Cusco, Inka capital

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2010

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Southern Comfort Guesthouse

Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Monday, October 12, 2009

We arrive early in Cusco from our overnight bus to rediscover Alan our fellow Perth-ite, staying at the same hostel. He showed us some of the sights of Cusco, including the 12 sided Inka stone and the puma stone (invented by someone with a good imagination and possibly photo shop). We also visited a few museums until we had our fix of mummies.
The following day we took a minibus to Pisaq, a town in the beautiful sacred valley. If there was a town in there somewhere, we sure couldn't find it beneath all the tourist markets we couldn't even find the church that we were looking for (very unusual not to immediately spot the church). The real reason for our visit however was the ruins of an Inka city on the hill and we were not disappointed.
We caught a crowded local bus back (6 people had to get off to let us out of the front seats) to visit 4 more Inka sites. At Saqsayhuaman, which to the amusement of gringos is pronounced sexy woman, there is a large school group visiting and Bevan is much in demand as a photo backdrop.
We finally meet up with Kassia and Loz, fresh off their bus ride from hell, to mentally prepare for our Inka trail trek. Another tourist tells us that we simply must buy walking sticks for the trail, it is madness to try without and 'I should know, I'm a physio'. Lauren's advice (also a physio) 10 minutes later when she manages to stop laughing? Toughen up princess.
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