Day 3

Trip Start Dec 09, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2005

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Holy crap! Our flight into Cuzco scared the pants off me. Brian loved it of course. Older than God that plane was. The window shade looked like Swiss cheese when you pulled it down; it had sooo many holes in it. We laughed the entire way there; the thing was so broken down. Even the dinner tray was all flopsy - it just fliped down and swung from side to side on its own every 5 minutes. So we are cruising along at a nice comfortable altitude, and our plane takes a hard left then nose dives - this is a regular size commercial plane mind you. I'm tinking we are about to die, brian is looking at me with huge eyeballs, and no one else seems to even notice. Why is no one noticing this tragedy? And in about 3 minutes, tops,  we have landed.  Cusco airport is nestled in the Andes mountains - so rundays are short and "nestled".
Now Cuzco is exactly what we pictured Peru to be. People are friendly; scenery is unbelievable and still a slight culture shock, which is nice. It's the only place we've seen restaurants solicit business like teenage boys on spring break. We have found ourselves addicted to the infamous and various cocoa leaf products of Peru: cocoa leaf tea, gum, the monkey on our back! We got suckered into 2 tours, but they turned out to be pretty sweet.One to the local museum and some Ruins right in town - and the other of the Sacred Valley.  Learned a lot about the culture, saw a lot of sights, ruins and bought a lot of "stuff". Got to try a little back country Inca moonshine along the way...mmmm. Chicha - it does have booze in it.
We leave for Machu Piccu tomorrow morning. 4 days 3 nights. And currently planning an Amazon trek now to what is known locally as "Virgin Jungle". So virgin in fact, we are the first ones to take this tour...LITERALLY! No lie, we can forward you the e-mail. Why they told us this, we don't know. Good times.
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