Quiero Cusco!

Trip Start Jan 23, 2008
Trip End May 23, 2008

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Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Friday, April 25, 2008

We survived our longest bus journey yet (15 hours!!!) to arrive in Cusco this morning. It was actually pretty nice bus, with reclining seats, blankets, movies, and food. There was even a bingo game and the sweet guy across the aisle from us won a free return ticket.

We experienced the first hitch in our make-it-up-as-we-go along approach. Usually, we pick out a couple places on our bus trip to the next town. We look for places that seem to have the best combination of value, location, and recommendations. For the most part, they have turned out okay....sometimes a little pricier than we would like, sometime a little grungier (or noisier or darker or smaller)....and sometimes they even exceed our expectations!

Well, today for the very first time we were unable to stay at the first place we randomly showed up at. They actually had one room left, but the price was a little high ($32) and they would not accept an advertised discount of 15% that we had, so we left. Given how much gear we have, this is not an action to take lightly. We lumbered down the narrow street, to find that the other place we had considiered was closed for remodeling. 0 for 2...unheard of !!! Fortunately, there was another place on the same block for $18. Small, basic, friendly, and good enough!

In retrospect, I figure the first place probably was actually $14 dollars nicer, but I am a woman of budget and principal, if not scrupulous preparation. : )

But all in all, the ling bus trip and logistics are well worth it. Cusco is amazing!!! Red tile roofs, one-lane cobbled streets, 16th century churches, quiet colonial courtyards, original Incan stonework everywhere, flowery plazas, in a stunning mountain setting.
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