Peru, June 2005, Cuzco & the Sacred Valley

Touring Cuzco

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Start at this link, our Hotel Don Carlos. Cusco is a pretty city, and skies are blue here. Tourism has meant that there are many, many beggars or people selling small curios, very much "in your face." And that was disappointing. Because we came to Cusco at the end of our tour, after going to the towns along the Urubamba River, and to Machu Picchu, where there was active selling in the markets but not much in the streets, I found it disconcerting to always be avoiding the vendors and beggars. One old lady would hold her hat out for a donation and bat you with it if you didn't produce.
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©Clare Durst 2005