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    South by South America Tour – Peru Part 8

    Saturday, October 19, 2019
    Cuzco, Peru

    An Inca wall in the back lanes of Cuzco, Peru.
    An Inca wall in the back lanes of Cuzco, Peru.

    Aw, hail naw, dog! It had to go and hail right when I went out for a walk in Cuzco, Peru.
    Aw, hail naw, dog! It had to go and hail right when I went out for a walk in Cuzco, Peru.

    A hovering sewer lid courtesy of flooded pipes during a torrential rainstorm in Cuzco, Peru.
    A hovering sewer lid courtesy of flooded pipes during a torrential rainstorm in Cuzco, Peru.

    A spot of sunshine hits a white washed wall in Cuzco, Peru.
    A spot of sunshine hits a white washed wall in Cuzco, Peru.

    The Palacio Nazarenas in Cuzco, Peru.
    The Palacio Nazarenas in Cuzco, Peru.

    Right when I stepped outside today, the whole sky turned dark and I heard thunder grumble off in the distance. On my way over to he Hostel Kokopelli, where I was scheduled to pick up my bus ticket to Hyrdroelectrico, a torrential downpour ensued. Rather than duck for cover, I just decided to keep on truckin’. Within a minute or two, I was completely soaked from my hips down. Luckily, I was wearing my rain jacket and had moved my wallet, camera and phone into its pockets. Then I started getting pelted by small hail stones. As I walked, I just smiled, spread my arms open wide, and felt the hail hit the palms of my hands.

    Layered and torn flyers on a wall in Cuzco, Peru.
    Layered and torn flyers on a wall in Cuzco, Peru.

    The Capilla de San Antonio Abad at Plaza Nazarenas in Cuzco, Peru.
    The Capilla de San Antonio Abad at Plaza Nazarenas in Cuzco, Peru.

    A photo op for a small fee at Plaza Nazarenas in Cuzco, Peru.
    A photo op for a small fee at Plaza Nazarenas in Cuzco, Peru.

    Cuzco, Peru at night as seen from the hills above San Blas.
    Cuzco, Peru at night as seen from the hills above San Blas.

    A falafel sandwich at Green Falafel in Cuzco, Peru.
    A falafel sandwich at Green Falafel in Cuzco, Peru.

    Right before I reached the Hostel Kokopelli, I ducked under a roof just to watch the storm. After I got my ticket from the travel agent inside the hostel, I continued my walk. It had rained so hard and for so long that a sewer lid in the middle of town was being lifted up by water rushing out of the pipes under the street. At one point, I had to sit down, take off my socks and wring the water out of them. A little while later, a spot of sun appeared, only to glint off of the white washed walls a while before disappearing again. Later in the evening as darkness fell, I hiked up the hill on the east side of town above the neighborhood of San Blas to get a scenic overview of the city of Cusco. Luckily, my ass didn’t get mugged.

    Words and photos ©2019 Arcane Candy.

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