Cusco for Christmas

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

At about 2am the staff started screaming and shouting (they were none English speaking so we couldn't understand). By 3am there was loud accompanying music by 5am there were windows being smashed or / and glasses being smashed. I gave up trying to sleep by 06:00 and headed down to try and get a WIFI password and see what the hell was going on. I was greeted by the bloke on reception drugged out of his mind and completely trollied, when I asked for WIFI he stood up to let me use the reception computer, his mate walked up to me bumped into me and said "police". WTF???

I quickly checked the emails and decided to get out of the way. I told Erica what had happened and she decided she didn’t want to spend Christmas here. She nipped to the loo opening the door which apparently you need to use our room key for and found the big guy having a poo on the toilet, the floor covered in urine and .... a pack of biscuits broken all over the floor. The odd thing was this was the staff..... again WTF???

We decided we probably wanted to move somewhere else but after a walk around town thought there was no way they could keep up the party so we would give it another night (yes it was that cheap  4 pounds odd to be precise). The town was beautiful and very European and touristy yet this does not detract from the whole feel of the place at all. We are set for a few days relaxing running into Christmas and a few days relaxing afterwards so don’t expect much from the blog... we are on our Christmas holidays!!!

So here we are in Cusco, the once beating heart of the mighty Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America – have that for your stats.  This gorgeous city which is surrounded by steep hills on all sides and is presided over by a Christ high up on a hill is where we will be spending our days on the run up to our trek to Machu Picchu – the lost city of the Incas.  We aren’t sure whether to indulge ourselves and purchase the Cusco Tourist Ticket which for 130 Soles each, allows you entry to most of the sights in and around town or to just chill out and take advantage of the wonderful restaurant and cafe culture here – sod it yes that’s what we will do and come back to the culture after New Year.

We wandered into an English pub at about 10:00am and had a full English breakfast and read magazines and newspapers from about 6 months ago. Oh this was turning out to be a wonderful holiday.  We watched a few films in the room and had a bit of a read and a night time stroll around the main square, the Plaza de Armas, with all the Christmas decorations lit up and the nativity scene a centrepiece, it was all very, very Christmassy. Great stuff I can handle a few more days of this. The temperature is cool and there is lots of rain... like most winters days back home then.  Yes this was turning out to be the best choice for Christmas – a little taste of home – Rainy Manchester.
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