Cusco

We flew straight into Cusco from Lima and it was an interesting experience. Sea level to 3400m. It all feels fine until you discover you're beginning to hyperventilate. Things you take for granted leave you wheezing and don't do anything fast for the first few days

I am not known for my speed, but after visiting Cusco I've discover I am optomised for altitude. It did not take me long to get the reputation for being at the back, I preferred to think I was the rear guard. I might be slow, but I'd get there in the end.

Cusco was a great place to wander around. One of those places where you'd never know what was around the next corner. It might be something new, or it could be an Incan temple or anything in between.

We arrived on a festival day where the younger set run around with water bombs, silly string, foam and anything else they can get their hands on, lobbing it at each other and any tourist who gets in the way. I felt sorry for the girls. The locals would show their admiration by coating them in foam, but at least it was all in fun.

The chocolate museum is a must stop. Don't order a coffee, get a hot chocolate. Mmmm... I could do with one at the moment.


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Flying into Cusco
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Ducking around the mountains to swing into Cusco
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Central courtyard of the hotel (Hostal Corihuasi) and my introduction to steps and altitude
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Calle Suecia in Cusco
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Our first group meal with the full group
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Our first full group meal in a cafe on Plateros just off the main square in Cusco
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Plaza De Armas, Cusco
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The puma is the symbol of Cusco and they have them on their lamp posts
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Kei after getting foamed
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Half the group after getting foamed
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Cusco Cathedral
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Jesus Maria church, right next to the cathedral
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Cusco Cathedral and Plaza De Armas
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Netsumi and Kei got foamed badly
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Santa Clara arch, unsurprisingly on Santa Clara beside Plaza San Francisco
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Jansen, Natsumi, Kie and some amazing hot chocolate from the Chocolate Museum. This stuff was orgasmically good.
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Kei made friends with almost every dog we saw
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There were VWs everywhere, but apparently they're still in production, so not unsurprising
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The walk back to the hotel
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They take graffiti to a new level in Peru
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Me at Hostal Corihuasi in Cusco
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Me again at Hostal Corihuasi
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And again at the hotel
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It looks like I'm expecting an English afternoon tea
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The hotel courtyard again
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Room door at the hotel in Cusco
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This is Hotel Monasterio in Cusco. We didn't stay there, but I believe Bono was there when I took this
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Looking out over Cusco in the morning
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This is the river we went rafting on
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It flows into the Amazon eventually
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After we had finished rafting
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We all got a nice group lunch
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My memory of Peru - Steep hills and steps. Lots of steps
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A steep front guarden
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Little winding alley behind the hotel
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View of the outskirts of Cusco
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Heather when we were learning how to make Pisco Sours
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Jansen, Netsumi and Jana making Pisco Sours
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South and Central Americas take lemonaid to new heights.
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Ralph and Heather
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Alpaca... yum.
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Cusco Cathedral at night
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Church of San Francisco at night
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Plaza De Armas at night
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Close up of the fountain in Plaza De Armas
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Plaza De Armas
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Looking back towards Plaza De Armas on gringo alley
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Cusco from the hotel
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Plaza De Armas from the hotel
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Coricalle (alley) behind the hotel
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The hotel courtyard and my nemisis... the morning stagger to the dining room
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