18.11.2008 - 25.11.2008 28 °C
Saw Juanita, the frozen Inca mummy who climbed a mountain just to be bashed on the head as a sacrifice to the Gods.
Arrived at Cabanaconde, a beautiful mountain village. Suffering from altitude sickness and dehydration after the hot 6 hour bus journey with only one toilet stop.
Got up early to go down Colca canyon. 2 hours of steep downhill descent and some pretty wobbly legs later we arrived at paradise. Swam in the pool, did some painting, got ripped off for water and met a llama. Unfortunately there were lots of nasty biting insects in paradise. The climb back up was incredibly knackering -3.5 hours continual steep ascent.
Another early start to go to the Cruz del Condor. Waited 2.5 hours and were just thinking it would be a no show when about 4 condors wheeled overhead. When we arrived in Chivay both Paula and Stu were feeling pretty ropey so I left them to sleep and went to some hot springs. Got a taxi back (normal sized car) with 3 in the boot, 3 in the back seat and myself, an old woman and a dog in the front seat!
Woke up with a dodgy belly, took the bus back to Arequipa anyway. Felt better after a snooze and ready to get the night bus to Cusco.
The night bus was pretty bad, the seats didn´t recline much and it was full of school students. They started playing music at 5am. Arrived in Cusco, paid too much for a taxi to Loki hostel which was full anyway, went to a Pirwa which had been recommended too. Nice hostel with a big tv, watched a couple of films whilst we waited for the beds to be ready.
Went to the Inca museum.
Went out in the evening with a group from the hostel, had an amazing night dancing and drinking cocktails.
Paid for the Salkantay trek. Had a siesta