Saturday, May 21, 2011

Miscellany from Aguas Calientes

The small town of Aguas Calientes is the place to catch the bus up to Machu Picchu. When I came down from the site, I spent a few hours there before catching the train back to Cusco.
This is the Plaza in the center of town.

In the morning, there was a procession of the statue of Saint Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, carried by the schoolchildren and accompanied by a brass band.

Later in the day, the statue of the Virgin Mary went on parade, accompanied by musicians and dancers.

After watching this, I treated myself to a meal on the balcony of a restaurant on the Plaza. The picante de quinoa was delicious and beautifully presented.

The return trip was not on an ordinary train, like the one I'd ridden in on. This was the Vistadome, which has windows in the roof, a fancy meal and even a fashion show by the car attendants (all the clothes were for sale, of course).

The "light snack on board," served in a bento box, on top of woven placemats, was described this way:
Andean Trilogy
Grilled chicken roulette with homemade chimichurri filled with sauteed vegetables, served with sauteed native potatoes scented with rosemary, grilled vegetable mini brochette and an Andean cheese mini brochette

Quinoa creme caramel
This little boy was on the bank above the train, looking down into the Vistadome as we passed. I wonder what he would make of the bento box snack and fashion show.

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