A Little Bit of Luxury
Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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As the tourist trains only leave Aguas Calientes in the evening, catering for the Machu Picchu day-trippers, we had an entire day to kill. We did a little bit of shopping for souvenirs but noticed that the prices here are pricier than those charged in Cusco. If you're after Peru souvenirs get them in Cusco. They're cheaper there. Finally it was time to head to the station to get the train so we grabbed our stuff from the Hospedaje's storage room and headed through the rain (yes it was still raining) to the station. After the Vistadome train had departed we scrambled onboard our train and read our books until the sun went down and there wasn't enough light to read anymore
At Cusco we got a taxi into town and as we'd just got engaged thought we'd lash out a bit and get our own room with a heater. Having some warmth in the room was going to be our little luxury. Walking close to Gringo Alley off Plaza de Armas we were approached by a tout saying he had a cheap room available. At 25 Sols for the room how could we refuse? To be honest it was a dump, but it did have a hot water shower. We were pretty tired so it would do for the night.
The next day Megan decided that, with Rick still suffering a bout of gastro and since we just got engaged we had to find a nicer place. We walked around and found a nice place nearby called the Royal Inka Hotel. They had a double room for $90 USD per night but Megan dropped the "Sorry for our rough appearance but we've been backpacking for a very long time. We just got engaged and would love to stay in a nicer place!" angle so they offered a room at $50USD per night and included breakfast. Even though we're pretty much broke at the moment this wouldn't break the bank.
The room was lovely. On the bottom floor was a lounge and bathroom with a bath. Yes a bath! Something we haven't seen in a very long time. Up the stairs to a mezzanine floor was the bedroom and we even had a balcony with a great view of Cusco. We cranked up the heater, Megan had a relaxing hot bath and we both enjoyed the novelty of cable television, even though most of the channels were in Spanish. It gave us the opportunity to relax, recharge our very drained batteries and for Rick to kick the Peruvian gastro bug we'd both managed to pick up.