The modest climb to our hotel seemed to be increasingly difficult as the day progressed, and if we had been another 100 feet up the hill, I'm not sure if we would have made it back up to our room. Our hotel offered hot coca tea 24/7; this is a local remedy for altitude problems and we drank several cups a day. Dehydration is part of the issue, so we also made certain to push our water consumption as well. Cusco is a city of almost half a million, but since we were staying in the historic center, it seemed like a small town. Festival of the Crosses is celebrated in the final week of May, but festivities started early, and during our visit, fireworks, parties and parades in the streets occurred nightly. Festivities offer thanks for the harvest.
|La Compania Church|
The following day, we boarded a bus for a day trip through the Sacred Valley.