Hot Baths in A.C. - train back to Cusco!
Aguas Calientes Travel Blog› entry 9 of 13 › view all entries
February 27th, 2008 – by: superpouf
This morning we didn't have to wake up SUPER early, but we did have to check out of the hostel by 9:00am. Luckily they allow luggage storage. All I had for breakfast was some juice and a banana. It took us some time to get all ready before we headed to the Hot Springs, so I took some time to write out a bunch of post cards. I bought a few more than the ones I had gotten in Arequipa. I learned there was a post office at the Plaza de Armas, just at the end of our road. I was satisfied with 11 postcards and went to the post office. The cost to send them was S/. 60.5!! HOLY COW! That's about $2.00 per card! :-P I paid the man and headed back to the hostel and on to the warm waters.
We could rent a towel for S/. 3. It was very humid but I didn't want to pay for a towel, so I chose to attempt an air dry. The cost to get in to the Thermal Baths was S/. 10. The water was “murky” like we were told, but I didn't think it was gross or anything. It's full of medicinal minerals that heal the body! :) There were TONS of little fly-like bugs jumping around on the ground by the pools. I looked at some of them closely, and they had some intricate neon-color designs! This place reminded me of Sol Duc (hot springs in Washington State) due to the “structured” pools. Chris asked a local about getting in, and they only pay 1 sole! :-P We stayed in the pools for about an hour. We heard about some waterfalls that were a good long hike down the path; Chris learned of one just a few minutes away.
I decided to go straight back to the hostel and pay my S/. 3 for a shower. They put me in the same room we had stayed in: 208. It appeared to have been partially cleaned. :) The beds were re-made but the bathroom was still a mess. I took my shower, and just like with Chris the night before, the entire bathroom was soaking wet when I was done! It kind of seemed like the Hot Spring water had somehow stained my skin... it appeared I had a tan line! Weird!! Gloria came in right when I was getting dressed. I packed up my bag and went downstairs. When Gloria was done with her shower it was POURING rain.
We had about 2 hours until our train back to Cuzco. We went to a restaurant basically across the street. We did the “tourist menu” again since everything else was so expensive.
When Chris showed up again there were two younger girls using his reflector as an umbrella!! I asked him about it, cause I always thought he was a lot more particular about his equipment staying nice and clean, and he said it wouldn't hurt and it's also about 9 years old.
A Japanese girl sat down next to Gloria but soon moved so she could be next to her friend. Then a Peruvian gal sat down instead. We learned her name is Jessica, she's from Cusco and is a tour guide at Machu Picchu.
We got off and got our bags and Augusta had a taxi ready for us. We asked for a hostel that accepts credit cards because both Gloria and I were out of soles.
We ended up going into a small local place that had empanadas listed on their menu. We went in to the tiny place and sat at the counter where there was space. The TV was showing the futbol game which most of the city was watching because it was a local team. The restaurant didn't have empanadas (my guess is they ran out) so Gloria got some fried rice that had a lot of green onions, and I got a chicken sandwich. I noticed a pitcher of chicha at the end of the counter and asked for some. Gloria was a bit paranoid that the water may not have been boiled (=clean) but I got it anyway. The whole meal was only S/. 3 each!! After dinner we returned to the hostel and the guy opened their large, old-fashioned, chain-locked door! We got to bed as quickly as possible cause we have an early flight back to Lima in the morning.
[9:05 am - local Houston time 29/02/08] - time & date of journal entry
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