Open the sound for 1st photo (video) for the Peruvian song "El Condor Pasa". Description below, at the last paragraph.
+ Hmm...You deal with business well... (the seller says to me in a bit frustration, after persistently bargaining and getting the thing at the price I want)
- Of course! I'm Turkish! Hahaha... :)
+ Israelis are also like that. Is that country close to Turkey? There are a lot of Israelis around here.
PS: Israelis are in the whole South America. After they graduate from high school, they do around 3 years of obligatory military service and later travel with the money they got from the government during this process. It's common to encounter them in any hostel or in any city in South America. They also usually travel in groups.
However, on Internet and my guidebook, Cusco is written as the "South America Gringo Capital". It's one of the biggest authentic colonial cities I've seen, with lots of bars, restaurants, hotels, plazas, cathedrals, tourism agencies crowded with tourists on narrow pebble streets in colonial architecture.
A few days ago, I went to a nearby small village called Chinchero, due to hearing its sunday market. It's not a popular town, not even on guidebooks. While I was walking on deserted street on my way to its market and feeling happy that I'm the only stranger, a bus load of tourists arrived in front of me, entered to a yard of pre-organized textile shop by tour operator, which has workers dressed culturally, gringo priced goods and local shows. At least, I entered with them, to learn about textile making, without buying anything of course. Just taking some photos of textile workers and watching how they make it. .
When I arrived to market, there were only a few strangers. Handcrafts took my attention. They are beautiful and cheap, but not unique; can be encountered in Cusco too. Yet, choices are wider in the market. These markets, handcrafts, look of people make me remember their Guatemalan counterparts. I bought a few things, including a flute, made of alpaca bone, from a local man. The reason was, the famous, distinctive Peruvian song "El Condor Pasa" was being played. However, don't forget to bargain in these mark
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