Taking a brisk Saturday stroll outside of Cusco's central district to Plaza Túpac Amaru, we were going to Cusco's plant and all things plant related market. She was looking for some cacti decór for her new apartment and I was looking for a lemon tree for the garden in Ollantaytambo. Once we got there it was clear that this was the place to be.
One side of the plaza market stalls were overflowing with a natural selection of flowers, trees, cactus and seeds. While the other side offered up a selection of tools, clay pots, and what would be the Peruvian version of lawn ornaments. Some people were on a mission, trying to find the best deals for their garden, house or field, while others strolled lightly observing the hubbub as a fun Saturday activity.
These sorts of things are often missed when you travel quickly and aren't tasked with such random things as finding a lemon tree. Markets and days such as these are so much a part of normal life in Cusco that participating in them makes me feel a bit more like I belong here, albeit in some very small way.
In the end I was thrilled that such a place exists; a market for all things living...
...and we left happy cacti and lemon tree in hand.