kids are kids everywhere...
what really had me perplexed was the way children just walk around cusco, at the youngest of ages. coming from a society of 'danger' with sexual predators and perverts lurking around, i was quite shocked at seeing such young children walking home from school, or kicking a ball on the street, or as these kids were doing in the photo, playing 'tazos'. (discs you turn upside down, then you get a heavy disc/coin and whack it down and flip some up to reveal pics, then you keep). anyway i would often show my surprise, but mr w_w wasnt phased by it. he said thats peru. from a young age he was on the streets always playing with his friends as well. it amazed me, because it's definitely not like that in australia, not from the age of 5! kids are so grown up in peru, from a young age they do things for their parents, they go out in the street, and in rural communities, they work. but it was lovely to see happy children, playing out on the streets, trying not to kick the football into the tourists ;-)
Bulls on the roof
There are little ceramic bulls on all the rooftops in the Sacred Valley. They are supposed to bring good luck, and fertility, to the household. Many roofs had a cross between the bulls.
Some roofs also have flowers. The flowers go up the day you put the roof on (even if the doors and windows aren't in yet) and there is a celebration.
You can make that trip although the train may fill up quickly. It gets crowded and a bit hectic in the lobby so watch your belongings. Not sure there are places you can purchase your MP ticket around AC. Once you get up to the entrance of MP, you can just pay them the fee. When I was there in Spring '07, we toured it, jumped on a shuttle, and handed over the ticket to enter that was given to us; pretty straight forward. For $5 more, go out and climb Huyna Picchu. You get to the top and the view is amazing, well worth the effort.
Travelling to Machu Picchu you have to pass by Cuzco and it´s worth to stay a while, because Cuzco as well means Party, Party, Party. As far as I know there are more than 60 discos in Cuzco where peruvians foreigners meet and have fun. wear what you want
the perfect place for a perfect dinner
When you walk into Pacha Papa, you walk through a short corridor to a courtyard with tables and a big stone-fire oven. Take a quick left through the door, and you're in the restaurant room - homey, cozy and woody with a fireplace (more like one of those old stoves, but it works). The menu is a big selection of authentic Peruvian comfort food (except surprisingly no dishes with quinoa, at least the 3 times I went there - one of which I was itching for quinoa soup).
Just go - get a mug of chica de jora and bon appétit! (Also a great place to make new friends - the dining room is small, and conversations with neighbors is inevitable.)