|The steps BEFORE the steps!|
In preparation for our hike up Machu Picchu, we've started getting back in to taking long walks which invariably lead us to the outskirts of el Centro. Yesterday, as we've done a few times in the past, we hiked up to Mirador Turi, a charming little church on one of the lower surrounding hills. Now, be that as it may you must, walk through half the city, climb a steep set of stairs and cross a highway just to get to the starting point of the hike up the 439 stairs that lead to a church and the village that surrounds it. (But this certainly isn't an 18km, 9 hour hike that we'll be attempting in Peru. Did I mention we hike like that for five days???) Anyhow, usually when you get to the top of the stairs, you turn and admire the stunning view of the heart of the city, perhaps enjoy some of the local cuisine, admire the church, if it's opened and then truck back down the stairs and head home. But this, we did not do.
We also noticed that the dogs were very mellow here. They were enjoying their sueñacita ( meaning "little dream", not siesta, as in Mexico). Not a single one barked at us and very few even bothered to lift their heads. We were the only gringos on that side of the mountain and our visit was met with cautious welcome. (Head nods, but very few vocal greetings, despite our offer of "Buenas tardes" (good afternoon).
|View of El Centro|
Stayed tuned to hear about our first Cuencano fiesta. (Sin fotos or without photos)