The very serious perro problem

Trip Start Aug 31, 2008
Trip End Feb 02, 2009

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

I´m not sure if I´ve mentioned the degree to which stray dogs have the run of most cities we´ve been to, but Urubamba is decidedly the worst as far as wild packs of family dogs are concerned. I would regret not having gotten a rabies vaccination before we left, but all of these animals seem genuinely cowed in the presence of any human, running away with their tails between their legs. Someone´s been mistreating them it seems, but at least they´re leaving me alone. Lest you feel too sorry for the perros, they get to eat up all of the leavings from the street market, have free run of the whole town, the world is their toilet, and I guess I shouldn´t discuss the stuff they should be doing behind closed doors. It´s at least entertaining.
In other news, Nathan and I went to Ollyantaytambo (I can´t spell it the same way twice) this morning, arriving before 8am to beat the tourist crowd. It was truly an amazing site, with a beautiful village to match. Not even 8 pizza restaurants per square meter with english menus could spoil the atmosphere (well, almost.) We climbed around on the ruins for awhile (here, there are no amusement parks, so priceless national ruins double as rides), took a self-guided tour of the city with no information, and marveled at the six-year old girl doing her family´s laundry in the 500-year old aqueduct outside her house.
Tomorrow, we´ll be taking a bus to the small town of Huaran, the start of Lares Valley, our next trek. We got a fancy people map and some excellent route advice from Miguel at South American Explorers Club in Cusco. Go look him up please, he´d love to drag you out into the middle of nowhere. In 4 days and 3 nights we´ll be back to tell you all about it.

P.S. There´s going to be a gap in pictures, due to secret technical difficulties. Thanks to me hanging a quite fashionable solar panel from my bag all day though, we have plenty of battery power (Nathan´s ingenious method of saving three dollars.) The good news is that you get to see recent pictures from our day in Ollayantaytamgo (at this point, I´m just being silly). No llamas, but a few indigenous folks, (if they catch you taking their picture they expect a tip, so you have to be sneaky if you´re cheap like us) some more of your favorite meat market shots, mototaxis (a whole taxi strapped to a tiny honda minibike), and ruins, of course.

P.P.S. From now on, Im going to upload pictures in another web album whenever I encounter slow upload times (most everywhere.) If youd like to see the other 25 or so photos from today, click on over here:
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