Other posts about this trip to Peru and Chile:
Before venturing to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, I first toured the central district of Cusco. I figured it would be good to stay close to home while getting used to the altitude.
On the day I arrived in Cusco, I went to the T’ikariy Tours desk in the lobby of my hotel, the Palacio del Inka. The agent arranged a walking tour for the next afternoon.
The tour began at the Church of Santo Domingo across the street from the hotel.
This church is built on the remains of the Inca Temple of the Sun.
The Cusco Cathedral has a large painting of the last supper in which the Judas figure is given the face of Francisco Pizarro. Photos are not permitted inside the cathedral.
We ended the afternoon at the Cusco city market.
This market reminded me very much of the City Market in Indianapolis, Indiana, my hometown.
There are many more sights and attractions in Cusco. This walking tour gave me a chance to see some of them, learn a little of the history of Cusco, and become somewhat accustomed to the 11,200 foot altitude before the trip to Machu Picchu.