Trip Start Oct 25, 2012
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I caught a taxi to the airport and while waiting at the departure gate, realised that Cusco certainly appeals to a certain demographic. 95%25 of people were between 45 and 65 ... One lady was even using her walking poles at the airport! Tool lol. So I was questioning whether I would make any friends on the tour. The answer is yes, I will make a friend, 1... Because there is only 1 other person on my trek. Her name is Kate, she is 24 and she is from Australia
Got a shuttle from the airport in Cusco to Nino's hotel, which is really nice. A colonial style building with a big relaxing courtyard. No horns either! The rooms are named after the orphans the lady adopted.. I am staying in Luis, but I wanted to stay in Julio! I walked into town which is really nice and welcoming. There are a lot if churches, parks and colonial style buildings again. . But the city is surrounded by dilapidated houses and stray dogs. I haven't seen any stray puppies to play with yet. I wandered around the central square and then grabbed a bite from a shop which seemed to have the locals. Nothing more than a burger and shake shop. There are quite a few merchants on the streets that continually approach offering massages or caricatures (an odd mix). I will probably take 1 up after the trek - a massage that is. Lol.
At about 1pm I went on the equivalent of the 'Big Red Bus' around Cusco. Got some great views of the place and the alpaca, which roam the hills freely. I don't want one. They're so ugly.
Finalmente, I came back to the hotel to have a nap. My eyes feel like sandpaper! Tonight I'll grab some dinner then head tithe square again. The bus tour guide said there were fireworks but I didn't understand why. I have a day off tomorrow to explore before my trek on Monday (meet the bus at 4am) yuck. I'll take Dads advice and take it easy. The town is at 3400-3700m elevation. I get puffed so quickly! Hurry up red blood cells - I'm such a nerd. The population in Cusco is half a mil, same as the Gold Coast. Except everything else is completely different to the GC!