Three nights in cusco which was just as well as due to some strike action about the cost of petrol, the trains were off and our Machu Picchu trip had to change.
So we arrive and it's Baltic. Like properly cold. We haven't packed for cold weather..... Decide we can part with any money for a "north face" jacket from a street vendor so just lair up.
First night we go for dinner and a beer, literally got a dunt from one cos of the altitude so decided to stick at that. Restaurant / bar was really cool,served nice fusion food and it was a nice change from the Argentinian cuisine.
The altitude really does make you feel a bit funny. We weren't sick or anything but if we exerted too much energy we could both feel our throats and chests burning.
Monday was my birthday (thanks for all the birthday messages) and instead of going to MP we just explored cusco which is a cool town with lots of sights. It's not every day I here "watch out gems, there's a lama round that corner" as I nearly trip over the thing!
Had dinner in the Marriott, which was lovely and generally had a nice chilled day buying Peruvian nonsense from street vendors.
Tuesday we took the Hiram Bingham train to MP. Can't say much other than wow. The train was awesome, with live music, fantastic food, lots of mimosa and great scenery. We did see a few trekkers from the train and waved as we quaffed our champers and trundled on by.......
MP was cool, we had a guide to take us round and a lovely group of people. Thankfully we had a tour guide since I had a bit of a whitey moment when we got to the ruins. Took some glucose sweets and was fine after that but not ideal!
Highlight of the day? A Machu pichu stamp in our passports! It's the simple things. The ruins are pretty cool too!
Heading off to Puno now, waiting in cusco airport and can see if this is the standard off the airports, those prisons must be bloomin awful......