Saturday, June 19, 2010

Travel Log: Wednesday, June 16, Ollantaytambo to Cuzco

We took a cab from Ollantaytambo to Urubamba, and then a colectivo - basically another cab, from Urubamba to Cuzco. The tourist population of Cuzco has grown since we were last here, and it is difficult to walk more than a few steps without being acosted by someone trying to sell you something: dinner, massage, city tour, sweater; and that pictoresque native in her beautiful Andean dress, with the baby on her back and
the baby lamb? - "take my foto mister?" Ugh!

The Plaza de Armas was crowded today with a dance contest, similar to what we witnessed our last night here last week. Beautiful costumes and dances. In the evening, in front of the Cathedral, we witnessed a couple of the groups performing these same dances, without their costumes, just for the pleasure of doing so. That was kinda neat to see: young people, in their early 20's, clearly more comfortable in western clothes, but still immensely proud of their cultural traditions.

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