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Decided to relocate to somewhere with a decent kitchen as
decent restaurants are sparse here. The first place I tried had relocated
several blocks uphill to the old arch into the centre – good exercise and great
views to the lake from the roof.
Managed to negotiate the price to something economical, for
which there was a decent kitchen, breakfast included, a nice modern room with
TV, WIFI, hot showers, views ...
On getting back to town 2 days ago, I had reserved my bus
seat out at 10am today to give me a relaxed departure.
Had a good breakfast, with proper bread, coffee and they had
taken on board my suggestion about alternative jam flavours too and even
discounted my room charge.
At the bus station things went downhill, when the cruddy
company had changed the bus configuration ...
... F. We walked a way down into the terraces and then used "flying staircases" to get from one terrace to the next. These are rocks that protrude from the wall of the terrace creating steps.
We learned that these Incan terraces were not cut into the mountain but a wall is built and then filled with a layer of small rocks, then a fine layer of sand and then soil for planting. This allows for great drainage and prevents the site from flooding in ...
Was a lovely sunny morning and the French started gabbing at 6am so was glad I decided on an early start – legs were ok so decided on the massive but scenic climb up to Tapay, a little colonial village in a lush terraced valley overlooked by snowcapped peaks.
Met some friendly locals on the way and one toothless hag who cursed me out for my not giving her a tip because she was in my photo – the Colca valley clothing is quite distinctive ...
The 3am start was a killer though I should be getting used
to them by now. It was 3.5 hours to our first stop in Chivay so they dished out
the cushions and blankets and I eventually dozed off. Woke up in snow covered
ground and cold – we were going over the high pass to get to Colca Canyon –
from here it was downhill along winding roads with great views barely visible
in the early light from the steamed ...
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