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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 16th 2008

Hola from Cusco! Today we left the volunteer house in Lima at 330 am to make our way to the airport to fly to Cusco. The flight was only an hour and generally pretty uneventful. While I was waiting to board the plane an old Peruvian man struck up a conversation with me. Because I was boarding the plane after my friends (my seat was closer to the front of the plane) I think he was concerned that I was flying on the plane alone. He made sure that I knew he was only one row behind him in case I needed anything. He was basically a Peruvian version of Grandpa. When it was time to get off the plane, he was sure to let me go infront of him and told me to be safe ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 16th 2008

And here begins the vacation part of my vacation. Yet another really early morning. I rolled out of my down haven one last time and was welcomed by a lukewarm shower that turned cool by the end. The hotel is under major renovations, and apparently they´re playing with the hot water. We met our travel agent down in the lobby at 6:15 and got in HIS car (how many travel agents do that?!) for a ride to the airport. Our plans had been pretty up in the air for a while, and we finally settled on something on Monday (we were kind of forced to pick Mon because many of the hotels and transports had filled up). The rough outline is Cusco city with city tour on Sat, Sun to Macchu Pichu and spend the night ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 14th 2008

Dag allemaal, in Cusco hebben we aantal nachten doorgebracht in hostel Pirwa.Dit hostel zit aan de rand van het centrum van Cusco.Na die aantal nachten zouden we beginnen aan de befaamde Incatrail. We waren die dag vroeg aangekomen dus we gingen even naar Dos Manos,waar we de Incatrail hadden geboekt via internet(februari 2008).We wilden even een bevestiging of alles in orde was...Maar toen kregen we te horen dat we niet op de lijst stonden van de Incatrail op 31 juli 2008!Dat vonden we natuurlijk heel erg vreemd want we hadden via internet bericht gekregen dat alles voor elkaar was en we hadden een aanbetaling gedaan.Ze hadden wel onze paspoort gegevens maar er was niet door de medewerker doorgegeven dat er 2 nieuwe mensen waren voor de Incatrail.Die mederwerker is letterlijk en figuurlijk een Belg!!Maar die Belg ... read more
Plaza de Armas..Cuzco.
Peruaanse en de Inca regenboog vlag.
Sacred Valley.

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 13th 2008

I´m not exactly sure what day it is or how long I have been in Peru. Time is stretched here. And I couldn´t be more pleased!! I think it has been a little over a week, and already and done and seen so much!! arriving in Lima airport, and having to wait many hours due to my own cheapness about flights to Cusco, ended up paying the same price anyway, so lesson one learned very quickly!! Cusco is high in the Andes mounain range and it takes a couple of days to acclimatize to the altitude. Coca Tea several times a day is the best remedy (thank you for the tip Sil!!) coca leaves (the ones used to make cocaine) are medicinal in leaf form and is very useful to combat the nausea, headache, and other ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 12th 2008

On our way back to Cusco we stopped at Chinchero. The town was included on our sacred valley tour but we did not get to go to it because we got off at Ollantaytambo to catch our train to Machu Pichu. We walked through a locals market, which was really interesting. Kate got hassled AGAIN by little kids wanting to sell tacky fake lama beanies with lama patterns on them. She was always attracting people to hassle her for some reason. At one point in Cusco some little kid ended up telling her she was a stupid bitch, when she walked away from his finger puppets. I was really shocked. No one had said anything even close to that abusive to me before. We walked around the Inca ruins outside of town, but they paled in ... read more
Ruley and Jono about to eat lunch, Chinchero
Kate with soup and grin
Chinchero markets

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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 7th 2008

At some point during our stay in Cuzco, we went white water rafting. I don’t remember whether this was before or after Machu Pichu because my “diary” from this stage of the journey is written mostly on the back of bus tickets and so difficult to order chronologically. I wanted to do a three day rafting trip that involved camping overnight, but turned out they weren’t running it because the river was too low, or too high, or they couldn’t be arsed. I’m glad we couldn’t do it in the end, because although I enjoyed rafting for a day, it wasn’t as much fun as some of the other super fun things we’ve done and I wouldn’t want to devote to it three whole days of our precious time. Our guide was some kind of crazy ... read more
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Viva El Peru

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 6th 2008

Lima looks like the sort of place you have to spend some time in to appreciate. Once you get past the dirt, noise, permafog and general disorder there are probably some charms, but they aren't immediately obvious. Especially not when you're hungover after a 12 hour nightbus journey, during which for some reason the film Titanic had been played on repeat. I couldn't sleep for the sounds of people drowning, and Celiene Dion. I don't know which was worse. We didn´t really give Lima much of a chance, to be fair, since we were there less than a day before we left for Cusco. We arrived stupidly early in the morning when it was still dark and got a taxi to the part of town where we were least likely to get mugged. Absolutely nowhere was ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 2nd 2008

L'olor ... Cuzco es caracteritza per la seva olor ... els seus carrers i la màgia de començar el viatge cap al Valle Sagrado dels Inques ... encara que la meva primera visita a Cuzco va ser al dentista ... i vaig haver de treurem un queixal ... jo puc dir : que tinc el meu dentista al Perú ... mil gràcies ja que em va salvar poder disfrutar del país ... aquí teniu 4 fotos de Cuzco ... porta del Valle Sagrado ... per cert ... Francisco Pizarro González ... Por qué no te callas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... read more
Plaza de Armas
Sacsayhuamán
L'expedidió al complet

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 1st 2008

Hola!! So we´re still in Cusco at the moment. This would have to be my most favourite place in the world at the moment!! It has cobble stone streets everywhere (with lots of huge hills I might add!!). There is Inca stone in every inch of the place. I am - in a slightly twisted way - lucky that I got sick in Cusco, as I had to spend the time whilst Nick was doing the Inca Trail, here. I now consider myself Peruvian and a local of Cusco - I wish!! I cannot tell you how beautiful the people are here. When I was sick the hotel staff were so concerned. And still now that I have recovered from the altitude, they still ask of my health. Nick not only conquered the Inca Trail - ... read more
Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo
Inca Trail

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco July 29th 2008

Day 291 - Thursday 17 July We arrived into Cusco the old Inca capital at about half five in the morning, and after quickly finding some accommodation it was back to bed for a few more hours sleep. Around lunchtime we were up and about again and headed off to another English pub. I think i'm starting to miss English food again after all this time away. They also had English magazines and after such a long time it was good to flick through one. With dinner over we headed over to a few travel agents. We wanted to walk the origional Inca trail through the sacred valley of the Incas to Machu Picchu. Unfortunately authorities limit the numbers and it sells out six months in advance. As we couldn't commit to a date back then ... read more
Inglesa Campania de Jesus
Thats a big wall
Tambo Machay




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