santiago - lima - cusco- macchu picchu
05.12.2008 16 °C
ok so i have neglected this a tad so will try to sumamrise as quick and non boringly as i can!
So since we last checked in we have been in Peru....trains planes and automobiles and were still here!
When we arrived back to Chile after the bus tour down south we went straight to the airport after a few cocktails for a lovely 12 hour wait!
heidi and chiara managed to fall asleep on the metal benches while i did laps of the airport to keep warm!
Eventually arrived in Lima after a really nice flight and were picked up by a taxi driver from the hostel...change of currency again just as we were getting to grasps with the last one so were prob throwing around money like 3 little pigs whove just won the lotto!
Contrary to all the stories we´d heard about not setting foot outside the hostel door in Lima we thought it was actually quite nice!
I think i was just delighted to buy some flip flops seeing as I forgot them so i was happy out after about 5 mins!
We decided to be very cultured and go to the cinema to see james bond...when in lima!!!
Left 2 days later on our bus trip to Cusco which was a lovely 23 hours NON STOP over crappy little roads winding round the mountains!
our seats were situated beautifully beside the toilets which was very pleasant! The lady working the aisles took an immediate dislike to us being the only 3 non south americans on the bus and answered every question with no and a little smile...at one point heidi asked her for some hot water to put a tea bag in AS she was pouring hot water into someones coffee cup and the response was no anglais seniorata!!
Our ears must have popped about 17 times as we climbed up towards cusco which is on level with the clouds!! We felt like 3 heavenly little pigs! (¨,)
Arrived in Cusco and found our hostel...Loki which was great! Suzanne Taylor had recommended it to us as it has branches all over s.america!
The hostels we´d been in had been very small and no atmosphere but Loki was huge with hammocks in a courtyard and loads of people around so being the friendly pigs we are we befriended a troop of danish and aussie guys who showed us the main centre and the nightlife after the premiere of the rafting video in one of the bars!
We went market shopping the next day and exhausted ourselves haggling!
Befriended some local ladies in peruvian dress who walk around with llamas on leads for you to take pics of!!
Made some more friends in the hostel and had dinner there followed by a table quiz. our team consisted of the 3 of us and a range of different creatures from roscommon, belfast and london!
We came 2nd with our pure brains and one of the guys from our team did a victory dance around all the tables none the less!
Went for our farewell dinner with our new best friend phil to an irish bar which claims to be the highest in the world...i was dying with altutude sickness and couldnt even look at the girls eating their dinner and spent the evening with my head turned from them!
Woke up at a lovely time of 5am to get our train to macchu picchu! We were all wrecked and out of it a bit and didnt even question the taxi man when the 3 min journey to the train station seemed to be taking 20 mins! We were dropped at the bus terminal and we started to panic a bit cos the train was leaving in 10 mins and we were the other side of the town!
Taxi man sped off with us weaving in and out of the pig carcasses and dogs at the street markets!! NIiiiiice
Arrived at the train station just in time and got on our backpackers train which was actually grand compared to what we had heard!
4 hours later we arrived in Macchu Picchu Peublo or Aguas Calientes (hot springs) and lugged ourselves and our rucksacks up the vertical paths in the town! Found a nice enough hostel and passed out practically with our bags on our backs for 5 hours!
Got up and went exploring to get our entrance and bus tickets for macchu picchu for this morning and went for dinner in a really nice restaurant that had a massive open fire in the middle!
In bed at the very reasonable hour of 10pm and got up at 4 am to leave for the bus up to macchu picchu.
We arrived up at Macchu Picchu and started climbing up into the fog!
We couldnt see a THING cos the fog was so bad! We tried exploring a bit but decided to stay still due to the nice sheer cliffs that drop down that were hidden by the fog.
After about half an hour at 6am the fog started to clear a bit and we climbed down and explored the ruins...crazy to look at, soooo many buildings all over the place basically on a mountain top in the middle of nowhere!!
The different terraces are so crazy to look at and they extend down for hundreds of metres!
After our exploration was fufilled we decided to walk down the route instead of getting the bus...after about 20 mins we heard a bus coming behind us and hopped on!! Hardcore or what!!
Felt like we had been up for ages so we were starving by the time we got back down and had a very unusual and slightly PIG meal of fajitas and tortilla chips at 10 this morning as there was nothing else on the menu!
Writing this entry from the main little square in Aguas Calientes while we wait for our train to bring us back to cusco!
All in all i think its safe to say the 3 little pigs are well adjusted to their portable homes and are settling in nicely! chiara has even purshcased a pair of baggy fisherman-pirate baggy pants in true peruvian style and were hoping to try roast guinea pig when we work up the courage!!!
Leaving cusco for bolivia on sunday so i expect a lovely detailed entry will be done from there!!