to, and Cuzco

Cusco Travel Blog

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Not a good start other than meeting Hot Suzie and Karen off to Prague. Isn`t that where stag lads go for a good time! Margaret´s watch battery went flat (another chore now fixed), we just managed final call on the flight to Heathrow, the cava was warm and then us seasoned travellers forgot our insurance documents which we need for our tours. Several calls and email checks and we should be ok (now sorted).

Had a great overnight in Madrid where we did a cider and tapas crawl around some really ineteresting boozers in the old town. Long flight was ok where Margaret practised her Spanish and pulling her finger off trick on a 6 year old Peruvian bairn. 

Didn`t see too much of Líma since we were going too fast in our whacky races taxi where they try to get to their next fare asap. Other tha nthe inside of the supermaket there wasn´t much going for it but that´s as expected since it´s just our stop-off till the real tour starts.

A spectacular flight over the Andes brought us to Cusco, Peru. First we sipped a coca tea, similar to lesbo (peppermint) tea, as it is said to combat altitude sickness since we are at 11500 feet. We`ve spent hours exploring Cusco`s colourful narrow streets and colonial style squares which take some beating, especially the famous walls and stonework. Having read of robbery and crime we were only chased once by someone to give us back the card we had left in the ATM.

Everyone says to take it easy the first few days however Margaret`s remedy to overcome breathlessness and headaches is to go mountain biking at 13000 feet. We arrived to find our guide with full face helmet and body armour - what have we done? Off to the ramshackle public bus where we perched our bikes on the roof and mingled with the locals who were packed in. Some took an interest in PJ`s watch surely not appreciating the necessity of the altimeter and barometer. We had a great ride including some scary downhill as well as ruins, salt mines and life you don`t see in the tourist  traps. Hola gringo the bairns shout. It was great. 2 of the 5 tumbled and drew blood but not us. The extreme biker guides slept like babies on the way back - worn out by a girl!

Headaches forgotten and teh next day we headed to Machu Picchu which was quite a treck, not by foot but because it was an early start and long train journey. TMA it was, trully mega awesome, especially the first sight of Machu Picchu. Just out of this world.  

Now we have resurrected out flights, which had somehow been cancelled, we are heading to Chile leaving behind a fine time in Peru. Oh we did eat and drink well but just didn`t have time to fit in a guinea pig.

 

gooseberry says:
aaah!! lucky you! :) more pix pls! :)
Posted on: Nov 17, 2006
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