Well, we made it back to the National Museum this afternoon. It turns out it was open on Saturday when we were there, we were trying to get into the wrong building!! Duh! However, it's just as well we didn't do the museum and the archeological site and the botanical garden all in one day. It would be too much.
The museum was a little disappointing. The first gallery we went thru was so dark it was difficult to see the artifacts. Maybe they are trying to protect them, but some motion sensor lights that are just on when someone is looking at them would be great. It was hard to make out the patterns on the pottery, etc. Very strange - some excellent stuff just could not see it very well. This museum also had some galleries of modern art of various types. It pretty much left us cold - very strange video stuff and of course any commentary was in Spanish, but I had the feeling that even if I understood the language, I would not have understood the art! The museum did have any excellent gallery on the indigenous native tribes and how they lived. Some parts of that even had English translations. As we were walking home, we came a slightly different way at the bottom of our hill. There is a little corn field there - right smack in the city - and an old shack house. The little old man who was outside his house seemed quite happy to have his picture taken. I thought it was quite a contrast - here we Gringo tourists were returning to our modern architect built house and this little old man was still living the way his people have lived for centuries!