Finally, Machu Picchu - let's go to the lodge and enjoy it! :)
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December 12th, 2008 – by: yadilitta
Then a boy came with the registration forms and we were ready. Before going to the rooms he was explaining us what the accommodation included: 3 meals (lunch, dinner & breakfast), a 30min massage, all you can drink, plus the amenities of the hotel. It wasn't noon yet, but our room was already ready, so let's go. I don't know why, but we were upgraded to a better room.
We had a complimentary massage waiting for us, mmm. Would we take it right now? Sure! But before doing it, it'd be better getting the entrances to Machu Picchu. So the next day we wouldn't have to worry about it and go straight to the park. The ticket office was almost next door to the hotel, haha. We got the tickets - of course as a Peruvian I got a discount ;) - and went back for our massages.
Around 1pm, we both were ready, so relaxed and fresh. We could have gone for lunch, but weren't hungry plus we wanted to explore the hotel. Well, they have a nice terrace with a wonderful view of the mountains and it was sunny and perfect. You can also see some waterfalls and beautiful gardens with different plants and flowers. Really nice orchids. Also there is a nice common room with 2 showers, which you can use even though you have already done the check out, mmm. We'd keep that in mind for the next day after the trekking. We took a walk around and enjoyed the fresh air.
Ok, it was time for lunch. The accommodation included the meals. And we were able to take lunch either in the private restaurant or the buffet one. We checked the buffet and looked nice, so we went for it. Most of the people staying at the hotel are older, so we were an exception, haha. That's why the waiter asked us twice if we were staying at the hotel. Sure, we are guests here! Eric asked for our Pisco Sours - of course we had to get Pisco Sours here! And while he was bringing them, we went for the food.
There was a table with different cold dishes for appetizers, soup, hot dishes for entrees and of course desserts. Oh! I have been missing my cebiche so bad last week, that I got it! Plus a traditional salad with lima beans - which according to Eric taste like cardboard, haha - fig tart and grilled peppers .
When we were back at our table, our pisco sours were already waiting for us. Cheers! That pisco was a bit strong, or maybe it was my idea, haha. The food was very tasty, the drinks were good too and being next to Machu Picchu was priceless. We haven't even finished our plates 30 sec ago, when a waiter came, took them and replace our forks and knives, good service! Mmm, this was a buffet, so let's go for round 2 :P
This time I got a salmon mousse and grilled veggies, plus some extra "cardboard" fresh salad, haha.
We were full, but there is always room for dessert, haha. What did Eric get for dessert? More pork! haha. I got some fresh fruit and a bit of Passion Fruit and Mango mousse. My dessert was very yummy!!! Eric found a 2nd piece of plastic, OMG! I told him to call a waiter, but he didn't want to do it, mmm. I was about finishing my drink when I found a piece of plastic too, but I didn't stay quiet.
Then we saw the manager came in and the waiter showed him the glass with plastic and they both left. Mmm, Eric and I stood up and followed them. They were going to the bar / restaurant accross the lobby. By the time we got in, they have already gone inside the kitchen. Mmm. We went to the bar and started to talk to the bartender while he fixes another pisco sour - without plastic this time, please, haha. Then the manager came and apologized profusely. We could have taken advantage of this situation, but wanted to be nice people :) This gesture made a difference, up to this point we became the spoiled guests here, haha.
Don't know if it was allowed, but we took our drinks and went to the terrace. Alejandro, the barman, told us to give him a call if we wanted drinks while we were at the terrace, haha. The terrace was empty, just for us, how cool! We sat and started to enjoy the peace of this magical place. Also the weather was perfect, sunny but not too warm, just perfect!
It was about 4:30pm and we went back to our room and took a nap. Yes, sooo lazy, haha. From time to time is nice to be lazy :P Well, we had gotten up before 4am, so we were getting tired, plus we wanted to be ready for the evening. The waiter told us they had a show for dinner and we wanted to enjoy it. So before going back to my room, I booked a table for that night at 7pm.
I tried to sleep, but I couldn't.
It was almost 6pm when we checked the bar menu, haha. Ok, we were in Machu Picchu, so we'd have some traditional drinks here. Eric got the Machu Picchu drink and I got the signature drink of the hotel, the Blue Sanctuary.
It was dinner time and our table was waiting for us. We could have chosen a regular table, but preferred the small one with the cozy chairs, haha. Well, this would be a long dinner, so many choices in the menu, yummy!!! Right after we sat the music started. There were 4 musicians. I have to say I was a bit disapointed, I was waiting for dancers too :( Well, the restaurant was getting crowded, although it didn't get packed at any time. A waiter came with the menus and introduced himself.
He brought some complimentary appetizers and gave us more time to think about our meal. At this time we saw the woman we met at the train. She went to Machu Picchu just after arriving with the bus and came back to the hotel around 6pm. She was tired and would relax the next day. We could have done the same, but we really wanted to climb the Wayna Picchu early in the morning. The waiter came back to take our orders and this time he gave us complimentary soup, which was really good :P
We weren't sure what to order for drink. A bottle of wine? Which one? Well, let's go for 2 glasses of champaigne and then we'd see. Ok, now he came with our order. As appetizer I got the Sealed Carpaccio Beef and Eric got the Beef Tenderloni Skewers marinated in Panca Chili.
I didn't want meat, so I went for a "Chop Suey" Organic Vegetables and Eric got the Duck Magret A L'orange. I didn't know how to explain to him about the cardomom they used for the duck. I asked the waiter and he came with some seeds, haha. How smart! A couple of minutes later the waiter came with our dishes. I didn't expect my dish coming with a crepe, haha. But it was so delicious. Eric's duck was good, but a bit overcooked, mmm. Ok, the meal was delicious and we both were so full... and the dessert was waiting for us. Well, better take a break and make some space for it :P
After a while we decided to go for dessert.
My dessert was really tasty and so Eric's original one. But the combination of both of them was wonderful!!! Eric was enjoying every single bite of his dessert. I couldn't stop smiling every time I saw his eating, haha.
A couple of minutes later Armando (I think this was the name of the chef) came. He was a bit scared since he didn't know what to expect. Well I just gave him a big smile and said: "Congratulations!" Then he smiled back to us. Eric wanted to let him know how he mixed the 2 desserts and I became the translator. Hey! It was like if I were working, mmm. Armando listened carefully to Eric's idea and promised him to try his idea and would let him know how it went. We gave him our emails. Then we were discussing about how he works with local ingredients. Eric also wanted to know what was in his dessert, that gave it a strange flavour.
Armando went back to the kitchen, feeling happy and proud of his work. So he should feel :) We were ready to get another drink, a digestive this time, so we moved to the bar in order to talk with our friend - bartender. All the waiters were happy about the fact we decided to call for the chef and congratulated him, haha. Also Armando sent us trufas and cookies from the kitchen :P Didn't I say that we were the spoiled guests?
Oh! I was forgetting to mention. All the crew knew us by our names, so it was very usual listening: "How are you doing Mr. Bertram?" or "Is everything ok Miss Salazar?" haha, that was super! We were celebrities, haha. We stayed at the bar for an hour more less, just chatting with Alejandro and making new friends among the other guests.
Before going to sleep we asked for a wake up call and asked about recommendations about at what time to go in order to climb the Wayna Picchu. All the shampoos and conditioner has been replaced and they lighted scented candles, nice! I tried to watch a movie, but I was tired and fall asleep almost immediately. Next day would start really early and would be a looong one, so better save energies in advance :p
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