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12-angle stone, baby llama, coca tea and Hail in Cusco

sunny 20 °C

I landed in Cusco, the capital of the Inca empire, yesterday. It's about 3500m high, with approximately a million population currently. Because of the tens of thousands of gringo tourists every year for its magnificent ruins (most famous one is Machu Picchu), now it has evolved into a modern town with countless internet cafes, restaurant and clubs and tour operators on every streets leading off Plaza de Armes. DSCF0017.JPG

No altitude sickness symbol so far. I took a rest at my hostel located at a quiet neighborhood about 15 min from the main plaza. The room is only $13 with 2 beds, living room with cable TV and private bathroom. It really does feel like home especially with super friendly staff. What more can you ask for?

Later, I met up with Ofri whom I met from my central america trip a few months ago. On our way to the main plaza, two pervian women with a baby llama asked me to take a picture with them at a charge. How can I resist for only 1 sole ($0.3)? There is a first time at everything. We also passed by the '12-angle' stone, the most famous stone in Cusco.DSCF0029.JPG
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Ofri and I had afternoon tea at one of the many restaurant cafes with balcony surrounding the main plaza. First time I taste coca tea (supposedly to heal altitude sickness) in a Mickey Mouse mug - it's the happy meal version.

Weather change is very sudden here. One second the sun is out, the next second a large piece of hail that looks like a tiny diamond struck my head.

It's a small world I must say. My friends were staying at a hotel right across from another couple I met from Dominican Republic a few months ago, who just came back by train from Machu Picchu and informed me that there was a landslide at the Sun Gate, entrance to Machi Picchu. They said most people were a bit disappointed. Well, nature always has its says over human. We then went to 'El Truco' for dinner, a tourist restaurant half filled with Japanese tourists. During the performances of the two live bands and dancers with colorful or almost freaky costumes later, we caught up with each other and with our stomach. I had a fairly bad headache afterward, maybe it's the night chill. DSCF0042.JPG

Today is another lazy day - the general election. I didn't see much different on the streets which are filled with people as usual. After a quiet lunch with Ofri, I walked around to different tour operators and asked for prices on paragliding tour over the Sacred Valley and other tours. Hopefully I'll be able to start my adventure tomorrow.

Posted by shinenyc 15:27 Archived in Peru Tagged backpacking

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Hey christine what is the lama's name? ok, just kidding... I can see you're having a good start, that's good, take it easy on the coca tea. Also check that link I sent you in your email.

Antoine...

by acnyc

Nice pictures by the way...

Antoine.

by acnyc

Hey Christine, sitting in good cold Germany and feeling kind of jealous I enjoy reading your stories... How nice you met Ofri, please say hello to him!
Altitude sickness? With your size? Never!! Haha... Sorry, that one was too obvious!
Enjoy Cuzco and take many of your brilliant pictures, please!!

All the the best,

Michael!

by Cyprian

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