Cusco...right on time!!
Trip Start Oct 05, 2012
64Trip End Apr 01, 2013
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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
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...!!