Well I am now into my 3rd day in Cusco. Time is really flying here.
The hotel I am staying in is really nice and traditional. Really nice wood working and the Peruvian style of tiles. Anyway guess you dont really need to know about that.
We had a 5.30am wake up call on our last night in Lima and got a bus to the airport and then a plane to Cusco. Didnt sleep really well so I was exhausted but since the flight was only 45 mins didnt really get any sleep. When we got to Cusco is was so beautiful. I was expecting to find it hard to breath but everything was fine. Let me tell you something about altitude sickness, its a creeper, you can think you fine then bang, you knocked for six. Mine didnt kick in until that night and it started with a slight headache that turned into one gigantic migraine yesterday morning. I had 2 of my migraine tablets and they made me all dopey but I was at least able to do yesterdays tour. The funny thing is that our tour leader is a local Indian lady in Cusco and she did this Andean acupuncture on me. Dont stress it didnt involve needles. It was like this band made of string type stuff, like the wrist bands they all wear here and had wooden cogs around it and she tied it to my head reall tight to the point it pretty much cut off the circulation and then she pressed in spots around my skull for 5 minutes. I know this sounds silly but it actually worked, and quite fast and really effective. I want one of those bracelets!!!!!
Anyway I got sidetracked, so we checked into out hotel and then went on a city tour which took in all of Cusco and the Cathedral and museum and then went to the 1st inca site. I have my 10 day pass in front of my to type the names out but she holepunched through the name, its something like Tambomenay. It was a small hike up to a point which was quite nice. The we went to Saqsaywaman which we got some really cool photos at. I was walking round with Dan and realised we both love taking the photos. Hes a real funny guy, makes you crack up about 5 times a day. Because he is like 6 ft 2 with blonde hair, all the Andean people want to take pictures of him so as we have to pay 1 soles per picture of anyone here when they took his picture here he started saying sinco soles sinco soles, por fabor por fabor which had us all in hysterics.
Dan is the guy who managed to get a lift on a police motor bike by simply being lost in Lima and saying ¨ Please sir, you really have to give me a lift on that bike, im only here 2 more days so manged t get the lift¨ Then another time we saw little kids playing soccer in the alleyway with a coke bottle so he jumped in and started playing with them¨ Guess it helps that his Spanish is better than my English.
AnywayAfter the tour we came back to the motel and I pretty much just crashed because I was tired and the headache had started. NOTE The Andean Headache remedy was on the following days tour.
Yesterday we did another tour which took us into the Sacred Valley. We started at Pisac where the market is and it started to bucket down. Bought a poncho and some gloves here and got heckled by a shoe shiner. I kept saying. No Gracias, estoy bien, Por Fabor no necissito. Which is no thanks, im really fine, please, I dont need.
Anyway then we had lunch at this buffet place which was great because I had not eaten for a day because I felt kinda sick the day before. By this time id had my headache remedy and was feeling top guns. This restaurant was in the valley surrounded by mountains, it was intense, so nice you didnt want to leave.
After lucnh we went on to Ollantaytambo and did a 2 hour hike around it and seriously, this had been the best place we have visited. Took about 200 photos here, it was awe inspiring. Dan and I went crazy with our Cameras and once again, walking down he got mobbed by requests for photos, I stirred stuff up by repeating, Prince William, Prince William because he is a spitting image of the prince, so after about 30 photos he got away and I asked him if he wanted an agent for 5 soles a day. Pretty good price I reckon.
Our final site for the day was to a place called Chinchero where we saw a church, we got mobbed the whole way up by these little Andean kids, wanted to sell us fake us dollars or these poorly made gloves and hats. They were incredible you kept repeating no and all they did was get whiney. Mike had a great idea of buying smarties for them, a packet cost like 1 soles which is about 35 cents so we all bought 2 packets and gave them out. Problem solved, for 70 cents we got them off our back and made an entire Andean Towns kids happy.
We then got back to the motel and 7 of us went for dinner. Dan negotiated a price where his meal was for free if he could convince us to all go in so we went in and ate and he paid the entire tip so we got our meals plus a glass of wine and coke for like 20 soles (under 7 dollars) per person.
anyway into day 3 here now and im going to have a shower and go look around.