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... so we stayed ambitious and tried not to think too much about the fact that we were headed home to friends, family and good ol' American food very, very soon. We left Ollantaytambo on the morning of August 2 (Day 220). We went to the main plaza to catch a collectivo to Cusco, but we couldn't find one. Eventually, a taxi driver approached us and agreed to charge us the collectivo price of 15 soles each, but he would need to find two more people to fill up ...
... At Llama Path, they had another option, Lares, whichever was 4 days/3 nights and 20 miles. They also just sounded much more organized and reputable (although more expensive) and we decided to book with them. The next trek was leaving Monday, July 28 at 4:30 am. With that settled, we went to find a hostel for the remaining 3 nights in Cusco. These activities took up most of the day and we hung out at our hostel bar and worked on some plans for the next few ...
... you might find, the meat and potato on a stick is awesome. On the way back from the station it started raining so we ducked into the artisan market to wait out the storm. With only a few hours left in Cusco we headed out for juice at the market where we ran into Lee and Leanne. Every time we go to the market we go past a few chicken places that smell delicious so tonight we decided on an early chicken dinner. They cook the chickens over an open fire so there is often a delivery of ...
... English translation for the gringos) who had done the trek 300 times already so no biggie. Thankfully we learnt a bit more about the bones of the trek as up until then I had absolutely no idea what we were doing except walking a lot for some reason. The next morning saw us departing Cusco at 5am for a 2 hour bus ride to the town of Ollantaytambo via another small town for breakfast and our first glimpse of lots of live guinea pigs in a pen ready for eating. Fun fact: they are ...
... old buildings kind of meditative - it forces you to really look at it and focus on it for a couple of hours, rather than just snapping a photo and moving on, and in doing so, you start to appreciate the intricacy and the craftsmanship thatīs gone in to it (itīs a pet hate of mine that gallery visitors donīt actually look at stuff).
I hasten to add these are just sketches... donīt go expecting some amazing work of art.