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Back in Cusco for a few days now, before heading to Arequipa via Puno.
This time round we're staying at Hostal Pascana (PEN110), a place we wandered past last time we were here.
Been visiting the odd museum; some great, like the Regional Historic Museum; some rubbish, like the Museum of the Site of Qoricancha.
Had a Pisco tasting the …
... But, luckily I was raised to assume you are always the underdog, so fight harder than anyone else and if it turns out easier than expected double win. Problem was our original 'slow and steady' tour companions all booked the week after and so we were blended with the 'I hiked 6 months across America and do the Grand Canyon in a day' group....So fighting harder had to be dialled up to 'you've told everyone your doing this and it's your 30th birthday so turning back is not ...
... up realised there was a HUGE sand dune to my left towering above me. It was seriously high. Quite unexpected and scary at night! In the morning I went sand boarding and riding on a dune buggy with about 7 or 8 other people from the hostel. We were in one dune buggy which seated us all with a Peruvian driver from Huacachina and you basically drive up one of the dunes until you reach the top, where there are then loads of dunes you can see for miles. The views were incredible to ...
... People really made an effort. It was a fantastic night and one I will remember for a long time!!
The fantastic food
I ate sooooo well in Peru. The Street food is really nice and safe (just avoid the guinea pig!!) and the restaurants are brilliant. If you want local food, you go to Chica or Chicolina. Lovely places...one of which, I am certain Lianne and I went to! Both times, I had Rocotto Relleno - stuffed peppers. Yum!
We had a late morning start on day four and tipped and said goodbye as a group to our staff of local cooks, mule drivers, tent erecters, etc. They were going to backtrack the route in the opposite direction while our minibus picked us up for the easy way back. The ride back to Calca was over a spectacular pass well above tree line and down into another valley. We stopped along the way to get out for short downward mini-trek for a couple hours along a stream through canyon ...