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April 7th, 2019 at 1:54:57 PM permalink
We got back to Lima on the bus from Paracas midday. We were staying by the airport out of convenience since we had to be at the airport for 3:50 am. Kyle and Amy refused to eat Peruvian food at that point so we ended up at a roasted chicken restaurant. My chicken and fries came with a salad, oh how I missed salad. South America is not big on salads for some reason, I was so excited when the salad came that I ate it all before touching the hot food. I tried Inca Cola for the first time and I was pleasantly surprised that this yellow soda actually tastes like cream soda.

After lunch we spent a good 30 minutes fiddling around with the one fan in this overheated room. The fan was slightly broken and no matter what we did to it the head would end up pointing to the bottom right. We eventually gave up and resigned to the fact that the room was going to be very warm that night.

Amy was tired and wanted to stay in so Kyle and I went to a couple of casinos. I had four on my list that I wanted to visit but there were a few more on the same street that we stopped at. All the extra ones that we found ended up being slot casinos so we left quicker than we entered. Our first stop was Miami Casino where I won 15 Soles over a couple hands. Luckia Casino Kyle decided to play too and won while I lost 20 Soles. There was a weird moment where a man in a suit came up behind us and demanded our name, he kept saying "Nombre". We eventually gave him our name, he left and we laughed out of confusion. Next up was New York Casino (they have a weird USA city obsession with their casinos) where we both won a few Soles and had some free tasty pork with rice. Our last stop of the night had no tables anymore but they had a free buffet so we had dinner, why not? The pork was good, octopus was not so good and the fruit was a nice touch. We headed back to the hostel to grab a couple hours sleep before our flight in the morning.

Let me start by saying NEVER FLY WITH PERUVIAN AIRLINES! Ok, now that I got that out of the way we can move on. Every Peruvian Airlines flight that Kyle, Amy and I took over the next week was either delayed or cancelled. We were booked on the 5:50 am flight to Cusco but 36 hours before the flight we all got emails saying that flight was cancelled and we had been moved onto the 4:50 am flight. We arrive at the airport for the flight only to find out it has been delayed! The flight would get delayed one more time before eventually leaving for Cusco. More on Peruvian later...

We landed in Cusco and took a cab to the hostel, he spent the 20 minute ride trying to sell us tours through his company. I guess trapped tourists are a good audience to sell tours to. We got to the hostel and I immediately started feeling funny from the elevation. Cusco is 3400 meters (8000 feet) above sea level so altitude sickness is very common. I almost fell over from light headedness when we were climbing the stairs in the hostel. The hostel provides coca leaves to chew on or to make tea with that really helps with the altitude. I had some tea, grabbed a spinach and mushroom omelette and then went to the movie room to sleep for a couple of hours since we couldn't check into our room yet.

I woke up 2 hours later and checked into my bed and then slept for another 2 hours, early morning flights are awesome! When we all woke up we headed to the market, we bought some random snacks and souvenirs before heading out to explore Cusco.





The night pictures didn't work very well.

I forgot to mention how nice it was to have chilly weather after the insane heat of the last few weeks. It was about 5 Celsius in Cusco which was a huge drop from Lima and Paracas where we got burnt every day. Kyle and Amy had Subway for dinner...

We got lucky that Amy checked her email because we found out that we had to pick up our previously bought train tickets to Machu Picchu that night before they closed that night at 10. We ran around like crazy people trying to find this ticket place, the first one was closed then the travel spot we went to had an old lady who told me where to actually go. We rushed over to the next office which was luckily open and we were able to get our tickets printed. Kyle and Amy went back to the hostel and I went in search of food as the place I was going to eat was now closed after the ticket ordeal. The only thing I could find at that time of the night was a place that served me hot dogs and fries, not fancy but it did the trick.

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April 7th, 2019 at 7:53:53 PM permalink
like your shirt......go sox
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April 8th, 2019 at 5:13:33 AM permalink
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like your shirt......go sox



Seems like they are going to last place.....

I didn't read everything. Did you see the Nazca Lines?
I remember the central square of Cuzco like it was yesterday.....
I remember the oasis in the sand dunes clearly!
I remember pisco sours.... we were on a tour and were served them at every stop.....

YOU ARE A FREAKING LUCKY GUY!!!!!!!! (And smart...)
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April 8th, 2019 at 8:35:41 AM permalink
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Seems like they are going to last place.....

I didn't read everything. Did you see the Nazca Lines?
I remember the central square of Cuzco like it was yesterday.....
I remember the oasis in the sand dunes clearly!
I remember pisco sours.... we were on a tour and were served them at every stop.....

YOU ARE A FREAKING LUCKY GUY!!!!!!!! (And smart...)


Hey! They are just letting everyone get a lead to make it more interesting this year!

I didnít get to the Nazca lines.

Me too but I was there 2 months ago lol.

Again me too but read previous comment.

Ugh pisco sours...
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April 8th, 2019 at 10:08:12 AM permalink
I always thought people that had lived at high altitude for generations would make great athletes, like Kenyan marathoners. However, I don't hear about Peruvians in that context. Is it because they tend to be short?

There's some kind of corn mash moonshine that Peruvians who live in rual areas are known for. Did you have a chance to try any of that?
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April 8th, 2019 at 12:56:46 PM permalink
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I always thought people that had lived at high altitude for generations would make great athletes, like Kenyan marathoners.



I don't know about Peru, but there is a Mt. Everest Marathon:
http://everestmarathon.com/
Nepalese took the first 18 places, (with the top woman at 9th), and a Austrian took 18th.

The course varies from 3,550 meters, (11,646 ft), to 5,369 meters, (17,614 ft).

There are some interesting video's and documentaries about it. Sherpa's seem to be pretty small too, so I'd guess the Peruvians would probably give them a run for their money.
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April 8th, 2019 at 1:18:55 PM permalink
No I am not sure what drink youíre talking about? Oh wait, are you talking about chicha? I had that in Colombia, itís gross lol.
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April 8th, 2019 at 4:28:39 PM permalink
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No I am not sure what drink youíre talking about? Oh wait, are you talking about chicha? I had that in Colombia, itís gross lol.



Sorry, it wasn't corn based. It's yucca based. It's called masato. For some reason, it's a woman who has to chew it up to mix in her spit because raw yucca is poisonous. The spit has enzymes which break down the starch in the yucca to sugars which can then be fermented into the hooch. It appears that the production of chicha is similar, but it is corn based.

And c'mon PG, you drank TOE. Peruvian woman spit has got to be a couple steps up from that.
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April 8th, 2019 at 4:36:30 PM permalink
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Sorry, it wasn't corn based. It's yucca based. It's called masato. For some reason, it's a woman who has to chew it up to mix in her spit because raw yucca is poisonous. The spit has enzymes which break down the starch in the yucca to sugars which can then be fermented into the hooch. It appears that the production of chicha is similar, but it is corn based.

And c'mon PG, you drank TOE. Peruvian woman spit has got to be a couple steps up from that.



I drank chicha. We were guests at a small village and our guide basically told us it would be rude to not drink some, or at least fake it. The dental hygiene of the 'spitters' left a tad to be desired. But I actually drank some. Forgetting the spit, it still tasted bad.

I had forgotten this episode in my life until you reminded me.....
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April 8th, 2019 at 4:41:55 PM permalink
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...I had forgotten this episode in my life until you reminded me.....

Hehe... I'm sure the bowl of chicha didn't help your brain cells.
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