We’re loving Cuzco, Peru
Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on April 1, 2011
Time has almost come to a halt, we’re chilled out and very much enjoying Cuzco – we’ve only been here for four days so far and already lost track of time . It’s such a great place we’ve re-scheduled our flight tickets back to Lima enabling us to stay longer – I must say though, Peruvian Airlines have been superb, not only do they speak very good English in their call-centre, they’ll also change your flight tickets with no charge and, this being the best bit, they’re nearly 50% cheaper than any other airline – you’d have thought that there would be chickens running up and down aisle of the airplane, it was that cheap!
Initially we stayed in quite a nice hostel just off the main square, whilst a really nice place it did seem like we were the only guests so today we relocated, only an extra five minutes from the main square but we’re now in a corner room and we have the most spectacular view of Cuzco, it’s really breathtaking. The hostel (Hostal Corihuasi) is really cool, Shelley managed to get a 50% discount for the best room in the place, this saving will help due to recent purchases of clothes and shoes!
I’m also in the process of arranging a half day xtreme motorbike ride up and around the mountains of Cuzco – I really can’t wait and aiming to do this later next week. It’s with these guys Peru Motor Tours apparently the owner is a retired Peruvian motorcross champion – I’m hoping to pick up a few tips (maybe show him a few too!)
We’re also looking to set up and take part in a San Pedro Ceremony with a local Shaman! San Pedro is a psychoactive cactus that has been used for at least 3000 years in Peru, more info here San Pedro – though I do like the following quote, from the same page:
‘the drug first … produces … drowsiness or a dreamy state and a feeling of lethargy … a slight dizziness … then a great ‘vision’, a clearing of all the faculties … it produces a light numbness in the body and afterward a tranquillity. And then comes detachment, a type of visual force … inclusive of all the senses … including the sixth sense, the telepathic sense of transmitting oneself across time and matter … like a kind of removal of one’s thought to a distant dimension.’
It should make for quite an interesting afternoon and if we remember anything (and take photos) I’ll be sure to write it up here. I do like the leaflet though, it gives you some ‘what to do’s/dont’s…’ before the event, my favourite line being ‘Do not consume drugs…’