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Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Where I stayed
Posada Del Parque
We arrived at the airport at about 05:40 in plenty of time for the flight. We had no idea what to expect for such a cheap price but the Star Peru counters were heaving, there were four counters and someone at a desk at the front trying to organise things and check people had flights booked. It was nothing short of a scrum and after 20 minutes we got to the front and got told to go to the back of the queue as there was no desk open
Predictably Erica slept the whole journey bar when I woke her up for a cheese and ham sandwich and a brew (included in the price!). When we landed it already felt like it had been such a long day and it was only about 10am. The airport was tiny and stood in the shadow of a huge volcano
A really nice friendly man asked if we had a reservation at the hostel, we said yes and without checking we were given the choice of two double rooms, wifi passwords and told to see him in the travel agency to talk about trekking for first thing tomorrow. We wandered up a flight of stairs and got chatting to the guy. We went through the options and to be honest had cocked up a little, we didn’t realise either that we were back at altitude (having come from sea level that morning) or that the canyon is at times higher than the Inca trail. The guy told us it would be dangerous for us to do the two day trek, and wouldn’t even recommend the three day trek insisting we must have a day to acclimatise. As we didn’t have the time we plonked for the option of sitting on a bus and being driven about visiting all the best look outs, towns and villages
After e-mailing the proper hostel they were fine with us staying where we were so we wandered around the city for a few hours. The Plaza del Armas is beautiful and all made of white stone as is the cathedral. After a good walk round it was time to stick to the rules of arriving at Altitude (3250m in case you’re wondering), that is eat light and don’t drink. We found a heaving locals joint and found it was £2 for a set menu of three courses so we jumped in the queue and eventually found a seat. We had no idea what we were ordering and ended up both having a dish we had no idea what it was and a steak. The soup came and it was huge, it had a full cut of meat, a piece of corn, about 4 potatoes, nuts, lentils and just about everything else you can probably buy in Peru. By the time we finished the soup we were stuffed.
Next we were served a bowl of jelly, which was odd, but we decided to leave that and see if the steak arrived
We headed back to try and carry on booking more bits and bobs from our plan before the prices go up again, after a problem with credit cards, and an hour on the phone to horrific tele-banking systems we still were not getting any closer so decided to make sure we did the other thing we shouldn’t do, we decided to go for a drink and decide once and for all if we are getting married as soon as we get home, or if we will let Erica set a timescale when we get home. It sounds fairly straight forward but over the course of 6 pisco sours (on a 3 for 1 happy hour) and a bowl of chips and cheese, Erica decided what she wanted was the plan I did about 6 months ago having agreed venues and spoken to vicars etc. To make matters worse the lack of any kind of recovery in the UK construction sector is making us want to draw on all Stevie Z’s contacts in China to earn some decent money or head back to Australia where the word recession is still unknown and decent coin can be earned. All in all the future is all very unknown at the moment but we need to earn some decent money and soon. Let’s open a betting book on wedding dates now then! We got back to the hostel at about 11pm – Ian Smith wasn’t in our room so that was good and we drifted off to sleep – well I did Erica spent hours on the internet looking at god knows what.