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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco June 9th 2011

¡Hola! We finally started spanish lessons this morning after a nice 3 days off to aclimatise and explore. 4 hours of speaking spanish made me realise quite how much i´ve forgotten in 6 years... We stumbled upon a festival in the plaza de armas this evening which was a perfect opportunity to practice our new phrases with the locals, especially the cutest 5 year old peruvian girl who wanted to sing ´head, shoulders, knees and toes´with us! There is a festival in town literally every night through june with the locals dancing and playing music in their traditional dress as they are celebrating 100 years of machu picchu this month. The festival lead up to a huge festival on the 24th of june, which all the locals (and us!) are getting very excited about. We weren´t ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco June 7th 2011

After 4 flights and 36 hours of travelling we finally made it to Cuzco yesterday :D Was a smooth journey apart from the flight from Lima to Cuzco, where we experienced quite a lot of turbulence. We were enthusiastically met at the airport by a Peruvian woman called Mercedes who said she´d be our ´mum´for the next 6 weeks. Where were staying is basic but has everything we need and even has its own sun terrace where we can take in the amazing scenary (and sunshine!) Cuzco has so far been amazing apart from a little bit of altitude sickness but we all seem to be getting over it quite quickly. The weather is very sunny and warm during the day but quickly turns freezing in the evening, think we´ll definitely be needing our alpacha jumpers ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco May 30th 2011

So after our 5 day mountain biking and jungle extravaganza, we decided that we hadn’t had enough of tours so upon arrival in Rurrenbaque, we immediately booked a 3 day Pampas tour (mainly due to the fact we now have to get a wriggle on to get to Peru to do the Inca Trail!). We took a 3 hr drive deep into the jungle on the world’s dustiest road to our eco-lodge. Nice room(although finding a huge tarantula in the lodge on night one was a bit scary!) and great food – especially when dinner on day one was piranha that we caught ourselves that afternoon with just a hook and a bit of meat for bate (up yours Bear Grylls). The 1st night was Carrie’s birthday and there was no booze in the lodge so ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco May 18th 2011

Hola! I swear my english is getting worse, Im continually having to use small english words and have probably forgot most of my vocab. We are in Sacred Valley currently and it is alot like Banff, but less snowy or cold... its quite hot here! We{ve done way more hiking here than in cusco of course, we have been to Pisac two days ago, the salt flats near our school in Yanuahara Sacred Valley and Today we went to Moray... all three were unreal views. Ill have to figure out how to post pictures on this site, as some of you don{t have facebook! Sacred valley is a bit lower in altitude, only 8500 ft or so, vs Cusco is about 11000 i believe. Ill post more soon, Im out of time!... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco May 2nd 2011

Lentomme Cuscoon oli klo 8.40. Taksin piti noutaa meidat jo klo 5.30. No se tuli hiukan myohassa. Kyytiin kerattiin matkustajia ympari kaupunkia. Olimme kentalla ajoissa ja soimme siella aamiaisen. Meita oltiin kentalla vastassa ja saimme kyydin majapaikkaan, joka on lahella keskusaukiota maen paalla. Saimme jo heti huoneen kayttoomme. Kavelimme keskusaukiolle. Ostin turistilipun, jolla paasee lukuisiin museoihin. Kavimme tutustumassa jo kahdessa ja poikkesimme keskusaukiolla latyilla. Seuraavaksi oli vuorossa pari kirkkoa. Jalkimmaiseen otimme audioesittelyn espanjaksi. Paluumatkalla poikkesimme syomassa. Hotellialueellamme kadut ovat kapeita ja tulee mieleen Keski-Euroopan vanhat kaupungit.... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco April 24th 2011

Tom had a total of 6 nights in Cusco (in Ollantaytambo on 17 April) because he came back to the city while I was on the Lares Track (18 & 19 April), so I only had 4 nights. Cusco was the first city in Peru and remains the historical and spiritual capital of the country. Cusco was the site of the historic capital of the Inca Empire and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. It is a major tourist destination and receives almost 1.5 million visitors a year. It is designated as the Historical Capital of Peru by the Constitution of Peru It is a large city of more than 1M population, and contains many remnants of the old Incan dynasty. The old city is well preserved and kept in a clean ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco April 17th 2011

I really enjoyed my time in Cusco and being away has made me appreciate it more and more. Peru is a very unique place, Cusco especially. Sitting at 11,000+ feet, it's lively atmosphere attracts tourist for many reasons. We headed to Cusco to volunteer and to experience life in South America. Its versatile location allows easy access to wonderful places like Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon, among many more. Cusco's culture and roots run deep. It's a developing city in a third world country. As it continues to progress, its history lives on through the land and its people. Upon arrival, it took some getting used to. Adjusting to the pollution, trash, dogs and lack of utilities (ie: water) was difficult at first but soon they become a part of the background. Cusco's beauty ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco April 14th 2011

Goooood afternoon people! alles goed met jullie? Laatste avontuur dat we hier neergepend hadden ging over Arequipa geloof ik, dus we´ll pick up vanaf Cuzco, dat we met de nachtbus bereikt hebben. Cuzco is een van de bekendste steden van Peru, en lokt met zijn prachtige plaza de armas en honderden koloniale gebouwen en kerken duizenden toeristen. Een moment van rust op dit centrale plein wordt dan ook om de 10 seconden doorprikt door een commercieel aanbod, zoals een schilderij, drankje, ijscreem of eender wat dat mobiel verkocht kan worden. Heerlijk gezellige stad, en wat we zodra ook gaan beschrijven, de essentie van elke dag was het overheerlijke en gezellige avond eten in een van de tientallen sfeervolle restaurants die de stad rijk is. Helaas zijn we Machu Picchu gaan bezoeken en hebben we enkele heerlijke ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco April 13th 2011

Finally it was time to set off to meet up with my group again and I was packed off into a taxi to take the ride from Cusco to the place the trains leave for Machu Pichu. After a slight hitch, finding the usual road was shut for repairs, entailing a long winding down the hillside and back up the hillside via a different route detour, we got on our way. I was then clock watching the whole way hoping this unexpected detour wouldn't make me miss the train. I was feeling a strange mix of relieved to be out of Cusco and getting back to my holiday proper, but also anxious about meeting up with the group again and hoping it wouldn't make me too sad about having missed the Inca Trail. Along the way ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco April 11th 2011

And so back to the hotel in Cusco, this time with a balcony overlooking the street. Noisy but more interesting while on my own. With no idea what to do for two whole days on my own I set off first to find a supermarket. After two days in hospital hooked up to a drip, no way was I risking my poor digestive system with anything other than 'safe' foods. I was soon stocked up with pringles, brazil nuts, bread, jam, biscuits and the like and plonked myself in the main square to do a spot of people watching. The sun was really hot but there were only about 3 benches in the shade and the grass police were out in force blowing their whistles at anyone who had the affrontory to try and sit on ... read more
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