Don´t eat guinea pig in Lima...
Trip Start Oct 02, 2007
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We arrived in Lima from Buenos Aires, and we could not have chosen two more vastly differnt cities. BA was gorgeous. And clean. And lovely. Lima is not. It is always cloudy, the people are not friendly, and the city itself is ugly... But that didn´t bother us too much, we were just there in transit on our way to Cusco (which is about an hours flight away) where we would get the train to a town called Aguas Calientas, the gateway to Machu Picchu.
In Lima, this very lovely tourist lady that worked in our hostel, offered to set us up with some really good accommodation and some even better tours of the area and the ruins around the towns etc..
However, this occured on a Sunday, and even though I had called our tour guide in Lima at 6 am that morning, she was unable to contact ¨her colleagues¨ in Cusco to change most of our tours
But let me say, all of this crap was quickly forgotten once we saw Machu Picchu. We woke at 4:45 and took the first bus from Aguas Calientes to the ruins that day, before the sun even came up. (thanks for the tip Shan and Ben) Before the clouds even lifted. Before the Alpaca´s even cleared off for the day. It was empty, we were in like the first 30 people there. It was amazing. The most awesome thing either of us have ever seen. We climbed the mountain at the ruins called Waynapicchu. It is the one you see at the back of all of the postcard pictures. It took an hour, and it is a direct vertical climb. My thighs are still feeling it. But by the time we got up there and the sun had just come up, it was worth it. Worth the vertigo I got when the fatigue had worn off and I realised I was so high off the ground!!
After that, we made our way back to Cusco and then Lima and straight out to Miami. When we arrived at the airport for our flight out of Lima, we had to line up for 2 hours!
Anyway, we are in Mexico city now and we will post a new blog in the next few days. Off to Acapulco tomorrow morning... we just have to wait for 11 kilos of our washing to be done by the laundress first.
Karrina, I have to tell you, I have not found anything on the menu yet that compares to your Mexican. I just had to tell you that.
Love to all.
J & T