San Agustin Urubamba Hotel
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Harry warned us that the next few days would be busy. Our first stop is a lookout over Cusco where there is a replica of the statue of Christ the Redeemer (although much smaller) similar to the one in Rio in Brasil. This one was donated by the Palestinian community of Cusco. See pictures of us and the group at the site. We are also joined by a …
... involving the efforts of thousands of workers. The complex was still under construction at the time of the conquest by the Spaniards and was never completed. After Manco Inca was defeated by the Spanish at Saqsayhuaman following the unsuccessful siege of Cusco (1536) he retreated to Ollantaytambo. Francisco Pizarro's younger brother Hernando led a force of 70 cavalry, 30 foot soldiers and a large contingent of natives to capture Manco Inca. ...
... was sick, we would leave before the group tomorrow with the assistant guide, Joel. This would give us a chance to cover some ground and hopefully arrive arpund the same time to the camp spot. Day 2 is the hardest, we trek to the highest point of the trail, 4200 masl, andthen hike 2hours down to our lunch/camp spot. Since the altitude is so high they dont stop for lunch prior to the peak. We are supposed to depart at 5:30am and arrive at lunch/camp at 2pm - we will stop twice for small ...
... with the river flowing below. Everyone is in high spirits and the weather is perfect. We have been truly spoilt today. When we get to our lunch spot our jaws gape and 'wow' appears to be the only word we can muster. We appear to be on a huge flat rock overlooking the hilltops of the Andes and my God is it beautiful. After we have eaten a few of us climb a little higher to what looks like Pride Rock from the Lion King. All of a sudden I find myself alone staring out across ...
... chicken (as a precaution due to her stomach) and I went for the beef. Both steaks came out sizzling on slates together with a big bowl of chips, some salad and 4 dipping sauces. After the trek food the steaks were very satisfying - just what we needed. Finally, after dinner, we headed back to the hotel for a well deserved sleep - falling asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow. I don't know about Charlotte, but there were a lot of steps in my dreams - you can't escape ...