Machu Picchu and Beyond
Trip Start Aug 17, 2007
19Trip End Sep 06, 2007
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We meet up with everyone at Pacha Mama's Restaurant which turns out to be a delightful restaurant that specializes in pizza. I am very excited when I see the pizza oven . Pizza and beer is just what I want
Al and I set off on foot to explore the area off of the Main Plaza. It is a delightful touristy town full of cute shops, colorful restaurants and more signs advertising laundry services, Internet cafes, and massage parlors then I have ever seen in my life. They really know what we want after a four day hike through the mountains. Al and I act the tourist role, I take his picture with the Inca statue, he takes mine with the Inca warrior, we enjoy the sites and smells of the plaza. This is the most carefree that I have felt in four days. Soon we head back to the restaurant to grab our luggage and head for our railway car.
This is our first train ride in Peru and it is glorious. Even though I am tired I try to stay awake to enjoy the scenery as it goes by. Eventually we see our starting point, km 82, it seems like such a long time ago when we set out on the trail. I am wishing that we were going to stay on the train all the way to Cusco but apparently this would be the slow route
It is late afternoon when we arrive back at our hotel in Cusco. Showers and clean clothes are at the top of our list of needs. This hotel did not look that good before we left on our hike, now it looks like heaven. We close our door, drop our bags, start peeling off clothes and run for the shower as we know that in all probability water (warm or hot) will only last a short while. It is truly a wonderful shower. Refreshed we enjoy the sensation of clean clothes. Still ahead is the task of sorting our belongings into piles of dirty laundry (huge piles of dirty laundry).
We all meet up in the Dining Room to decide what we want to do for dinner. The vote is unanimous - steak. Freddy had reserved a special restaurant for our last evening together in Cusco but we quickly decide we cannot wait one more day so he makes a call and off we all go to the Fallen Angel. It is a great restaurant, very good steak (even if it is not Alberta beef). The decor is amazing at the Fallen Angel and we have a tour of the various rooms and take pictures while we wait for our food. Great food, great wine, great company. A very good end to a very long day.