Rafting the Urubama River
Two 65-year-olds looking for Adventure! in Peru
At the take out, we have a shore-side lunch, complete with a screened tent, tablecloths, ceramic dishes (no paper plates here!) silverware, and a delicious spread of foods.
On our return to Cusco, we stop in the small village of Lucre where we happen upon a festival taking place. Filling the main street is the image of a dove, completely made of flower petals. The procession arrives from around the corner -- the priest, Jesus on the cross completely encased in flowers, a band, and all the town's folk. It was so special to witness this local tradition, and we were the ONLY tourists!
Back in Cusco, there is a similar festival taking place this evening, but here they estimate 100,000 people are in attendance!!! The crowds fill not only the main square, but all the side streets as well. We are in a small restaurant a block away from the square and are unable to leave until the festivities end -- people are packed against the doors!
While waiting, we chat with other diners and make new friends! Travel lesson: Often the things that seem problematic at the time are the things you remember and talk about to your friends upon your return.