Last few days in Peru

Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
Trip End Jun 12, 2009

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ho K

So after returning from our trek i woke in the night with a fever and stomach cramps....guessing it was something i ate.  So i spent the next full day and night led in bed resting up.  All better now, but i will take this chance to tell you about some of the communities we passed during our trek.

A few traditions of some of the remote communities we passed during the salkantay trek:

  * When getting married, as with your weddings the groom gets to choose his best man.  Only difference in the small community we passed......the night of the wedding the best man must spend the night with the bride.....and not just talking! i mean "Spend the night"
  * If  a woman wishes to get married one of the main tests is how well she can cook a guinee pig!  Being able to empty the intestine and stuff it with potatoes correctly before cooking is a skill that is passed from mother to daughter, and if a woman struggles to do this correctly she will struggle to find a man to marry!
* If a guy likes a girl and would like to marry her.  While she is tending her flock of sheep or llamas or whatever he will play a musical instrument from a distance be it flute or guitar.  each day the man will get closer and closer still playing love songs.  Eventually he will be close enough to steal the womans blanket and run home.  Upon doping this the father of the girl must then go to the boys house and ask why the blanket was stolen....this is where the wedding of the couple is arranged by both parents agreeing on land and animals provided if the ceremony is to take place.

After i had fully reseted up we decided to change to a different hostel and for a double room en - suite  it cost us the low price of 20 soles each a night aka 4squids! whoop!

We spent this day by climbing to the top of a mountain in cuzco...called something that sounds like "sexy woman" to watch INTI RAYMI an Inca festival, which depicts the first moments of the culture, through dance and acting.


The good thing about this was that for tourists the price was $90 but me and zo decided to sit with the locals in the distance....not such a good view.  Dont think the locals were to happy about this...and rightly so.  There was a hill ovelooking the stage with a line of police stopping people from going onto it...but as me and zo were stood there hundreds of locals rushed passed them breaking down the barrier getting a good view for the and zo joined them and saved ourselves the $90 tourist price Whoop!

After this we enjoyed some beer and cards with friends we have met along the way ...there is now a gang of 9 travelling together.

We then headed to puno, a town next to lake Titicaca... en route we decided we would change our plans and head to the bolivean side of the lake to a town called Copa ..copacobana.  After a night in puno we did just this and jumped on a bus for Bolivia.........

I just want to recommend the book im currently reading...actually i will be finished by the end of the day but i still want to recommend it.  It is a book written by a young woman growing up in cambodia during the pol pot days.... its very interesting, sad, moving and i havent been able to put it down since it was given to me by MR Paul Mac sir...thanks paul!  

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