Loki Hostel in Cuzco offers a daily free walking tour. The tour takes you to some of the famous sites around the city, as well as a couple cool restaurants that the hostel is promoting. The first stop was a free vegetarian restaurant owned by an Indian family. They ask for a donation that goes to feeding poor children in nearby small villages. We sampled the food and they told us about how to volunteer to help feed the kids. We are trying to go do it before we leave Cuzco. Next we walked to the Plaza de Armas, Cuzco’s famous square. From here you can access many famous churches and restaurants. The flag of Cuzco is actually rainbow stripes, causing many people to mistake it for the gay pride flag!
After the plaza, we walked to the Museo do Cacao where they let us sample cacao-leaf tea and showed us where chocolate comes from. We also sampled the “aji” (spicy) chocolate and the dark, which were both amazing.
Next, we walked down an old alley; on the right was a wall built by the Incas. The Spanish had knocked down the top of their building, but the bottom 10 feet or so remained. The blocks were huge, some a couple feet wide, and fit together perfectly (you couldn’t fit a piece of paper between them). The best part was that every rock was a different size and shape, the coolest one having 12 sides.
Another cool part of the tour was playing with an alpaca and a vicuña! The vicuña thought our blonde hair looked similar to the grass they eat in the wild. Thus we kind of had to watch out to not get bitten on the noggin!
We spent the end of our walking tour at the food market, satisfying our appetites with seafood soup and beer smoothies!!! All in all, the Loki free walking tour was a great time!