We returned to the same hotel we'd stayed in before, took hot showers, and ordered a pizza via WhatsApp.
The next morning, we walked to Plaza de Armas to visit the Cathedral, and found another parade going on.
We couldn't take pictures inside the cathedral, but walked around many side chapels and altars covered
in elaborate gold and silver decorations.
After lunch, we walked up a street that turned into stairs
to San Cristobal, for a great view of the city below. In the afternoon, we went to a chocolate workshop,
where we learned about how cacao beans become chocolate. We roasted and shelled cacao beans, then
ground them into a paste with a mortar and pestle. Our instructor helped us make three hot drinks:
tea from cacaco shells and honey, original hot chocolate with water, cacao paste, honey, and chile, and the European version with milk, cacao paste, honey, cloves, and cinammon. Finally, we chose molds and
created our own chocolates with mixins such as coca powder, Maras salt, sprinkles, and dried fruits.
The rafting company offered us a city tour of Cusco since our rafting trip was cut short. Our guide
and driver picked us up at our hotel, and drove us up above Cusco to the nearby Inca ruins. We
started at Tambomachy, then made our way back to Cusco with stops at Puka Pukara, Q'enco, and
Saqsaywaman. At each stop, our guide explained what the sites may have been used for by the Incas.
Back in town, the driver dropped us off at the Convent of Santo Domingo, built on the site of the
Inca temple of Coricancha. We walked through a mix of architectures: a Spanish monastery with hallways of religious paintings, alongside Inca buildings with perfectly fit giant stone blocks.
We'd reserved an Airbnb near the airport
for the afternoon; our original plan was to get back Cusco
around 4pm, and we wanted to be able to shower and re-pack before our 8pm flight. The loft was small
but a bargain ($29); we showered, walked to lunch, charged our devices, napped, then met the taxi
called by our host to start our trip home.