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We got another bus back down the mountain, and then onto the train for the return trip to Cusco, arriving at our camper at 9 pm in pouring rain
It has rained every day in Cusco – often at night – and last night we had a huge hailstorm. It is very loud when the hail comes down on the camper top!!! Last Thursday I was awake and felt a huge shake of the whole vehicle – with the camper tie-down chains rattling - almost like an elephant had just rocked the vehicle!!! I woke Andy and told him that it had felt like an earth tremor… but he wasn’t very interested!!! I thought that I must have been imagining it!! But on the train back from Aguas Calientas, when we sat and chatted with 2 extremely interesting young guys one from Mexico and the other from Venezuela, they told me that a large earth tremor had been reported that Thursday night!!!!.
I think that one thing that we have both really enjoyed on this trip to S America is the interestingly diverse people from all over the world that we have met and interacted with. (In North America, Canada and Alaska, we didn’t really meet up with too many people and there was not the feeling of travellers’ camaraderie that is evident here….). Today, for example, we were in a little agency trying to arrange a jungle tour starting at Puerto Maldonado, when we bumped into 3 young American students that we had met in Chachapoyas
Our camp site is overrun with Germans tonight, 5 groups all kitted out in smart overland trucks with every conceivable convenience….. The French couple and baby are still here… And the llamas still come in every other day to graze… A lawn mower doesn't seem to be necessary here! We are spending 2 more nights in Cusco, and leave at first light the day after tomorrow for Puerto Maldonado. We have booked what seems like a good tour to the jungle, but its all very haphazard. Just hope that the tour organizer is kosher…..!
After the jungle we are really excited to get to see Bruce and Nani in Brazil again. I am also looking forward to getting home fairly soon as well!!! Even though every day here is new and exciting, it will be good to be back to boring routine for a while!!!