Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on March 29, 2011
A short hop from Lima (by plane at least, 1 hour) brings you to the ancient Inca capital, Cuzco which was founded c AD1100. At 3,310 metres above sea level its quite high and also the starting point for many people looking to explore Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca. The town itself has a lovely feel, with many historic buildings mostly located around the Cathedral on Plaza de Aramas.
The Cathedral on Plaza de Armas
Our hostel is actually based just off the Plaza, we’re staying at the el Peregrino and have a lovely double room overlooking the Cathedral – as yet we’ve not heard too many peeling bells so hopefully their bell-ringer is no longer working there or there’s no bell – fingers crossed!
On arrival we were offered a cup of Cocoa Leaves tea which is what most people drink to combat altitude sickness the tea itself is ‘nothing like the real thing’ but when needs must I’ll try anything! However, you really do notice the altitude, even walking up the stairs to our room sees us quickly out of breath – no wonder many people come here to acclimatize before climbing Machu Picchu.
We’ve just been for a quick wander and for a bite to eat – yet again we found the only curry house in the whole of Cuzco and of course, we tried it out. For $15soles (about £3) they offer an all you can eat buffet, chicken, lamb, veggie dishes and rice – being starved this type of food we tucked straight in, clearing four plates each, all that good work at the Eco Yoga Park has been put aside for the time being! The restaurant is called Maikhana and is located at Av. Sol # 106, just off Plaza de Aramas. Whilst here we’re also keen to try a Peruvian favourite, Guinea Pig – I’ve seen it on a couple of menus already so looks like Mr. Guinea Pig and I will become friends this evening…
Plaza de Armas
We’ve also just realised that some friends of friends are in town so will hopefully hook up with those guys tonight.
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Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on March 11, 2011
Tonight is our last night in Buenos Aires – tomorrow we leave for the Eco Yoga Park for chanting, veggie thalis and lots of bendy yoga! We didn’t quite make it to the Milonga – our accommodation fell through in Lima so we had a frantic couple of hours trying to find somewhere else to stay (tomorrow we have no internet for the next two weeks and arrive in Lima at midnight!)
The hostel we wanted to stay at, the Red Psycho Llama had booked up our room – our fault as we took a couple of days getting back to them though they helped greatly and ended up contacting several hostels in Lima and after several emails they found us a double room at a hostel called Kokopelli.
So with no Milonga to go to we decided to head out for dinner and ended up at the restaurant we first visited when we arrived in Buenos Aires nearly three months ago. Yep we started with a curry and finished with a curry, back to the beginning (for a curry at Mumbai) – which is a line from one of my all time favourite movies, back to the beginning not a curry!
[Scene: Thieve’s Forest. Brute Squad moving in and about huts]
Grandfather:”The day of the wedding arrived. The brute squad had
their hands full carrying out Humperdinck’s orders.”
Yellin: Is everybody out?
Almost. There’s a Spaniard giving us some trouble.
Yellin: Well you give him some trouble. Move.
[Scene: Outside a hut. Inigo is sitting, nursing a bottle]
Inigo: I am waiting for you, Vizzini. You told me to go back
to the beginning. So I have. This is where I am, and
this is where I will stay. I will not be moved.
Inigo: I do not budge. Keep your “Ho there”.
But the prince gave orders.
Inigo: So did Vizzini. When the job went wrong he went back
to the beginning. Well, this is where we got the
job, so it’s the beginning. And I am staying till
[Inigo swipes at Assitant with sword]
You, brute, come here!
[Fezzik comes over]
Inigo: I am waiting for Vizzini.
Fezzik: You surely are a meanie. Hello.
Inigo: It’s you.
Fezzik: Who? You don’t look so good.
Fezzik: You don’t smell so good either.
Inigo: Perhaps no. I feel fine.
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Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on March 8, 2011
We leave BsAs this Saturday so with this in mind I’ll be posting up my top three restaurants – in the running are:
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