Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
12Trip End Feb 17, 2011
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DAMN AND BLAST! Wake up with a horrible sore throat and it´s not just dry mouth after sleeping... it´s a bugger all weekend. Bother. Must be all those women...
Any road up, Rafa, Ana, Cecile, Rachel and I meet at the travel agents (who, by the way, is a legend and next week rafting gives us 20% discount coz we´re legends and I took all the new kids there to book their trips... BOOM!) at 8:45 and get on a bus.
First stop is a little market with a nice view of the Valle from inside it, if that makes sense. I buy lots of things, so a parcel will be coming home soon with pressies in it for all. Kidding, only for the special ones. ok I´m digging a hole now... umm... so we carry on to this place called Pisac and we go to another market there (I don´t buy anything this time) and also the archeological site of Pisac, which is amazing. The classic enormous steps of the Incas are basically fields, and in Peru during the Inca time they grew nearly 3500 different types of potato on them... SICK!
we carry on in the bus and we slowly go up the valley side while moving along it as well... The vies are incredible, you really get a sense of the awesome power of nature... And then Cecile just chudered, everywah... she didnt really. well not then anyway.
we go for a buffet lunch in a little town called Huaya-something... it was pretty buff (see what I did there) but it was hard to eat with my throat the way it was. stupid women.
From there its back on the bus for the last time to a little place called ollantaytambo. This place is beautiful. the incas were bare amazing.. they carved faces into the mountain on the other side of the valley.. one was a protector of the town, and the other is a profile on the edge of the mountain where on winter solistice (June 21st),as the sun rises, it comes round the side of the mountain and emerges where the eye of the face is... hopefully that makes sense.! but whatever, its amazing!
at the old site, some of the stones are almost 40 tonnes.. the incas didnt have wheels or iron. how the frick they got them up there i dont know. and the brick work is so good that you couldnt fit a piece of paper between any of the rocks... they used water in trays as levels, sticks to make sure the edges were exactly level etc... clever fellas.
we then have 3 hours of free time as we wait for our train so we go sit in a little cafe and i teach everyone shithead, the card game. fun times... oh and EL GANZO...
on the train there were some crazy brazilian people (again?) and they were singing and stuff.. we hit an alpaca which was funny coz everyone freaked out... rofl. we then get to aguas calientes and me and rafa have a rave while the girls sleep... next day is machu picchu