Hotel and Spa San Augustin Urubamba
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Today we visited one of the most beautiful places on earth. It was a remote lake with the only other people there being a local farmer and a reed fisherman ( more of that later). The water was so clear and calm that you couldn't tell where the land ended and reflections began. We were met by our guide who bravely took us kayaking. Ben got the short …
... tools . The next tour involved visiting a commune of ladies dyeing and weaving alpaca wool. They sang for us on two occasions and demonstrated how they dyed wool using the cochineal beetle from the cactus plant . Rubbing the beetle gives bright red then add salt and it turns pink and so on and so on adding different plants to create different colours. Annette couldn't resist buying a couple ...
Oh man. Today was tough. Scott's cold got worse, which made it super rough for him to you know, hike up a mountain. Today was the longest day - 16kms (10hrs), and we didnt get off to an early start as we had planned. Our group was at least 30mins ahead of us for the majority of the day. When we caught up to them at the lunch spot we found that they had waited for us! Lunch was overlooking a stunning view of the mountains. Scott started to feel a bit better during the second half ...
... ruins of Pisac, where the heavens opened and it ****** down gloriously the entire time until we got back on the bus - fantastic. I decided to wait it out under a canopy until Dan informed me that was not happening and I was being led up the soaking steps of Pisac where the health and safety in Peru is, let's saying, lacking. After that it was my favourite time of day, lunch! We ate at the Parwa Community Restaurant in the small village of Huchuy Qosco. The food was sublime ...
... still be seen in the ground. Finally we found another good vantage point for a photo and taking turns with Sean and Michaela took some couples pictures before heading for the main gate - getting our passport stamped with the Machu Picchu stamp on the way - to catch a bus back to Aguas Calientes. Charlotte and I were lucky and managed to get on the 11.30 bus and avoid the queues that we were told would start to build up after 12pm. There were a lot of twists and ...