Last day in Cusco: Today I visited the Inkan Museum which was fascinating. There was a good presentation of historical chronology and artifacts (including real mummies) that gave a good background. I went one last time to the San Pedro Market where I bought flowers, after some confusion, paying much more than I expected. Lunch at the highly recommended Cicciolona which unfortunately was a tremendous disappointment. These were the 3 things on my list so I could now go home and relax. I was hungry despite my very expensive (but inedible) meal so ate at the French Crepe place in my neighborhood (San Blas). We had our trekking meeting at 7pm which I was a bit anxious about. I was looking forward to getting the details of our trek and pack accordingly. I got there early and with no problems as I now know my way around, at least in my neighborhood and the Plaza de Armas as that is where I had done most of my walking (beautiful colonial city with Incan ruins evident as well).
The meeting went very well with Bernie, our guide describing every day, all the details and patiently answering our questions. We five hikers got along well right away: Aner from Israel who had done quite a bit of traveling and just finished another trek; Daniel, young student from Illinois living in Buenos Aires studying to be a chef; Sonia an America teacher at the International school living in Peru and her friend Amanda visiting her from Colorado. At about 9:00 our meeting was done and we left with our canvas bag to pack.
When I got home, I checked email and got word that my lodging reservation in Ollantaytambo was canceled so I spent time trying to find another place. I then still had to pack so got to bed very late. I slept very little as I was nervous about the trek. I was up early enough and prepared quickly, the hotel prepared a light breakfast which would at least get me out the door.