Cusco...right on time!!

Trip Start Oct 05, 2012
Trip End Apr 01, 2013

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Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Friday, December 21, 2012

There are some people who would say I like to plan and plan and plan things...and I would find it difficult to disagree with this statement!! I therefore spent a lot of time working out the best route to get me to Cusco in time to allow me to spend Christmas Day exploring Machu Picchu... And it worked!! I arrived 2 days before I set off on my tour, which has allowed me some much needed extra time to acclimatise to the altitude

The scenery on the way from Puno was spectacular, especially the latter half. I was also awake at this point therefore can comment with certainty, whereas the first half was a combination of dozing and bleary-eyed peering out of the window, when I may well have missed even more spectacular scenery... Anyway, 7 hours after leaving Puno we pulled into the Terminal Terrestre here in Cusco and in no time I was speeding in a taxi towards Ecopackers, my chosen hostel right in the centre.

Cusco is rightly known as a very touristy town, but it's hard not to like. It's incredibly pretty and everywhere you look there is something to do or see - be it exploring some of the many ruins and archaeological sites, visiting one of the numerous churches or galleries, shopping for artesian souvenirs in the markets and shops. Having said this, I have enjoyed a couple of quite lazy days where I have been determined not to rush around trying to see and do as much as possible. It's been very nice just wandering through the streets and squares, popping into places as and when I felt. The Inka Museum was a great starting point to learn a little more about this ancient civilisation, and I also learnt that Machu Picchu was discovered on my birthday - 24th July - albeit in 1911!! I also went to the Choco Museo, which is literally around the corner from my hostel and where I enjoyed a Hot Chocolate 'Mayan' style...a pot of melted chocolate, hot milk, honey, chilli which I could then mix and combine to suit my taste. Delicious, and sitting looking from a balcony into the square made it even nicer!

I had planned to visit a market in a town called Pisac, but decided to avoid yet another bus journey and will most likely go next week after I have done the tour to Machu Picchu. There are however many shops and stalls lining the streets which are hard to resist looking at, and perhaps buying a couple of things from... only, of course, the essentials needed for the Inka Jungle Trail. A giant poncho because it rains ALOT and some super wooly socks with a llama pattern (almost with a matching jumper, but I managed to stop myself..!!).

And so, I am ready for the trip which starts tomorrow morning. A combination of cycling and trekking, with the opportunity to raft and zip line as well. And then finally waking up on the 25th December at 4am to begin the hike up to the entrance gate to Machu Picchu. Now, that's a way to spend Christmas Day when I am so far away...!!
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. Ma on

Have a wonderful tour up to Macchu Piccu, we'll be thinking of you. Parcel arrived today and is already under the tree awaiting Christmas morning. Take care xxxxxxx

Pigwig on

I'm trying to persuade Dishy to make me a Hot Chocolate Mayan style ; )
What an exciting next few days, be safe - Merry Christmas Fooft xxxx

dishy!! on

Yes I remember it well, give MP a big LO from me, ope the trek is fab..u..lous, do ave a super Crimble and looking 4ward 2 the fotos!!

irene henry on

Merry Christmas!!!!! Enjoy your trip to Macchu Piccu. All our love and we will be thinking about you.xxxxxx

curlsandtales on

Thanks for all your comments guys!! I was indeed a great way to spend Christmas :-) xx

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