Peru Photoblog Part 4: Cusco I

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When I arrived to Cusco, I felt like like my head was disconnected from my body. I hadn’t had a proper rest since arriving in Peru six days earlier. Jet-lag, lack of sleep and altitude sickness had taken a toll on me and, now I was alone, I crashed. Even still, it was impossible to overlook the beauty of this sunny city in the sky – Cusco is 3,400m above sea level. I would later meet a regular skydiver from England who told me that this is a common altitude he jumps from. Here, in the Plaza de Armas, fly the flags of Cusco and Peru.

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This is another angle of Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. I just thought it was funny to see a bunch of young Peruvians dragging wheelie bins around picking up the rubbish. They were laughing and chatting animatedly.

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My first feed in Cusco was roasted cuy (guinea pig) in Cusco’s Plaza Regocijo. I didn’t want my first experience of cuy to be alone. However, at this point, I didn’t know how much longer I was going to say in Cusco as I was already seriously considering going down to a lower altitude to rest up. In the end, it was a good call. The next day, the markets were gone and I left as well for a little city in the desert named Nazca.

As I waited for my order, I turned around to take this quick snap of the stall’s wares from the POV of the owners (the chef got in the way just as I pressed the button but what can you do?) I ended up eating guinea pig two more times after this but this was the only time the skin was thin and crispy – delicious, like Chinese roast duck. Across the tiny table, a young American woman chatted in Spanish to her Peruvian boyfriend. I didn’t have the heart nor the strength to interrupt them and share my first guinea pig experience. They were having a nice private meal anyway. 

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All photos were shot on 35mm film, using my little Ricoh camera. Check out Lucky35, a vintage film camera exchange based in Sydney.

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