Inca Kola and the quick buck in tourist central.
Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
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I have only been here a couple of days, and haven't yet decided where and on what I will spend my money. Maybe I'll just spend it on Inca Kola (apparently there's only two countries in the world where they have a soft drink that's outselling Coca Cola. One is Peru with it's Inca Kola and the other is Scotland with it's Irn-Bru). I planned on going back to Machu Picchu (I was there three years ago), but I think I'll skip it for the following reasons:
- It's pretty expensive to go there.
- It was perfect and one of my most awesome experiences ever, when I visited in August 2002. I don't want to ruin (literally) that feeling, unless I of course find that special someone to share the moment with ;-)
I would have also liked to do The Inca Trail ending up at Machu Picchu (the last time I went to Machu Picchu, I went with the train), but it's getting incredibly busy. I have heard that The Inca Trail is now "pre-booked" until October/November timeframe. I find that pretty funny, as a couple of friends of mine did the Inca Trail back in 1998. Then you could do it on your own, without an agency, guides and porters. When I was in Cuzco in August 2002, you had to book a couple of days in advance to do the trek, while you now have to hang around for a couple of months for an available spot. Wonder what it will be like in a few years time??? So I guess I won't go back to Machu Picchu this time, unless I decide to do the spectacular Salcantay trek. Apparently it's harder than The Inca Trail, with climbs over 4800m high passes. We'll see, I may decide on the Choquequirau trek or Manu National Park instead. Can't afford all of them I think, or???