I'm going to Canada

Trip Start Aug 17, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

We arrived into Cusco at 7am and got in a taxi. My negotiating is top notch for a gringo and I scored us a taxi for 6 soles to wild rover hostel. It was the same chain of hostels we stayed at in Arequipa, and they are renowned for wild parties. There is one more in la Paz, and if you stay at all three you get a free t shirt. Challenge accepted. We went to check in, but there was no space so we sat around on the Internet, booking things to do in the next few days. The others rolled in unexpectedly and the crew was back together.

We went on a free walking tour at midday and walked around to some sweet places in town; the plaza de armas, another little plaza, a random out of the way hipster neighbourhood, a building built by the incas using the same anti seismic techniques used at machu picchu, the chocolate factory, a sushi restaurant and a restaurant that served alpaca so I got to eat that again. We also went to a lookout church which gave us 270 degree vies of Cusco. Overall the tour was good, but 3 hours of walking at 3400masl wasn't the funniest thing in the world but the city is insanely colonial and beautiful.

After the walking tour, we went to the highest altitude 100% Irish owned Irish pub in the world. Yeah I know what a far fetched claim, but I guess it is true. Afterwards we used the trusty starbucks wifi and I reached a milestone, and finally booked my flight to Canada. I leave from la Paz on the morning of the 5th, get to Bogota a few hours later and have 4 hours to walk around town before I'm on another flight to Toronto. 3 countries in a day, although not a record for me (4), its still pretty impressive.

The afternoon consisted of checking in and then we took a taxi to the christo blanco on the top of a hill with 360 degree views of Cusco and also of some inca ruins called sacsayhuaman. The christo blanco is a statue like the christ the redeemer in rio but way smaller. We arrived just as the sun was setting and right when a lighting storm rolled in over the Andes. Beautiful. We stayed and took photos for about half an hour then went back to town where we went shopping and I got a new jumper for Canada.

Due to the very limited amount of time i have left in Latin America i need to rush my way through activities a bit so we booked a tour to lake Titikaka for after Machu Picchu tomorrow. This consists of another night bus to Puno, then a day tour of the lake followed by a bus to Bolivia. We then went and had dinner and went to bed after packing our stuff for Machu Picchu.
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