This will not be as long as the other entrys I just wanted to let you know that im back from Machu Picchu.
Anyway, while the guys were off treking, I had 2 spare days in Cusco to do as I pleased. I spent the 1st day looking around and getting adjusted to the altitude of which now, im fully accustomed. I tried alpaca at lunchtime on the 1st free day and its quite a nice but tough meat. It tastes kind of like lamb but looks more like a beef. It was not rich or gamy which really surprised me. Anyway for dinner on the 1st free night I decided to eat a hamburger, wanted something non Peruvian as I needed a change on food types. BIG MISTAKE let me tell you. 2 hours after getting home I started getting really sick and started throwing up. So I went to bed hoping it would go away. Anyway, there I was up at 2am again and throwing up continuously. Lucky for me I bought the gastric kit before I left so I read the instructions which pretty much say for this take this and for that take that so I spent the next full day and night in bed sick as a dog with a real bad case of food poisoning.
The following morning after the food poisoning incident i had to be up and out of the hotel by 6.30am for the train trip to Machu Picchu. The trip was really nice with some great scenery and four hours later I was in Aques Callientes which is the stop over town for Machu Picchu. There Lisa and I (Lisa is a girl from another tour who I got to know through the guys on my tour) found an internet cafe that served warm beer and watched the rugby grand final. She was in her element being South African and them winning.
Anyway turns out that our group finished the trek in 3 days instead of 4 days so we all caught up and had dinner that night. One of the guys Craig who I have become good friends with got real bad blisters on the 1st day of the trek so did the last 2 days in thongs. Not only did he do it 1 day early, but in thongs. He is getting a tshirt made up at home hahaha.
The next day we were up at 5am to get the bus up to Machu Picchu. No photos can give this place the credit it deserves or to really take in its full beauty. It is out of this world. Oh and its so big, a lot bigger than you would think and being so high up, you are always out of breath walking around it but I did take 200 pictures and some video footage of it. IT IS A MUST SEE.
We got back from Machu Picchu around 2pm and then got some lunch and got the 5pm train back. Was really good to be back in Cusco where I could get a hot shower and a good bed. Today is a free day so I have spent the day walking around with Craig and his partner Sally. They are from Melbourne as well. Craig actually works repairing air conditioning and is often near our work because he works on 2 buildings near St Kilda Road so we are going to catch up for lunch when we get back. The funny thing is that his company used to have the contract for our work but it got dropped at Christmas Time. I did tell him they were having dramas around that time.
Anyway guys thats it for now. Tomorrow we are off to Puno then Lago Titicaca so until I get to another Internet site. Its goodbye from me.