Cusco, Thin air, and killer pool

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Plaza de Armas in Cusco

I had arrived in Cusco and made my way to 'Wild Rover Backpackers Hostel'  Now from the outside from the streets it looks like a compound giving away little besides the large Irish flag above the door.  But once you are inside you enter one of the best hostels I have ever stayed at.  The staff at this gem are mostly Irish who made the move from the old country to enjoy the good life here in Peru.  There is a free pool table, good food, good atmosphere and the staff puts on entertainment every night.  Tonight was 'killer pool' where backpackers and staff enter for 5 soles into a winner takes all tournament, which I will expand on shortly.

First, you will realise that Cusco is a different place from Lima, which was a costal city on the west side of Peru and a metropolis.  Cusco is high in the mountains, the pilot upon decend needs to make his way through tall pilars of the Andes mountains and once you get out of the airport you quickly realise the air is so thin you have to struggle to breathe sometimes.  A few asmatic moments later you are at Wild Rover with a drink in your hand and its happy days again.

More on the killer pool.... At 11pm when most people are already more than a bit drunk, the game begins... The rules are that everyone plays a continous game of pool, where when you miss a shot in true backpackers style you are given a shot of a house concoction.  A few shots missed, and alot of alcohol later I am out of the game and have enjoyed my first proper night in Peru.

Off to Aguas Caliente tomorrow a step closer to Machu Picchu.

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Plaza de Armas in Cusco
Plaza de Armas in Cusco
photo by: Vlindeke