To Pisac and back to Cusco

Trip Start May 24, 2009
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Trip End Jun 06, 2009


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Flag of Peru  , Sacred Valley,
Monday, June 1, 2009

Woke up, had the typical Peruvian breakfast - juice, bun, eggs, jam, coffee. Then, decided to check out some Urubamba sights before I goto Pisac, which was a bad mistake since there wasn't much to see at all! So, toke a mototaxi back to Hotel got my things and then grabbed another mototaxi to the bus station. I then took a big bus from Urubamba to Pisac which took a few hours (very comfortable though). I got off at Pisac, a guy approached me saying that he can take me to the Pisac ruins return for 35 soles which I agreed. I knew I could have gotten cheaper but my belief is that if the taxi takes me the location with no buts and have no problems, I am happy to pay extra for security.

When, I arrived I was approached by a guide and we negotiated and agreed on the price. My guide, was very knowledgeable and once in awhile when we stop he would start playing is Quena which looks like a flute. Pisac ruins, was pretty impressive, for me I was afraid of heights and I didn't feel much when I was at Machu Picchu and climbed Huayna Picchu but I felt more at this ruins since there were places that you go up and down and there is nothing to stop you from falling if you slip. Near the end, I asked him how much was a Quena and he said a price which was pretty expensive compared to others. He told me that he makes them by himself and opened his bag and showed me them. After, negotiating with my guide I have a Quena and hopefully it was custom made :)

Machu Picchu, Ollantayambo and Pisac ruins I visited. I felt that Machu Picchu was definately worth it and I felt Ollantayambo ruins was much better than Pisac.

At the end, my taxi driver was waiting for me at the end of the ruins for my return ride back to the bus station. I just made a bus that was going to Cusco. When, on the way to Cusco we went past a minibus that I guess rolled over and it was over on its side just a few inches away from the edge of the cliff wow! That scared the shit of me, even though I heard horror stories of taking local buses, I never thought it would be that dangerous. Personally, I could have spent more taking taxis between towns but I felt that would have missed interacting with locals and how locals travel etc.

After arriving at Cusco, took a taxi to Plaza De Armas so I can goto my hostel, Amaru Hostel. Got my luggage that I left there before going to Sacred Valley, picked up my Inka Express ticket for tomorrow and then went to my room and rested, legs a bit sore but was walkable :)

Booked my hotel, Hotel El Lago for tomorrow when I am in Puno for the night. Then, walked to SAS Travel Peru, so I can book two tours that I had planned to book from. First was the 1 day Uros/Taquille Island in Puno and then a 2 day / 1 night Colca Canyon Tour.

Dropped by the restaurant which I went two times while I was in Cusco last and had some lite dinner. After, went to hostel to relax and sleep.

BUDGET:
Mototaxi x 2 in Urubamba: 20 soles
Bus to Pisac from Urubamba: 2 soles
Taxi (Return from Pisac ruins): 35 soles x 10 soles (tip)
Pisac Guide: 40 soles
Custom made Quena (I hope): 60 soles
Bus to Cusco from Pisac: 2 soles
Taxi to Plaza De Armas: 10 soles
Dinner in Cusco: 25 soles
Amaru Hostel: 30 soles

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