Tuesday, September 12, 2006

day AFTER machu picchu

We just saw the highlight of South America yesterday, a little place called Machu Picchu. It is an old Inca site that is quite well preserved, having been discovered by the scientific world in 1911 by a Yale student named Hiram Bingham but first...

We got to Cuzo, found our host"s place of business, a danish coffeehouse, and then our host, Robert, took us to his place, we had our own room, sweet! We had a nice dinner, had a tea at the coffeehouse after and that was our first evening in Cusco.

The next day while having breakfast, we saw the Japanese guy that we had met the day before and he joined us. His name is Yuki and he is from Tokyo. The three of us walked around the main square and then found Thomas, the Belgian dude who was on the adventure from La Paz to Copacabana with us. The four of us spent the rest of the day together, mostly chilling at cafes and relaxing, something we had not done in ages. It was a great day for sure.

That evening I got the chance to see Anne Marie again, a girl from Canada I had met over 6 years ago! We have stayed in touch over the years and she had an off night as a guide for French Canadian people and it was so great to see her again, what a nice end to a great day.

The next day was more frustrating, trying to find the supplies to make my photo exhibition at Anne Maries friends cafe. Sorry for the lack of apostrophes but I cant find them on this keyboard. Anyway, I bought about 15 euro worth of crap I could not use and ended up taping the photos on the walls! Very professional, right? The exhibition actually went well, I sold 4 of the photos, for cheap of course, but from travellers I had met the previous few weeks travelling. Some awesome live music started after that and we hung out until almost 12 but had to get home because we had to get up at 5am the next day for the train.

The four of us, Assiyeah, Thomas, Yuki and I were on a train at 6.15 am to take us to Aguas Calientes, the village at the base of the mountain where Machu Picchu is. It was a shopping and eating village but we had a good time and even visited the thermal baths up the hill a bit. We were up at 5am again the next day and were on a 6am bus to the top of the hill. It is amazing that this place was ever found, this is about the hardest terrain in the world to move about, god only knows how the Spaniards ever got around!

The first site of Machu Picchu was fantastic and what made it even better is that it was totally shrouded in clouds and fog not 10 minutes later and that lasted almost an hour! Unfortunately our tour guide found us shortly after that, a bitch of a woman named Cecilia who talked to us like we were kids and scolded us in front of the tour group. Cecilia, F you, I hope you get diarrehea. Okay, so we finished the tour with the other guide who spoke in English, a much nicer woman. Assiyeah and I climbed a small hill and had a great view of the site and even called my mom from the top which was a big surprise for her. We all met for lunch after that and by then the place was packed with tourists, like crazy packed! We took a 2pm bus down and did some last minute shopping before getting on the train. I bought a book by Hiram Bingham of him discovering Machu Picchu, a book that is out of print in the US and some pieces of cake. The train ride was pretty easy and at 8pm we were back in Cusco. Our travel agent escorted us to the bus station and we were immediately on a night bus to Arequipa. It was a bit curvy at first, they put on the Pink Panther movie but we slept most of the time. We arived at 6am and a guy met us to take us to our room which costs 10euro a night and has cable tv. We just had a nice lunch and will visit the big monastery a few blocks away after that.

That is it, more or less, I am starting to look forward to being home in Germany but there is still lots of travel time left!

cheers

2 Comments:

At 12:37 AM, Blogger Moondoggie said...

Don't go getting tired on us now Mr. Dukes. Did Rocky quit training when he got to Russia to fight the big Russian...NO he got out of bed and started running in the snow! You may have reached the highest mountain, but it's what lies at the bottom that you'll find truly enriching to the soul.

Just messin w/ you.

Stay on course and get home safely!
Say hi to Assiyeah.
-Moon man
"Do not fear the winds of adversity. Remember: A kite rises against the wind rather than with it".

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger Leharik said...

Hi Jason,

great to read your blog! very inspirational. i hope i`ll be travelling soon too. have a great time finishing off your trip!

 

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