Expect the unexpected

Trip Start Nov 28, 2011
Trip End Apr 09, 2013

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Hostal Magico Cusco
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Sunday, May 13, 2012

We are on our way to Cusco from Puno. It is a beautiful ride with an impressive scenery. We are arriving in the afternoon and we made a reservation in the Magico Hostel. This hostel is spending their profits to a foundation which is educating the local children. The site is really beautiful, like a miracle. Small details and even a primitive heater in the room (which we really could appreciate during the Cusco nights as they are cold!).

However, the city is surprisingly international. You could be somewhere else and it is especially impressing as we have not seen and major brand stores for about... 2 months?? Incredibly rich compared to Bolivia.

As we did not had dinner yet, we went to a place which is also run for the same purpose, Aldea Yanapy. We had our daily menu in a magical setting. Maria found new friends and soon we finished our dishes. Back to the hostel and try to get some sleep. Unfortunately, Maria got sick during the night and it will last at least some days.... poor girl! This is not what she deserves!

The next morning, Mark and Jorgen went for information on the Machu Piccho tours. You can hike the Inca Trail, but the traditional one is sold out months in advance. The first possible date would be in september, so not an option. Then (now we know that Maria is sick) there are several alternatives. The first one is the 5 days, 4 nights (Salkantay trek). Not an option now we know that Maria is sick. The second trek is the Inca Jungle. 3 days, 2 nights with mountain biking and wandering. But as written before, not an option! Then, there is the bus-train combination. Only 3,5 hours of travelling to the Machu Piccho Pueblo (Agua Calientes). The only thing here with the MP tours is that everything is expensive, because you can not reach this site / city by car. The train companies ask for a return about USD 100 for just one and a half hour train trek!
Well, because it is such a big thing, we decided not yet what to do, maybe Maria will get better...

Back to the hostal as it was getting late. The hostel also got a nice living room with a lot of spanish dvd's. A good thing now Maria has to rest so we are watching Angels and Demons & Papillon. We are using the kitchen here and we prepared ourselves dinner with fresh vegatables - much cheaper that the tourity places and very fresh too!

After two days in bed (first the food poisoning, then the flu from the nights too close to too cold bathrooms in freezy Cusco) Maria was up again but yet quite weak. We decided to get up and down by train to Machu Picchu, without great walks. But before we prepared ourselves by visiting the Inca and the Casa Coche museum and learn some more about that site we are about to visit. Machu Picchu is the most visited site in whole South America...

On day number 3 of being ill Maria got better and we were heading into Cusco to buy ourselves tickets for the train to Machu Picchu from Ollantayatambo (Ollanta). Mark booked himself the ticket for the Salkantay trail, so after a period of travelling together, we will split up the next day. Time to unpack our big backpacks and pck the small one, because we will only be away for two days and then retourn to the hostel. So it is not neccessary to take all belongings with us. Plus: we can travel lightly and don't have to carry too much.
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