Coca Tea & a Mad Mob in Cusco
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February 25th, 2008 – by: superpouf
The bus ride to Cusco was a bit unpleasant. The windows didn't open, the fans couldn't be turned on because it was all-or-none, and the seats did not recline enough for me to be especially comfortable. So during the 10-hour bus ride I'd say I maybe got 2 hours of broken sleep. When we got to Cusco my first order of business was removing my contacts!! My eyes hurt a lot and I had a bit of a headache.
Some ladies came over to us and were speaking Spanish so I kinda just ignored them. When Chris came over he was talking to them and we ended up getting a lady named Augusta to help us get a taxi to a hostel.
As usual at every hotel and ticket purchasing place, we had to fill out cards with our name, address, nationality, purpose, Passport #, etc. We got our bags up to our room #206 and then we all sat down with Augusta to figure out plans for Machu Picchu. We were getting a package deal that included the taxi to the train station, the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, the bus to and from Machu Picchu, entrance into Machu Picchu, the hostel in Aguas Calientes, and the train back to Cusco.
We then all went to bed cause we were SO tired!! We slept til about 10 or 11am and took our time with showers. We all wandered the streets a bit (watch for those cars!) until meeting up again with Augusta. Gloria and I wandered together and we stopped in a few art galleries. She got two small pictures from a street vendor who rolled them onto a tube for her. While Gloria and I were walking around, we briefly met a cute guy (never exchanged names) from New York. He had already been to Aguas Calientes and said the baths were “murky.
When we met up with Augusta, she walked with us to a bank so we could get more cash for our transaction. Once we had our wads of cash, we followed Augusta to her office “Puma (something)” and finished all the payments. At this point we were free to wander again. I was feeling even worse than before (slight migraine and queasy stomach) so we headed to a small restaurant overlooking the Plaza de Armas. [If you haven't figured it out by now, EVERY city in Peru has a Plaza de Armas! :)] I got coca tea and some regular water (sin gas!) The view was nice and the sun started shining. Chris left to take more photos. Gloria and I sat at the table for a while and I just kept feeling worse! After a while I decided to try walking a bit.
I decided I didn't feel too well and wanted to go back to the hostel. On the way back I took a small detour but didn't find any great views. I went back to the hostel and right before I got there Chris came running up! He wanted his tripod for a few night shots. Neither of us had the key and we had to wait a few extra minutes for the front desk gal to get the spare. Chris was in-and-out quick and I went straight to bed. (I got 2 more bottles of water on the way home too.) I slept fairly well even though the mattress was stiff, hard, flat like a board! Gloria and Chris returned at about 9:45pm so I got about 2 ½ hours of sleep.
Gloria mentioned they had some yummy alpaca near the hostel and she was willing to go back with me. So Gloria and I start walking and she tells me the story of Chris continually telling the vendor girls “maybe later.” They waited for them and Chris eventually got some finger puppets while Gloria got a belt, some postcards, and some indigenous music. We arrived for the alpaca and it was just a lady and her son selling skewers on the corner! Each skewer was only S/. 1.50! And they tasted GREAT! I ended up buying 3 cause I was extra hungry. We were standing on the corner, enjoying the alpaca, when a large group of men started walking towards our intersection.
[11:59pm 26/02/08] - time & date of journal entry
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