The Sacred Valley

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
Trip End Sep 06, 2012

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

The day didn't start off well.  I had set my alarm for 7 am and somehow switched it off.  I woke up with a start at 8 am and quickly jumped out of bed to get ready and be downstairs at 8.30 am to be picked up.  I was also feeling pretty tipsy so it was gonna be a long day.  My voice was also going.  I think I may be a little run down with the lack of sleep.

The guide was already waiting for me but I wasn't the last which was good.  We were taken to the bus and when I got on, Loz, Tab, Alfie and Albert where not there.  I asked the guide what was going on and they said they had 4 different buses and they may be on one of them.  The whole purpose of booking it together was to go on the tour together.  The problem was that they were staying in a different hostel to me so that's why they were on a different bus.

The Scared Valley tour takes you around the surrounding area to other Inca ruin sites.  The first stop was at a market where you could buy more gringo tat.  Not sure why we stopped here as this has nothing to do with Inca ruin sites.  We stopped here for about 20 minutes,and I was hoping that I would find the others, but they hadn't arrived by the time I left.  When we were on our way to the first site, the guide past me his phone, it was Loz, wanting to know where I was.  We had been told that we should meet at the next stop, where I should be able to get on their bus.

The first main stop was Pisac, where we stopped in the town first to go to the Silver factory.  I was tempted to buy some more silver, then decided against it after being ripped off with the rings I bought the other day.

We then got to the first ruin site where we were given a tour and then had some free time to walk around.  I felt so hungover, tired and a little unwell, that I had no energy to climb up the hill to see the view from the top.  Whilst I was just wandering around, I managed to find Loz, Tab and the kids.  We found their guide and they found a space for me on the bus so I could spend the rest of the day with them.

As the day went on, I lost my voice completely.  Ah well, that's pretty good for everyone else, a bit of peace and quiet.

The next destination was Ollantaytambo which is where I caught the train from the other day.  Before we got there, they made a lunch stop and were taking to a gringo trap where it was a buffet lunch.  We went off to find another restaurant, which was a bad idea as we were waiting for nearly 50 minutes for the food to come out and we literally had 2 minutes to eat it before we had to get back on the bus.  I didn;t even eat mine in the end, as it didn;t taste very nice and it was making me feel sick.  In stead I drank a 1 litre bottle of full fat coke.  Hmmm, not sure that was a good idea.

We got to the ruin site in Ollantaytambo and had a good walk around here.  I had to make an effort with this one as I didn't really look at anything in Pisac.  These sites are really impressive, however, after seeing Machu Picchu, they didn't have the same wow factor.

I made myself climb up the hill, which made me nearly sick.  I only have myself to blame (or Loz) as if I had been fresh as a daisy this morning, I would have walked around the whole site.

The last stop of the day was at a town called Chinchero.  I was unsure as to why we stopped here as we got here in the dark and it was just a little town.  We were taken up to the old church there which apparently was built by the Inca's (didn't look like their period) and given a talk about the church and the area.  It was absolutely freezing and all I had on was t-shirt and shorts.  I could not wait to get back on the bus.

It was a real shame I was hung over as I would have enjoyed it much more with a fresh head.  Ah well, at least I saw the sites, even if I didn;t make the most of it.

We got dropped off back in Cusco at around 7.30 pm.  Loz and Tab wanted to know if I wanted to go and have some dinner with them.  I declined as all I wanted to do was go and crawl into my bed and sleep.  I also couldn't speak at all.  Only squeaks were coming out of my mouth.  I said my goodbyes as we would not see each other again and headed back to the hostel.

I tried to stay up and wait for the other to come back from their Jungle Trek but by 9.30 pm, there was no way I could stay awake.  Lets hope I feel better tomorrow!!!
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