Goodbye Cusco

19 09 2009

I left Cusco yesterday, and it was a very bittersweet feeling. I have met some awesome people who I will miss greatly. I´ll also miss the pizzerias (The pizza here is great!), the pollerias (cheap and delicious chicken) and the chifa places (cheap Chinese food). The Cusqueñans are incredibly friendly and will often go out of their way to help you, even if they don´t know you very well. I will miss their hospitality too.

Two days ago, I went to Machu Picchu. It was so incredible that the pictures don´t do it justice. When, I arrived in Aguas Calientes (the small town near Machu Picchu), I decided I would climb a mountain nearby. However, I ran out of water, and some people coming down recommended that I stop and go back because I would need more water to finish. Since I got pretty hot, I rolled up my pants. BAD IDEA. My legs were soon eaten alive by these tiny flies. Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are in a fairly tropical environment, which is why there were so many bugs. The bites didn´t start itching until I got back to Cusco. I literally have over 50 bites, and my legs look diseased! I finally bought some anti-itch cream here in Lima this morning because I couldn´t take the itching any longer.

The Hike Up the Mountain

The Hike Up the Mountain

On the Hike (Wooden Ladder Almost Vertical)

On the Hike (Wooden Ladder Almost Vertical)

Just a Few of the Bites

Just a Few of the Bites

The next day, I woke up very early to go to Machu Picchu. There had been a thunderstorm that night, so everything was still pretty wet, and it was very cloudy. Luckily, the clouds cleared a few hours later, and I got some great pictures. Check them out below. When I find a faster Internet place, I will make a special album devoted to MaPi. The place I am at right now is slow, and the photobucket site isn´t working.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Now, I am in Miraflores, Lima. Lima is not the safest city, but Miraflores is one of the safer areas. I don´t feel safe walking around in any other part of the city because I´m alone, so I´m just going to stick to Miraflores. Also, the taxi rides are expensive to get from one part of the city to another part of the city.

I found a nice-looking gym, which I´m going to go to later. My exercise will make up for the delicious meal I had last night. I went to a fabulous restaurant, which I had read about it in my Lonely Planet guidebook. The food was orgasmic. I think I was the only person wearing jeans and sneakers, but I really didn´t care. I sat at the bar since all the tables had been reserved. First, I ordered a very good cocktail, and they brought me olives and cheese to snack on. Then, they brought me this home-made bread basket with two different sauces– a spicy sauce and an olive sauce. So good! After that, I had three different types of raw fish all marinated in three different sauces. The sauces all had a citrus base, similar to ceviche. My tastebuds were overflowing with happiness. Then came the main course: shrimp and marlin (I think) covered in really good sauce and veggies over a bed of rice casserole. It was definitely one of the best meals I´ve eaten in Peru.

In two and a half days, my parents and I head to Paraguay to visit my Paraguayan foreign exchange sister from high school and her family. Exciting times! Then, we will go to Iguazu Falls and back to Asuncion. I´m off to Argentina after that.