Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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Finally arriving in Cusco we grabbed a taxi into the main part of town, having to wait or about 20 minutes in traffic as a local school paraded down the street. Cusco seems to have a lot of parades from all kinds of schools, clubs etc. In the hostel room we crashed into our beds; sores arms and bums from the bike ride and sore ears from the crazy cotton wool lady
Getting up early we didn't do anything interesting except organise our train tickets to the famous Machu Picchu. Unfortunately these ruins have turned into a bit if a tourist circus and the price was pretty steep. We were hoping to catch the cheap local train but if you're a tourist you are forced to take either a Vistadome or the slightly cheaper Backpacker train service. That's the only way you can get to Agus Calientes, the town near the ruins.
Having to wait another day for the train we'd heard about the famous Inca 12 Sided Stone, just off the Plaza de Armas in the heart of town. After wandering down a tiny alley we walked straight past it. Heading back to a section where a crowd had gathered, in the wall, yes there was a stone with twelve sides. Wow! Twelve sides! It's like a brick with twelve sides. Back at the hostel a wedding reception had taken over the place. We only saw one other backpacker in the place, looking at us with "what the?" in their eyes. That's exactly what we were thinking. It was a bit strange as the wedding party set up their tables right out front of our room. We could basically sit in bed and look out the window to the party. It made it really embarrassing when you wanted to go to the toilet or have a shower, as you had to ask some of the guests to move their chairs so we could get out of our room. At one stage one guy belted out song in Spanish, something to assist in helping us get to sleep...