work. Luis translated it. She laughed.
And then she ran and gave it to him. Dope. I need to come back here and teach a course in how to be a wife.
And then she ran over and gave him the money.  Dopey move on her part. I need to come back here and teach a course in how to be a wife. Rule #1 – keep the $.
We went to a farm the had alpacas, llamas, something else of the same family and vicunas. This is a vicuna. If it looks a tad on the snooty side it is. It's because vicuna is the most expensive fabric in the world. A small scarf runs close to three grand. This guy knows he will be coddled for his coat that in turn will be someone else's coat that will cost up to ten thousand dollars.
We went to a farm that had alpacas, llamas, something else of the same family and vicunas. This is a vicuna. If it looks a tad on the snooty side – it is. It’s because vicuna is the most expensive fabric in the world. A small scarf runs close to three grand. This guy knows he will be coddled for his coat, that in turn will be someone else’s coat that will cost up to ten thousand dollars.
Llama selfie. You could say we spent much of Christmas Day feeding the hungry. Jut not the right kind perhaps.
Llama selfie. You could say we spent much of Christmas Day feeding the hungry. Just not the right kind perhaps. These guys have no shame.
This guy was a pig. He liked Taylor. He spat on Lucy and me.
This guy was a pig. He liked Taylor. He spat on Lucy and me.
But like many cads he had a certain charm.
But like many cads he had a certain charm.
He wasn't messing around. But he was very sweet.
He wasn’t messing around. But he was very sweet.
All he wanted a little grass.
All he wanted was a little grass.
My impersonation of a llama eating.
My impersonation of a llama eating. He is not amused.
The llama, alpaca farm was one of those places where they show you how they make the wool and they weave for you. I'm never nuts for those things, but this one I kind of liked.
The llama, alpaca farm was one of those places where they show you how they make the wool and they weave it for you. I’m never nuts for those things, but this one I kind of liked.

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Part of me feel it's exploitive which it is I guess an the other part says they need to make a living. We bought stuff.
Part of me feels it’s exploitive which it is I guess and the other part says they need to make a living. We bought stuff.
This woman worked with her baby there. We fell in love with this baby.
This woman worked with her baby there. We fell in love with this baby.
So you justify it by saying this baby has to eat and this mother is able to feed her. Lucy wants to bring home a baby and a llama. I said no to both. I would go for a vicuna, but they only live here.
So you justify it by saying this baby has to eat and this mother is able to feed her. Lucy wants to bring home a baby and a llama. I said no to both. I would go for a vicuna, but they only live here in Peru.
This house was across the street. I just liked it.
This house was across the street. I just liked it. It gives a sense of what some of the houses look like.
We went up to where the big Jesus is and looked down at the city.
We went up to where the big Jesus is and looked down at the city.
Sexy woman, llamas and a giant Jesus on Christmas Day, I'm fine with that.
Sexy woman, llamas and a giant Jesus on Christmas Day, I’m fine with that.
This one is better. Taylor took it. Of course.
This one is better. Taylor took it. Of course.
Our family Christmas Day shot. SMILE LUCY!
Our family Christmas Day shot. SMILE LUCY!

Before I go, Glenn just asked me to tell you all that  Sacsayhuamán  translates into The Fortress of the Falcon. And the decisive battle between the Spanish and the Incas for the control of Cusco took place there. I certainly feel better telling you that.

I just can’t go out on that note, so I give you a smiling Lucy with an alpaca with the same hair color as hers.

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