Day 2 started with a traditional peruvian breakfast of bread, butter, jelly, cheese and a little yogurt…not to mention some fresh squeezed papaya juice with some cinnamon (or something like it) sprinkled in, which was particularly amazing. After breakfast we rested and showered. The showers in Cusco are an interesting experience…there are no hot water heaters here! Luckily that doesn't mean we have to take cold showers, instead the shower comes equipped with an electric shower head that heats the water directly. It works fairly well, but electricity and water don't exactly mix and Melanie got a bit of a shock, not to mention that you have to keep the pressure somewhat moderate or the shower head can't heat the water fast enough!
Anyway, after we were all freshened up, we ventured out for a little exploring curtsey of our personal tour guide…Melanie's brother! The Plaza de Armas is amazing. Melanie made friends with a nice 90 year-old Peruvian who came over to touch Sydney's hair (blonds are extremely rare here so she's a bit of a celebrity), and we even got a picture with the original Incan emperor Pachacuti (pictured in gold).
Cusco is especially beautiful at night with all kinds of lights and colors so check out some of our other photos from the last few days that are posted on Flickr. We'll probably start posting some videos tomorrow or Sunday, including a little home tour of where we're staying so stay tuned.