Don´t eat guinea pig in Lima...

Trip Start Oct 02, 2007
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Hello all. Hope everyone is doing really well. We have had a pretty full on last couple of days.

We arrived in Lima from Buenos Aires, and we could not have chosen two more vastly differnt cities. BA was gorgeous. And clean. And lovely. Lima is not. It is always cloudy, the people are not friendly, and the city itself is ugly... But that didn´t bother us too much, we were just there in transit on our way to Cusco (which is about an hours flight away) where we would get the train to a town called Aguas Calientas, the gateway to Machu Picchu.

In Lima, this very lovely tourist lady that worked in our hostel, offered to set us up with some really good accommodation and some even better tours of the area and the ruins around the towns etc... We thought it was too good to be true, and generally, it was. We had booked our own flights to Cusco from Lima when we were in Perth and we were happy to go with those and find our feet in Cusco, but she was very persuasive. To cut a long story short, we ended up being over zealous and spent a bit too much money on a lot of tours. But who cares, right? You only see this once in a lifetime. We got a flight to Cusco at 4 am (and they upgraded us to first class- you little beauty) on John´s birthday. We checked into our hostel and wandered around - very slowly because we both had altitude sickness. We made our way to the ¨highest irish pub in the world¨ which is over 10 000 feet above sealevel where we preceeded to celebrate. At about 2am in the morning, I was woken up by what I thought was the sound of an earthquake, but it was John being very, very sick in the bathroom. This went on for about 4 hours, before we called a doctor to the hostel. He took one look at John (who did look like death warmed up) and put us straight in a taxi and took us to the hospital, where we stayed for the next three days. Turns out John had Salmonella poisoning. He spent the whole time in hospital on a drip lying in a bed, while we watched spansih cable tv. Luckily, our travel insurance paid for it all, and he is 100% better now.
However, this occured on a Sunday, and even though I had called our tour guide in Lima at 6 am that morning, she was unable to contact ¨her colleagues¨ in Cusco to change most of our tours. We ended up losing out on a lot of money and all of our tours. This also ruined any plans we had of going to Bolivia to see Lake Titicaca. We had to pay her MORE money so that we could go and see Machu Picchu when John was feeling better. (What we lost we will be claiming back on in surance, but it took all my strength not to punch her in the head)

But let me say, all of this crap was quickly forgotten once we saw Machu Picchu. We woke at 4:45 and took the first bus from Aguas Calientes to the ruins that day, before the sun even came up. (thanks for the tip Shan and Ben) Before the clouds even lifted. Before the Alpaca´s even cleared off for the day. It was empty, we were in like the first 30 people there. It was amazing. The most awesome thing either of us have ever seen. We climbed the mountain at the ruins called Waynapicchu. It is the one you see at the back of all of the postcard pictures. It took an hour, and it is a direct vertical climb. My thighs are still feeling it. But by the time we got up there and the sun had just come up, it was worth it. Worth the vertigo I got when the fatigue had worn off and I realised I was so high off the ground!!

After that, we made our way back to Cusco and then Lima and straight out to Miami. When we arrived at the airport for our flight out of Lima, we had to line up for 2 hours!! You should have seen this line. And we think we have problems in Perth.

Anyway, we are in Mexico city now and we will post a new blog in the next few days. Off to Acapulco tomorrow morning... we just have to wait for 11 kilos of our washing to be done by the laundress first.

Karrina, I have to tell you, I have not found anything on the menu yet that compares to your Mexican. I just had to tell you that.

Love to all.

J & T
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karrina on

then come home and i will make u the bestest nachos ever!!
miss u. love reading ur adventures!!!!

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