Speechless in Cusco
Trip Start Dec 13, 2009
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We started our tour with Dragoman in Cusco and new straight away we were ready for it when we rocked up to a rather nice hotel compared to the dorm rooms we had been staying in! While we were unsure of how it woudl go we were stoaked no know we did not have to think ahead or worry about anything for the next 12days, just go with it and make sure we were in the right place at the right time, nice and easy :-)
We met the group for our ´briefing´and to meet the team leaders and also our guides for thefirst part of the tour our community trek, well Smithy out head guide had us all cracking up from the beginning so I knew it was going to be good times and first impressions of teh group were great too, those first impressions were so right too as I can tell you know I have made mates for life all over the world now, it was a great group dynamic
Our community trek was just superb, weather was pretty good across the four days and we got to see some of the remote villages you would not normally see, just for your inforamtion our head guide was the President of the Quuishuarani community and he invited us into his home and everything, it was just a great and very privilidges experience for me. The scenary was just superb, I was blown away at every turn and loved the trekking, hard at times with the altitude but I can now say that I have reached 4800m aboce sea level on my own two feet which I am proud to admit! Along the way we also learnt a lot abotu the history of the Andean people and saw a lot of amazing ruins, it is hard to show in photos how articulate these people were in constructing their temples and homes, they were perfectionists down to the tiniest details, and how the managed to transport these massive rocks (i am talking like 70tonnes by hand) up hills and over rivers really blows me away!!!! Some of teh camp sites were just spectacular, and staying in the local comunities was a real privilidge, it was great to have some of the lcoal ladies there to sell us cerveza when we arrived for a quick drink before siesta time, perfection!
Smithy also introduced us to the Peruvian drink, Chi Cha at an Inca Bar in Urubamba, Chi Cha is beer made from corn, I loved it and the standard corn based one not the one with strawberries, you know me no sweet tooth
Loved Ollantaytambo, this is where we caught train to Machupicchu from, great little town will be heading back there too at some stage...... Aguas Calientes was a great spot as well, obvoiusly being teh gate way to Machupicchu it was buzzing and always is, and yes we were out and safe when floods hit! Only by 3 days so were so lucky! So sad to know that so much of the area´s we had seen have now suffered such sever damage, we must count ourselves lucky though that we got to see Machupicchu.
Machupicchu was as spectacular as you would expect even on a not so nice day, I still rate some of the other ruins we saw on our trek very highly but I think just the way it is situated and the surrounding mountains really blows your mind! We had a great tour around with Smithy, and while I wanted to I couldnt climb Waynapicchu with Flea and Anthony since my ribs were still killing me and I didn´t want them worse for my potential bungee jump the next day (this was rain checked for when i return cusco as i was told by partner in crime it would just be stupid to jump with bruised ribs! bring it on when i am back i say!).
After a great 4 days with the group once back in Cusco we all went out for a well earned pub meal and drank the night away Cusco style, great times had by all! Hense why the next day I spent most of the day in bed recovering (with flea right beside me whom got in well after my bed time i might add!) and did not get the chance to explore Cusco city and haven´t honestly seen that much of it, another reason why I am going back :-)
All in all it is obvious I loved the area, the people and the history and am already contacting volunteer placements in the area for my return!