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... moving all the time; work is really behind too which is worrying. Where does the time go?
Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city to it’s capital Lima. Surrounded by 3 large awe inspiring volcanoes, it suffers regular earthquakes; it is famous for it’s cuisine and beautiful town centre built form their local white “silar” rock.
We planned to visit the Colca canyon whilst we were here but the bus journey that day was so ...
I'm about 3days behind so I'll start catching up Day 1 hike Woke up at 3:30am after about 4 hrs sleep To meet our bus at 4:30am. Edgar and John our driver both met us at the hotel and drove us to the meeting place. Every one was on time in our group but the bus broke down so we stood and waited for over an hour until they found a bus. Our group of 6 are Kris and I , Puiu a Romanian living in Switzerland who is branding consultant, his buddy Adrienne from Romania living in ...
... for the 2,000 step hike up the mountain. (Remember, Hiram Bingham was led up the same mountain by an 8 year old boy back in 1911!) The reason for the early start is to see the sun rise on Machu Picchu.
Having arrived in time, the sun rise didn't eventuate as there was cloud on the horizon. This, however, didn't lessen the impact or the majesty that this astonishing archaeological site had on ...
... wonderful! He could see we were enjoying ourselves so he also gave us a taste of Matacuy, a liqueur made at El Albergue. It had a distinctive taste which we thought was molasses and confirmed with Miguel (though "molasses" didn't translate in Spanish "brown thick sugar" did). He told us how to say it in Spanish but now it escapes me.
We went off to bed fully satisfied with our first full day in Peru but sad we would be leaving Ollantaytambo in the morning.
... and it is strangely content with being close to humans not even tight to anything. It just sat and ate a green leaf. Initially no one wanted to touch it, as it looked like one of those animals that might not be very friendly, but in a moment we figure it just does not mind us much. Later we found out that it some sort of coati bear and it is actually nocturnal, so it was probably just very sleepy. There is also a tiny monkey. We don't ask, but the unfortunate reality is that most tourist ...