We arrived in Cuzco weak and tired after a long bus journey, and managed to get into the Loki hostel there. There are three Loki hostels in SA (La Paz, Lima and Cuzco). They know what to give their fellow backpacker, and I think the Loki in Cuzco is probably my favorite hostel of all time. Its huge, it's stunning, and it's a shed load of fun. They have a lovely little bar where everyone goes, and you really get to catch up with people you have seen along your travels. Cuzco is probably one of my favorite cities aswell.I know it's touristy, but I bloody love it. Every street is different and you could just wander around for days and still find it beautiful and exciting.I didn't care how tired I was; I was having some food, having some beers and going out in Cuzco.In Cuzco, you get in a taxi down to the main square, and just get free drinks vouchers thrown at you!! We basically drank all the free drinks we could, and then went to Mama Africa's, and ended the night at 'Up Town', where you can carry on dancing until the sun comes up, then they just pull the blinds and you keep going!
The next day, Claudia and I did our usual thing of booking all the things we wanted to do, which included going to Machu Picchu!! I insisted we have one more day to enjoy and get lost in Cuzco first though. The last night also ended worse than our intensions had hoped as the entire hostel decided to randomly dress up as pirates and party until the early hours AGAIN! It is a kinda dangerous hostel for that!! We had decided before that we weren't going to do a trek. Both of us were running out of time, and the real Inca Trail is booked up months in advance. It was really nice to get up and get the train to Aguas Calientes (we got the posh train there and the cheap train back). We spent the day looking around the town (which is very pretty and nowhere near as bad as the tour books make out), and we visited the Machu Picchu museum, which was amazing. It's so informative and interesting.
The next day we got up and caught the first bus up to the ruins at 5.30am.When you get up there, and you get that first view over Machu Picchu, you are in no way disappointed. The entire place is completely magical, and you feel it straight away. Claudia and I went it alone for the day, because I really just wanted to be able to run around and get lost all by myself. I even managed to find somewhere with no one else around to watch the sunrise over the mountains and onto the ruins. I'm not the first person to say this, but I definitely feel this was one of the most amazing days of my whole trip. It's such a fabulous place, and you feel great just being there.My advice is if you get to go, then GO!At 7.45am, I joined the queue to climb Waynapicchu, the huge mountain next to Machu Picchu, and the one in all the pictures. Only 400 people per day are allowed to climb it, so I thought I best get cracking, and also whilst I still had the motivation!It took about one hour to get to the top, but was amazingly worth it for that view.The sun was shining hard all day which made everything better. I then, after arriving at the top in not too much pain, though I would tackle the longer and harder loop, instead of just going back down. This was when things started to get abit silly.It's basically the other side of the mountain, and you have to first go down for about 45 minutes, then have to go all the way up again. After a grand totally of three hours, I finally arrived back and was very close to passing out. It was worth it, and yes I did feel very good afterwards, but I was shattered!
I spent the rest of the day just looking around, and finally went back to the main town hours later.We went back to Cuzco and spent the following day visitingThe Sacred Valley, and had our final night in Loki before heading to Ariquipa!!