So what a difference between Puno and Cusco…
We got to Cusco on the Inka Express a coach which took us from Puno to Cusco stopping a various points to show us the history of the Incas. We learnt that the Inkas used to scarifies the heads of young children to the gods. The thing is they used to manipulate the childrens head from birth by strapping wood to their heads to make it grown kind of like an alien head ! It was strange Barry said it reminded him of Mars Attack the film.
Cusco is a beautiful city built around the arches in the main square the two Cathedrals and the Fountains. The hustle and bustle is the same but much more civilized! We found this great restraint called the "Real Mc Coy" it serves everything you need from home when you have been feeling a little run down. Marmite and English Breakfast tea, I nearly died when I saw it on the menu , and I still think this was better than any medicine I had been getting from the doctors for my ear infection !
The night we got there we watched the rally cars tear around the square, people were lined up on the pavements it was a really good atmosphere.
The next day six thirty came around way to fast after a night in the Irish pub where we drunk it dry watching the baseball! We are now fans and decided to se a game when in LA. We boarded the train to Machu Pichu . the train had windows in the roof so we got to see all the mountains and scenery as we past though. We stopped a couple of times on our 4 hour journey where people exchange souvenirs through the windows with the locals. We saw kids playing in the middle of the train tracks with rocks, they were so happy and enjoying themselves. The children here have more optimistic eye then the ones in England. It made us appreciate what we have and that we are very lucky. Finally we get to the town of Macchu Pichu we checked into a hostel right next to the river, a little disconcerting in the night when it sounded like it was raining all night long! The next day we went up to Macchu Pichu itself with the jam sandwiches we had smuggled out of breakfast at the hostel! The lost city was awesome; it wasn't like ruins I have been to before there was a sense of energy here still and a community. You could understand how they built it and why they built it like that. The only things that live there now is the Lamas. Actually it was funny all the lamas there had Pompoms hanging from their eyes like ear rings! We spent the whole day wandering around and taking it all in and even got a Macchu Pichu stamp in our passports. Amazing…
Now the coach journey to Ica ..