Lima to Cusco, Peru

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A steep road in Cusco

Adventure-Life escort, Boris, picked me up, after breakfast, at the hotel where I stayed in Lima overnight. It is called, Hotel Carmel. He is the same escort who received me at the airport and transported me to the hotel, the night before. On the way back to the airport, in Lima, where I would catch my connecting flight to Cusco, we almost had a car accident. Some guy almost crossed traffic and we nearly hit him. Thankfully, Boris applied his breaks expertly and avoided an accident. Finally, we made it to the Lima Airport for my flight to Cusco, where the tour begins. I checked in and then paid my tax at a separate window. Everything went surprisingly smoothly.

 

While waiting for my flight, I met a woman named Sylvia.

Mommy & baby boy
She’s about my age and she’s originally from Ecuador but was raised & lives in Germany. Her mother is Spanish. Sylvia was very nice and seemed excited to meet me in the little airport. We communicated the best we could as she spoke very little English and my Spanish is shady. She speaks German & Spanish. She had her little boy, Logan, with her. He was about 3&1/2 and he was a little bit irritated. I gave him some of my snacks and that made him happy. We were going to board the same flight so we hung out and took a few pictures together until it was time to board.

 

As we boarded the plane, we separated and went to our own seats. The airplane was nice. I don’t know the size but it wasn’t one of the small commuter planes that I usually take from Charleston. It was in great shape and was comfortable. I got the window seat and next to me sat a lady from New York and her niece. The ride was nice and the flight attendants were nice too. They were very neat looking. They served refreshments and sandwiches. I think I got the Inca Cola. And a sandwich I couldn’t eat.

 

The view from the plane was beautiful. The mountain range was treeless yet still beautiful.

Inca wall in Cusco
My camera didn’t do it any justice. We landed safely in Cusco! The airport is small. There was a Peruvian musical group performing. I went outside, like everyone else, to catch my ride. There were signs for almost everyone. The signs had the names of travelers, some had names of the travel companies. It seemed like I was waiting there forever. The crowd started thinning out and I started t get worried. Really, I was the only person left. Finally, someone came for me, I guess they had been loading Tim and Linda and that’s what took so freaking long.

 

I met my guide, Washington and tour mates Linda & Tim. They are Jewish and live in Colorado. As we leave the airport, Washi points out a few important landmarks. He even has the driver pull over so we can get a few pictures. There is a statue of the Incan King, Patchalupe. This King expanded the Inca Empire. We proceed up Sol Ave (Sun St) it is a most important street. There is a small river underneath it. There are 400,000 people living in Cusco. Cusco is the belly button of the Inca civilization.

 

As soon as we get to the hotel, we were given Cocoa tea .

Beautiful view from my hotel room
As soon as I entered the meeting room, I began feeling altitude sickness. My head started to slightly throb/ache and tingle. Washi named our group Pacchu Mammas Children which means Mother Earths Children, in Quechua. We talked about what we were going to do this first day. Cusco is the highest in altitude, then The Sacred Valley mountains (most beautiful) and then Macchu Pichu. We will see mountain ranges of the Andes. Our Hotel in Cusco is called El Balcon. I started in room #4.

 

 

 

Note: for Macchu Pichu, bring:

Rain jacket

Sun block

Cusco is safe but be back after 10pm because it gets crazy afterwards.

It takes two hours to hike to Waynu Picchu (Young Mountain) from Machu Picchu. (Old Mountain.

Interesting mountain side
)

 

 We have a little free time now. Get back to hotel at 2pm start journey at 2:30

 

20lbs=5 grains of cocaine

 

Buy some cocoa leaf tea

 

The ornamental cows are on the roof for good luck.

 

Heather and Marcus will join our tour when we get back. They’re from Washington, D.C.

 

Tim, Linda & I walked into the city center and went for lunch at a local restaurant.

This is where Milagros and her boyfriend happened to be having lunch, too. The food was good. Milagros (the director of adventure-life, in the Cusco area) had a common drink called Chicha. Chicha is a drink made of boiled purple corn, water, cinnamon, sugar, cloves, maybe apple slices.

Walk way outside of my hotel room at El Balcon, Cusco
It is available in alcoholic & non-alcoholic version.

 

{Tomorrow, we will have breakfast at 8am.Tour will start at 9am and we will see archeological sites, go to a market. We’ll need money for a cab/van. }

 

So, Tim, Linda & I went back to the hotel to meet Washi & the other 2 people in our group. After we all got together at the hotel, we left and went to the Santo Domingo Church. We went into the Temple of the Rainbow/Lightening. We toured with Washington for 2 &1/2 hours. It seemed like 5 hours. I was tired and I was feeling the effects of high altitude. Thankfully, we walked slowly and Washington was patient. None of us wanted to walk back, so we took a cab for 3 soles! That’s about $1.00 US. It was the best decision. We will dine at the hotel tonight after a 1 hour rest. The afternoon was hard because of the altitude and hills.

 

I had dinner with Linda and Tim. The food wasn’t anything special but the three of us had good conversations about traveling. After, we all went back to our rooms. I slowly prepared for the next day, got in bed early and watched some TV. I had a hard time sleeping. My head was hurting and my heart was beating very strongly. That was a result of the altitude.

aswold says:
That's what I was told, I can not back up this claim, nor do I want to, lol!
Posted on: May 27, 2009
homeres says:
"20lbs=5 grains of cocaine" elaborate on this!!!!
Posted on: May 27, 2009
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A steep road in Cusco
A steep road in Cusco
Sylvia and Logan at the airport in…
Sylvia and Logan at the airport i…
Mommy & baby boy
Mommy & baby boy
Inca wall in Cusco
Inca wall in Cusco
Beautiful view from my hotel room
Beautiful view from my hotel room
Interesting mountain side
Interesting mountain side
Walk way outside of my hotel room …
Walk way outside of my hotel room…
School children running somewhere
School children running somewhere
Lunch at a local restaurant
Lunch at a local restaurant
My tour guide Washington
My tour guide Washington
La Compania de Jesus church in Pla…
La Compania de Jesus church in Pl…
The Cathedral in Plaza de Armas, C…
The Cathedral in Plaza de Armas, …
Santo Domingo church
Santo Domingo church
Inca street
Inca street
Children in a parade
Children in a parade
Children in a parade
Children in a parade
Children in a parade
Children in a parade
Unexcited musicians in the airport…
Unexcited musicians in the airpor…
The Inca King Patchalupe
The Inca King Patchalupe
Plaza de Armas, called Huacaypata …
Plaza de Armas, called Huacaypata…
Viva el Peru
Viva el Peru
Inca wall in Cusco
Inca wall in Cusco
Inca wall in Cusco
Inca wall in Cusco
Cusco Hotels & Accommodations review
A unique stay in Cusco
I stayed here my first night in Cusco. The hotel was a lovely, rustic diamond in the rough. Situated in walking distance to Plaza de Armas, restaurant… read entire review
Cusco
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