Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
121Trip End Aug 10, 2010
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The second lesson I learned this week, was anytime we go to a place with lots of people, don't bring any valuables. Nik was pick pocketed at the Soccer match and our video camera was stolen. It only had our photos of Machu Picchu on there....boohoo. I did have a premonition prior to going to the game, so I left my purse at home. I guess its one less thing to carry! At least I still have my other camera.
The game was awesome. Cusco won 2 to 0. Of course the second goal was embarrassingly made by Uruguay!
Friday, we had a big party for the kids at the orphanage
Nikolas has really found a new love: horseback riding! We went horseback riding again, but this time, it was only us and the guide, Gabrielle. He took us way up into the mountains. It was absolutely gorgeous. We stopped and I sat in between the trees and the sun was warmly hitting my face. I must have dozed off for 20 minutes. These Andes Mountains generate powerful energies. I dreamt that I was flying. And I didn’t even have any coca leaves! I can see why the Incas respected these mountains and the land. The diverse landscape and climate makes for a hard life though.
On Sunday, we took a tour to Sacred Valley. I knew that when the bus arrived, I was not going to like this tour! The bus was big and there were lots of people. This is a sign that you will be herded like cows! But so many people said that this tour was great and I listened
The ruins at Pisac were absolutely beautiful. It’s amazing the amount of ruins there are in Cusco and surrounding areas. Both Pisac and Ollantaytambo should be on the map with Machu Picchu. Of course, what make Machu Picchu great are the surrounding mountains.
I really wish we would have gone to these by ourselves, as I would have like to stay at the top for a little while before being herded down to the bus so fast. Actually, this is my third lesson this week. No more big bus tours!
We are off to the Amazon on Saturday, which will be a nice change from Cusco. From everyone who has already been, I know we will see some amazing creatures but again COLD showers
On Thursday we went to another soccer match there were a lot of people. There must have been at least 5000 people. While we walking through the crowd someone stole the video camera. My mom was so mad! But other than that it was a great, between Cusco, Peru vs. Uruguay the score was 2-0 and Peru won. Some of the men sitting next to us were chanting "hijo de p?ta, hijo the p?ta" to the referee making bad calls. If you understand Spanish then you’ll know what I mean. They even threw a potato at him but it just misses his head.
On Friday we had the party for orphans. Every kid got ¼ of a chicken after that they had cake and ice cream. Then when the orphans were lining up for the piñata. The first kid in line open it and when the candy and toys fell out the orphans went crazy and they were like animals. The big kids got socks and underwear. The small kids got toy cars and candy.
Then on Saturday we went horse back riding again and it was amazing. I had a nice yellow horse, called a Palomino, that was beautiful.
On Sunday we went to Sacred Valley. It was cool to see all the faces on the mountains and different sites were amazing. The first stop was Pisac market and I brought 2 very small flutes. We hiked up to the Pisac ruins, it was awesome up there, but it was scary coming down. The second stop was at Urubamba and that is where we had lunch a had pasta the ketchup look like blood. I also ate salmon, which was really good.