Weekend sightseeing and managing to avoid the rain
Trip Start Sep 09, 2010
46Trip End May 28, 2011
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Where I stayed
172 Tanda Pata, San Blas
As I had nothing planned this weekend I thought I´d go sightseeing and do a few days trips to keep me amused. Doris from SAE recommended a few. The SAE does have a list of tour operators that they recommend but to be honest its difficult to find half of them, so I ended up going into a few near my hostals and comparing prices and then went into the city centre. I ended up going with Luna Tours one of the many companies that line the streets of Cusco, but they were the cheapest...which is not always a good thing, but I suppose its good to try them all out. So each day trip cost 30 sols which is just over 7 english pounds. My first trip was to Moray and Moras. I had to meet outside the office for 8.45, a lady then met me and took me to the plaza behind where there were literally dozens of mini bus vans parked and tourists crowded around.
This lady told me to wait a while and then she went off
From there were headed across dirt tracks to Moras and the salt mines. This was really unusual not seen anything like it before
It was still raining in Cusco when I got back what miserable weather we´ve had of late reminds me too much of home. It´s supposed to be spring/summer in Peru...but I actually think the winter is the best time to come when it might be cooler but it doesn´t rain, I hate the rain.
When I got back to the hostal I got chatting to a Swedish lady Sharda who was staying for a few days. She´d been travelling up to Ecquador and Columbia. She´s been in Peru for about 5 months but was heading off to Chile to visit the Galapogos Islands and Argentina. We had a good ole chat, she offered my some wine, I have now discovered you can buy cartons of ok red wine for about two pounds....we chatted away until 1am.
Next day and I´m up early again for my second trip of the weekend. I got down to the office for 9am and again was taken to the plaza to wait to be put onto a tour. This time is started raining heavily, I´d forgotten to bring my poncho but did take a waterproof jacket but it was a really unpleasant beginning to the day, made even worse by the fact it took them over an hour to find me a tour
We were lucky with the weather, the rain did not follow us. On this trip we visited a 17th century church Andahuayllias, known as the sistine chapel of the andes apparently, and two pre inca sites at Pikillaqta and finally Tipon. Again really interesting sites which make good pictures too. Tipon is also famous for its oven grilled cuy (guinea pig) so we stopped off and well I couldn´t resist. But this was different to the one I tried in Aguas Calientes. This was fresh and looked like a guinea pig. I shared half with another tourist on the trip, it came with potatoes and pasta. It was much better than the first time round, but there is still very little meat on it the best part is the thigh, but I think twice is enough for one lifetime!
Once I got back to Cusco I bumped into Sharda in an internet cafe. We went for a drink and cake in Jack´s Cafe which is quite famous - according to an American we met in the queue she was told they make the best cappuccionos in the world. I had a hot chocolate and a chocolate muffin which was perhaps the best I´ve ever tasted in the world it was delicious.