Published: June 26th 2012June 26th 2012
I majorly deep heated up my back and decided i would make the effort and go out in cusco. Em felt ill so didnt come, so me and george joined in the power hour (shot of beer a minute for an hour) then hit the clubs. Everyone i met kept being like are you wearing deep heat? haha so that was a bit annoying, but better than the pain! We met up with some irish peeps we had seen before, danced loads to punjabi mc and met a cool australian guy, who me and george fell in love with. He asked for my full name for facebook, but never added me...... :(. haha but was a very fun night! We then had to check out and go to our trek meeting, which we found out when we arrived that it had been moved from 10 am to 3pm so we got up for no reason. We then went for a curry, and i chose a way too hot one for my hangover. the meeting was also pointless as they told us to come back at 6! We then went out for dinner and went to point hostel to meet Tash from
nottingham, whos working there, i was still mega hungover and george had already left coz he was hanging, but it was nice to see her and she sorted us out with a few drinks. Alex and Emma (Ems housemate) have come for the trek which is coolio.
The next day we set off for the sacred valley and visited local peruvians for them to show us there wares, Chicha (a corn based drink), local pottery trade (i suffered a Belapse) and the chocolate woman. Was averagely interesting, also pretty awkward as when the woman for chicha came in in her colourful attire one of the women on our tour (american) held up her camera and shouted dance for me! Was soooooooo awkward...... We then got to Ollantaytambo and did a practise trek to some incan granerys and rockface that looked like a dwaves face! Our guide (raul) sucked tho and stayed with me george and alex at the front leaving the others behind! the view was pretty awesome though. We also met a sitary type guitar playing peruvian called carlos who asked us to add him on facebook! We went out for dinner (all 15 of our
group) then a few of us went to a bar that had swings as seats and a pole to go downstairs. We were doing our harry potter impressions for a long time in there as well.
We had an early start (at 3000m) the next morning and drove to Raq'a to see "beautiful incan site, according scriptures was made in 1400s" as our other guide (Rolanda, or Rwanda according to george) would say. It was a temple up 200 steps that smelt of offerings but was in natural rock caves and had a great view so that was nice. We then walked along the railway to our start point. whilst we were at our start point a VW camper van came by on the railway, its wheels had been changed to rail wheels! We set off on the trek and immediately raul rushed off ahead, i was walking with Alex and george and had my speakers blasting some toons out. It was sooooo dusty that when a herd of sheep overtook us we could hardly breath! The distance for the day was 700 metres up in 3 hours. On the way there was a group of peruvians
sitting in an alcove cooking beans and potatoes, they gave us loads which was really nice, i gave one of them a cookie in return....... The campsite was set up by the time we got there, so we had some tea then went to at another site. Rolandos info, "lets say guys, incans want food, talking about fruit, talking about grain, talking about chicha; they store them in here these beautiful ruins....... right?", haha the ruins were just oold buildings but it was a great view and cool to see. we also had baaa off with the local sheep. That night we had some more great food, which the cooks only had two gas stoves to cook it all on, played some yanis (cards) and went to sleep. The people in our group were awesome. We had us five, then a couple from london who found me and george absolutely hilarious (they were our faves), an american mum and daughter who were very hippyish and happy, two girls from toronto and a few guides.
The next day we had a long way to go and started at 5.30 am which was about 9 meenus according to the guides. My music quickly ran out of battery, Alex went to knee height in the mud and we were even further ahead of the group having to go another 700 metres up, to about 4400m. we saw some great views, one looked like the entrance to Mordor as we came over the hill, so we started quoting lord of the rings! We stopped for another great lunch then set off for our last bit of uphill and another great view, we took some signature fotos, some pensive ones and some standard ones. Me alex and george were so far ahead that we did some terminator pose photos in front of the huge mountains, ask if you need clarification/wanna see them. Then went to see the sun gate which felt like a beacon in lord of the rings, it was a little building on a huge mound, was pretty impressive. This night stop was warmer and had a view out of the tents, almost a cliff drop!
The next day we just had downhill, which i ran most of, Rolando called me speedy gonazales. We stopped off at a quarry and saw some incans remains, and how the incans brought rocks down. blah blah blah more walking and beautiful incan sites........
We got the train to machu picchu town and had some beers with the england match then hit the hot springs, most were cold but it was entertaining!
Soooooooooo Machu Picchu was awesome (make sure you pronounce it right, ie pic-chu)! Cant describe it much but got some good photos! Again more hilare quotes from our guide, "beautiful questions hector, the answer is most interesting, according archaeologists......", I asked why the rocks had been drawn on as a grid...... We trekked it to the sun gate and the inca bridge with more views. But yeh not much to say, was an amazing place and took shloads of fotos!
Back in cusco now for some more curry and beers then heading to nazca this afternoon. :)
So blog about great views isnt the most interesting but check some of the fotos
Only one or two more blogs left! Home time soon!
Machu Pichu (old penis)