Urubamba - Sacred Valley

Trip Start Jul 09, 2007
Trip End Sep 10, 2007

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Kuchi Rumi

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

The journey from the airport to the much anticipated Kuchi Rumi was a little hell raising no thanks to our driver who darted from one side of the road to the other missing pot hole with admirable precision.  With a picture of Jesus near the car's gear stick perhaps God was watching over us as we arrived safe and sound.
Greeted warmly at Kuchi Rumi by Rodregrez (yes David E he has your alter ego as his name), the very busy manager took time to sit with us.  Welcoming us to the beautiful setting and our home for the next 2 nights.  Amazingly, we were to stay in a fully furnished little cottage with a very unusual fire place set within lovely gardens.  Complete with dogs and brand new puppy.
Exhausted from the journey we chose to spend the best part of the morning sleeping and planning what we would visit in the coming days.  Electing to visit the town of Olaytaytambo and our first Inca ruins, we were kindly driven by Rodregrez to a cash point and then to a spot where we could join a collective, taking us to our destination.  On arrival it was clear that the town was set up for gringos.  Finding a nice café in the square (Hearts Café) we enjoyed a spot of lunch pleased to know that the café gave a portion of its profits to a local charity.
Heading to the ruins and purchasing our ticket I was surprised to hear someone shout in our direction, "I know you!" to find one of the guys we met in Taganga - James sat on a wall.  Amazingly we had also bumped into him in Cartagena and 2 countries later... here he was.  Sharing his stories of trying the potent and hallucinogenic San Pedro drink, we climbed the ruins and admired the views.  The drink is made from cactus plants and requires you fast 24 hours before drinking.  It also frequently makes the consumer physically sick soon after consumption shortly followed by a 10 hour trip and self enlightenment.   
Saying goodbye to James and friend we found a spot for a beer and heading home to freshen up before spending the evening in a posh restaurant a few kms from our little cottage.  Enjoying a few more wines by the fire on our return........  more soon....
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