Recovery time or maybe not!
Trip Start Nov 15, 2009
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Steve and I had anticipated getting on a bus to Arequipa the following evening but unbeknown to us, there were protests planned for the Thursday and Friday and no cars, buses or trains were getting in or out of Cuzco, so basically we were stuck! The protests are by the people to the government to reduce the cost of gas and nationalise it. We ventured out Thursday day to see what was going on in town - a huge police presence including riot police but we didn't actually see any violence. I think that took place outside of Cuzco where we heard of fire bombs being thrown at cars etc. Anyhow, the streets were deserted of cars and the shops were pretty much all closed as anyone open would have been pelted with stones
Steve and I ventured out to some bars on the Thursday evening, one of which had live music. Having expected it to be a rock band of some sort, we were pleasantly surprised to hear some cool alternative Inka music. The band had about 6-8 members and a huge variety of traditional Inka instruments. I ended up helping them to sell their Cd's during their break - the name of the band if anyone wants to google them is "Amaru Pumac Kuntur".
Friday, we managed to get a bus ticket out of Cuzco to Arequipa - 10 hours on an overnight bus. the rest of the day was spent finalising outstanding chores - yes even as a backpacker you still have a list of things to get done! I also treated myself to some spa treatments after all that hardcore trekking and would recommend ANDINO SPA and a lady called Olga for anyone wanting any treatments in Cuzco.
Next stop Arequipa, for some new sights and some more trekking in Colca Canyon!