Posada Amazonas to Cusco (7 August)

Trip Start Jun 22, 2013
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Trip End Aug 27, 2013


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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Posada Amazonas to Cusco (7 August)

We left our outstanding accommodation At the Posada Amazonia fairly late, it had been a really good place to stay at, nice rooms, great food and the scenery and animals outstanding, our guides were excellent and took us on more than a few walks, even though they were early starts, if they hadn't been we would have missed so much and we still had plenty of free time to catch up on sleep anyway

We had 2 guides as we are a large group, William and Armando, both spoke really good English and knew a lot about the area, animals bird life

We went o see a shaman (a witch doctor), very nice, but he showed us all these plants and things, he could cure everything, from cancer to hair loss, to Parkinson’s to galloping knob rot, but only if he was there to do all thing trance and singing and chanting, strange,

The world has been looking for all these cures and here it all is in Peru, how this bloke aint made his fortune beats me (or maybe I am just a pessimist and too much of a sceptic)

The power and internet here during our stay was pretty much hit and miss and it would come and go at some strange times of the day, still I did manage to post two blog entries, with photos

We got the boat about 10ish and went back to Puerto Maldonado to get back on the truck, we had a fair old drive to get to Cusco, but it would be spread over 2 days

We found a decent enough farm type place and we pitched our tents in the car park, I had to use an Oasis tent as I could put the pegs in for my tent

They grow, roast and grind their own coffee here and it is the best coffee I have had since this trip started, it’s so good I bought a kilo of it, we had a look round their farm, they grow their own cocoa nuts here, pineapples, bananas, mangos, star fruit and various other fruits, it’s quite a big farm as well, and seems to be well laid out

I think I was up first or close to it, and the young girl had a cup of coffee waiting for me, nice to start the day with a GREAT cup of coffee, after that it was breakfast and put the kit away

We started off and it was a hot day, but his was soon to change, the scenery along the way was really spectacular as we trundled along, the further and higher we got the cooler it was getting and the higher the mountains got

We did the usual stops along the way; even had a roadside lunch, but stopping for a 'pee’ stop could have been a challenge on some of the mountain roads

The higher we were getting the worse I was feeling, du=e to the altitude, no matter how much water I drank I had a raging headache and felt light headed and just getting off the truck without wobbling was hard work for me, I know a few others had headaches, it was very quiet on the truck for a change

We have had to sort out all our kit we at taking into the hostel, as the truck is going to be parked miles away and not accessible

I think we are here for nearly a week, I don’t know if we are staying in this hostel during our whole stay, as we are off to see another ruin or pile of rocks, called Machu Picchu and then other stuff in the area, so I guess we shall have to see what happens,

We are quite high up here and the change in the weather has come as a shock, not only to be but others as well, we were all sweating this morning, now its big coats and scarves on, it is decidedly cold and even though here is no snow here, we saw plenty on the way up here on the mountains, and it looks like we are above the clouds again

I have bought these coca sweets to help with this altitude sickness, I know I will be having an early night and won’t be going out for anything to eat tonight

We are in another dorm for 4 tonight, this hostel looks old and in some parts like a castle, there are twists and turns all over the place, (it’s as draughty and cold as a castle) but they have at least given us a thick quilt for the night

It’s called Milhouse Hostel, it seems very popular with all nations backpackers, some call it ‘Party Central’ as the music and drinking goes on until the small hours, some of the girls on the trip have made full use of it or have gone to find bars outside of the hostel, where the drink is cheaper and more plentiful
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Jim on

Up in the real fresh air now, then.
Nice update again, Del.
Thanks for taking so much time and effort to let us travel with you.

travelmonster
travelmonster on

Altitude is a bummer ain't it! Both my dad and John got altitude sickness in Cusco, not pleasant.

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