Welcome to Cusco, now lets start the tour
Trip Start Aug 28, 2008
10Trip End Sep 06, 2008
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We landed in LIM and went through immigration and customs
The LAN flight was fantastic. This could be my new favorite airline. Left right on time, we got breakfast, and there was in-flight entertainment for the 55 minute flight. The entertainment was Alan Feinberg style bloopers (for those of you who do not know Alan Feinberg, think British style "Smile, You're on Candid Camera" or for you younger readers, "Punk'd"). Very entertaining, but I was more interested in looking out the window at the view of the Andes Mountains
We first stopped at the llama and alpaca farm. Learned the difference between the two "South American Camels" and were able to feed and pet them. This is where we tried coca tea (used to help with the acclimatization of the altitude. Apparently coca leaves have 19 medicinal qualities). We then walked over to the woman's center to see how they turned the fur into thread for blankets, sweaters, textiles, etc. Finally, in true Disney fashion, we ended in the store for some over priced goods. Ended up buying a hat and scarf to support the locals.
Afterward we headed to Pisac to check out the ruins and go to the market. This was our first experience with Incan ruins and what a sight. We were dropped off at the top, walked up and down the mountain for 3.5 hours and finally felt the altitude. We never got a headache, but boy is it hard to breathe at 10,000 feet. Learned an awful lot about the people of the incan times.
We then went down to the town of Pisac and stopped to have some lunch
Finally after a long day we checked into our bed and breakfast at Kuychi Rumi (located in one of the towns of the Sacred Valley called Urubamba). Rodrigo showed us to our casita (#4) and gave us the tour of the 2 bedroom/2 bath house. Came with a kitchen, fireplace, and balcony on the second floor. Since I was working on close to 30 hours of no sleep, we decided to take a 2 hour nap. Woke up around 8, and called down to Rodrigo to get someone to start the fire for us and to get room service. Perhaps I didn't notice this when Rodrigo was giving us the tour, but there was an interesting statue placed next to the fireplace (check out the pictures below for your own assessment). Just hung out in the living room for a few hours till the fire died down and went to bed for the night.