May 13, 2010
. Ridding horses can make you sore; at least it did for me. I rode the horse at full speed, holding on for dear life in the open mountains of Cusco. It was such a great feeling. We rode the hoses to two other ruins, temple of the moon and temple of the monkeys. There were lamas everywere. I could have rode the horse all day but it had to come to an end as everything in life does. On the way back down the mountain we came across this hole in the wall kitchen were a lot of locals were so I decided to have lunch there. The food was great! Soup first, then the main dish which consisted of rice,chicken in this tastey sauce, and potatoes. And to wash it all down it came with this local drink made of black looking corn. The best thing about it was that it only cost 3.50 Soles, thats nothing; I´m going there to eat everyday that I can. I´m off to the Inka Trail tomorrow, super excited.
Today I was wakened at 4:30am by the girls in my dorm room because they were off to the Inka Trail to Machu Pichu. Once they left, I slept a little longer, had breakfast and I was off. I walked around town exploring each street that lead to the mountains. But, before getting to the hills I decided to walk into the main cathedral in the Plaza de Armas. Mass was going on so I also sat in on the mass. The cathedral is so amazing...arched cielings, gold sculptures, large paintings. I was in awe the whole time. The mass was interesting because after communion, all the people migrated to a different alter. There were enough alters to have like six masses all at once. While wondering around, I ran into this French guy who was an organic farmer. He spoke real good spanish so when we arrived at the Sacsayhuaman Inca Ruins, he did all the negotiating for this horse ride up in the hills. We only paid 25 soles (a little under 9 dollars). It was such a deal because I actually had to learn how to control the horse. I was expecting a follow the learder type deal. It was great though, I had the time of my life