Day 36 & 37 – Cuzco, Peru
Cuzco has all the charm they said it would. I´ve found a place I´d like to live someday.
The first thing I have to mention is my hostel. I am staying at Ecopackers Hostel on calle Santa Teresa about 2 blocks from Plaza de Armas. This is my favourite hostel I have EVER been to. EVER. They have showers to die for – so hot and SO much pressure, and their beds are heavenly. Even if I did have 2 people fall out of the top bunk due to drunkenness, I immediately drifted back into lalaland due to sheer happiness in the bed. I like it here. You will too. (http://www.ecopackersperu.com)
I do love Peruvian Food – but one thing I will not eat – Guinea Pig. That is a no go for me. Mostly because I prefer not to eat red meat (I eat Fish, Seafood, & Chicken). Sure – Guinea pig is a white meat – but I dont want to eat it. I refuse. So this advertisement for indian food made me smile and cringe a little at the same time.
So what do I do in Cuzco? First things first – I work out my trip to Machu Picchu. I head to the Direccion de Cultura (Government) and purchase my Machu Picchu+Wayna Picchu ticket for Jan 15th 2012. I then head to PeruRail in the Plaza de Armas and buy my train ticket from Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes for Jan 14th, 2012. And I am done and all ready for Machu Picchu in a few days! Yay!
With that complete what else do I do in Cuzco? Why I wander the streets and shop of course. I shop to my hearts content. I bought lots of gifts and presents for family. They shall be pleased.
So, what do I do next? Ive wandered around aimlessly in Cuzco both the fancy streets and side streets. Then on Ecopackers wall I see ¨Free Walking Tour¨. Perfect. I love free things! So I head out for the free walking tour. First thing our guide Jonathon says? I am going to take you off the beaten track a bit. YAY. Even better.
We head to a chocolate factory. Really? Could this start off ANY better? I think not. This is the chocolate god (seriously) that the Incans worshipped and would ask for good weather for the crops to grow. He is my kind of fellow.
Next we headed to the must see 12 sided stone. Incan structures are so perfectly made – even todays technologies can barely match the precision of their rock carving. Then we headed to the San Blas neighbourhood up the hill. With its more bohemian feel, our guide led us through the winding streets and pointed out many things I never would of noticed. Then we encountered a pathway with this sign:
I am happy they are keeping their city clean. Even on penalty of death.
Next Up: Sacred Valley, Peru