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Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Peru

...not the famous Inca Trail for us

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There is a lot of talking and writing in superlatives going on, but Cuzco has to be one of the most stunning places in the whole of South America. OK, again it is all about expectation setting and we were told it is gringoland (which it is), you get hassled more than in any other place in South America (yes and it needed a little bit of getting used to it, but also this prepared us for Colombia which is as bad in certain aspects - well the goods were at least 3 times more expensive in Cartagena). Cuzco is set in a valley and the architecture and the buildings are just stunning. We stayed in the famous Loki hostel and just had a superb view from the bar overlooking the town. Walking downhill for 10min you were in the amazing old town or actually city centre.

With our new friends we even organised to go to a Rave which was set in the forrest and reminded us of good times we used to have at the street parade in Zurich. Sporty activities were the white water rafting which was a completely new and amazing experience for me. Got a little bit nippy after a couple of hours, hence i was glad we just booked a day and not 3 day trip. Cold waters, hey!!!

Well, what should have been the highlight - our trip to Macchu Picchu. Still not sure whether i can spell this properly. Yes, indeed an unforgettable experience. No way to get booked on the 4 day Inca Trail to get to MP, and probably too hard at the time for me, as i am extremly unfit on high altitude, but we made up for it by getting up at 5am to walk to MP from Aguas Calientes which turned into a complete nightmare trip for me as i was sick and sweating, nearly fading walking up big steps for 1 1/2 hrs to see the sunrise, but arriving too late and there being far too many clouds adding to the mystic atmosphere. NICE !

Posted by Lejla 16:48 Archived in Peru Tagged backpacking

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