Cusco – what a beautiful city (of approx. 400,000) – colonial in appearance with the red-tiled roofs, but when one looks closely at the foundations, you see Incan handiwork. We spent three days in the lovely Novetel (close to the Plaza de Armas). The name Novotel puts one in the mind of a modern high-rise, but this was in a narrow street and a former typical, courtyard-styled residence where the hotel installed a glass dome over the courtyard for restaurant purposes. Ingenious! We visited the beautiful cathedral of Cuzco which has an amazing collection of colonial art; Quricancha (Golden Temple) where in Incan times the floors and walls were adorned with gold. In the evening we were invited by a local family to join them for dinner! we had a pleasant exchange and a delicious meal.