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Trip Start Sep 15, 2008
Trip End Jan 01, 2009

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Well one more overnight bus down, many more to go, we arrived in Cuzco (aka Cusco aka Qosqo) and checked into the Loki backpackers hostal.  This is an awesome place, free internet, tea, coffee, real hot showers, cheap drinks, the best view in town, and a real good English breakfast (even though they call it Irish).
First on the agenda was solving the sandy camera problem.  Some online research suggested banging it on a hard surface and we thought why not?  No luck there.  Then we stopped by a few camera repair shops and no one could get it completed by the time we were leaving for our Machu Pichu trek.  Since Machu Pichu is one of the 8 wonders of the world, and a big stop on our list, this was not good.
We narrowed it down to 2 choices, by a crap $150 camera for the trek and pick up our camera to use after the a real camera.
side note: Before leaving Canada we sold our D300 and lenses to fund our trip but our little point and shoot just wasn't doin it for us.  At this point we were already thinking about picking one up in Asia.
With the vistas of Machu Pichu in our day dreams and the annoying phrase ¨lens error¨ in our recent memory we decided to splurge and buy a SLR.  Without much choice in Cuzco we found a store selling an XSi package that would work extremely well.  We immediately put our negotiating skillz into play and after 1 hour of arguing with the store staff and owner we were out the door with a big smile on our face - A real camera for the rest of the adventure!!
As a major stop on the tourist trail, Cuzco is full of street touts.  T-shirt mister?  Massage, real cheap!  Agua, Gaseosa, etc. etc.  By far the most entertaining are the shoe shine boys.  If you are walking around in flip flops they'll approach you.
Shoe Shine Boy: Shoe shine mister, 1 soles.
Arik: No gracias, I'm wearing sandals.
Boy: Si, es possible.
Arik: HA! go away.
In addition there are the cutest little girls walking around in traditional dress and carrying baby alpacas or sheep posing for pictures.
The rest of our time in Cuzco we spent setting up a trek for Machu Pichu (we saved about $300 by shopping around so it helped to justify the camera), buying some gifts, eating Alpaca, and picking up some books at a ridiculously cheap english language book store.
Next on the agenda - Machu Pichu!
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