Cusco - more acclimatisation

Trip Start Apr 09, 2013
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Trip End Mar 15, 2014


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Saturday, June 1, 2013

We decided to arrive in Cusco a few days before the inca trail to help with the altitude sickness. We had originally thought our tour started on the 3rd of June which would have left us with 3 days to spare but in the end we misjudged it and had almost a week to kill! 

We arrived in cusco at 6am and headed straight to our hostel to sleep. Unfortunately our room wasn't ready but the hostel were lovely and transferred us to another place around the corner so that we could get access to our room straight away. This turned out to be a bonus because we were sort of upgraded to a big room, with its own bathroom and the hostel was set around 2 lovely colonial courtyards. This was a definite improvement on where we had planned to stay and we also managed to get it for the same price. Winner!!

We spent 5 days not really doing much at first apart from walking around very slowly trying to get used to not having much oxygen in our lungs! We wandered around the streets, admired the architecture and watched many troops of local dancers performing in the street. We also visited the inca museum where we saw a lot of rather erotic pottery and learned how to make cocaine out of coca leaves - don't worry, neither of us are considering a change in career. Ha ha. 

We spent a lot of time in the beautiful but slightly touristy main square avoiding people trying to sell us paintings and shine our trainers. We also climbed up a massive hill which had a great view over the city and visited a huge inka golden temple which, although interesting, was probably more impressive before the Spanish knocked most of it down and nicked all the gold!

Because Cusco is a high altitude town it meant for the first few days we were constantly out of breath and it was freezing cold. Liam and I weren't really prepared for the cold so we found it necessary to invest in some alpaca based fashion accessories to keep warm and to help blend in with the millions of other tourists with llama hats on. Pretty cool.

Overall cusco pretty good but didn't quite need 5 days, bring on Machu pichu...

 
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