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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco April 18th 2014

Yep, just when I thought I had escaped the dreaded altitude sickness it hit me! Icky headache on day 3, which I thought was to do with not wearing my new hat while playing with the kids at the 3-4 yr olds project. Turns out that, combined with an a very unsettled stomach, lack of appetite and tiredness, I needed to slow down and rest. So that's what I did all yesterday and today felt much better. Walked into the main shopping area near our home and noticed how easily I lost my breath due to the altitude. Everyone says it will be fine in a few days so looking forward to that. The 4 British girls and I went into the Plaza de Armas on Monday night to be part of the huge festival that ... read more
Statue of the White Christ from the Plaza De Armas
Lights of Cusco
My new friends

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco April 12th 2014

Day 54. Today was a well earned free day in Cuzco. Time to arrange laundry, rest weary bodies & for me time to catch up on the blog. In the morning we took a leisurely walk into the city hoping for a little more warmth as shorts were the only clean clothes not in the laundry & the sun duly obliged. On reflection we have been very lucky with the weather as the wet season doesn't officially end till the end of April. While the dry season is the preferred tourist season it can get very hot. We headed to the San Blas square where a weekly artisan market is held. Ruth really enjoyed it inspecting every conceivable item & was able to bargain for some nice trinkets but I needed to wanders bit wider & ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco April 5th 2014

I started the day with a walk to the Miraflores Park where I was advised to get the best sandwiches in Lima. For breakfast, I had a thick juicy chunk of pork on a slab of sweet potato in a bun. In Peru it seems you only get fresh squeezed juices. I had a delicious citrus mix and lots of salty fries. This all may seem strange for breakfast, but I was not alone there. There were line ups. The trip to Cusco was simple; I was met at the airport and taken to a host home for the first evening. There was another volunteer for the project there, so we felt brave enough to venture into the town centre. Cusco is an old colonial town. The streets are cobble stones. The lanes are narrow. The ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco April 5th 2014

Days 47 We farewelled Arequipa with another early start and a long day on the road. 7 am to local bus station for a 6 hrs trip by local bus to Juliaca before a change to a private bus for a few more hrs for an expected 8 pm arrival in Cuzco. It's unfortunate but our free day in Cuzco tomorrow is a Sunday where many places are likely to be closed just like when we arrived in Cuenca. We briefly heard before leaving that the Tungurahua volcano at Banos, where we were 2 weeks ago, is in a far more active stage with some concerns for a significant eruption. Along with our earthquake aftershock in Arequipa we are getting the full South American geological experience. If ever you want a 12 hour bus ride the ... read more
Typical scene from bus window
Typical scene from bus window
Typical scene from bus window

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco February 26th 2014

Another Peruvian bus ride and another set of strikes to contend with. This time however, it was a little more straightforward and only ended up adding a couple of hours to our journey. After finally managing to negotiate the craziness we were faced with at Cuzco bus station, we eventually managed to grab a taxi to take us across town to our hostel; a 300 year old converted colonial mansion which was perched up on the hill overlooking the city centre. With three days until we were due to catch a flight to the jungle we actually found ourselves with a couple of much needed rest days on our hands. We used this time to stroll around the various sights of the picturesque city centre, relax and do a little planning for the coming weeks ahead. ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco February 21st 2014

On our first morning back in Cusco we had to check out of our lovely hotel and go back to our real world at Millhouse Hostel. We had high hopes after our stay at Millhouse in Buenos Aires was amazing and had parties every night! I was feeling rough with a sore throat as blocked nose so I just got some medicine and looked around at some tours that we could do. We spoke to the two Aussie couples from the inca trail and we decided to book a lads day of white water rafting whilst the girls went horse riding. That night we all met at our hostel for a few drinks, I could hardly talk due to my sore throat but we played pool and table football which was good fun. We called it ... read more
Fast off so we nicked his glasses...
Loving the locals
Plastic penises

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco February 5th 2014

Sunday 2nd February (Odyssey Day 86) Breakfast was at 0615 this morning and departure at 0700. It’s about 10 hours to Cusco apparently and the roads are open according to the bus station. We passed some beautiful scenery as we drove today. It rained on and off and some of the roads had mud or rock slides and a couple of places were being cleared and we had to wait our turn to go past. We were heading up into the mountains and for the first time in well over a month, the weather was expected to get cooler. I did manage to spot a stunningly beautiful metallic blue butterfly fluttering around one of the streams we stopped by though. I have never seen anything like it before. We stopped to buy our own lunch in ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco January 16th 2014

Så fik vi endelig en julepakke sendt fra Lisbeth og Allan og 1000 tak ........ Men at hente en pakke fra Europa er ikke noget man sådan bare lige gør i Peru ..... Vi ankom efter en hård Amazonastur gladeligt til posthuset med vores postseddel, hvor den noget skrappe postdame så kunne oplyse at toldkontoret ved pakkepost afd. var lukket og kun havde åben i hverdagen !!! Så startede der en dialog eller diskussion paa engelsk og spansk, om at vi ikke kunne komme mandag, men der var rejst...... - en venlig bevæbnet vagt viste os efter stort hurlumhej ind i selve pakkepost/toldkontoret rummet, hvor endnu en diskussion startede, med en endnu mere sur postdame... Saa begyndte Mette at græde og sige at det var en ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco January 9th 2014

Cusco - Inkaernes by - Inkaernes vugge, Cusco betyder "navle"- I den gamle bydel er stort set alle de nuværende spanske bygninger bygget på fundamentet af inkaernes templer, paladser o.s.v Spanierne kom til byen omkring 1532 og startede der et omfattende nedrivningsarbejde. De lod dog langt de fleste steder, soklen stå og byggede således deres kolonibygninger ovenpå disse massive stenblokke som var ualmindelig fint udhugget og tilpasset. (det så vi også i Machu Picchu) Cusco ligger i 3300 meters højde og i de første par dage kunne vi nemt mærke at vi var kommet langt op, vi blev stakåndede når vi gik, at tale sammen samtidig med at vi gik var ikke en mulighed, og selv den mindste trappe gav forpustelse- det var en meget mærkelig følelse...der gik et par dage så havde vi heldigvis vænnet ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco December 9th 2013

My first few months in Cusco were spent in lovely meanderings around town, exploring canyons, green hills and ruins above the city, being awed by colorful festivals and volunteering with children through my Magic Hostel. I leisurely visited the city's museums, colonial mansions and gilded churches and read the wealth of books on Cusco and the Inca in my hostel's library and in the shops of museums I visited (bookshops, my old standby, cruelly sealed their treasures in plastic). Toward the end of my stay, I bit the bullet, bought the expensive Tourist Ticket and made a mad dash to see everything else in the ticket's limited ten days--would I survive? Museum Maven in Paradise I love learning the history, art and architecture of places I visit, so I can sense them fully and through time. ... read more
gilded Virgin
Santo Domingo built on most sacred Inca temple, Qoriconcha
love that Inca jaguar's grin




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