The Inca Trail awaits me
Well, I made it to Cuzco. I had to get up at 3:00AM to catch my taxi and be at the airport at 4:00. The plane ride was pretty normal and sadly, clouds covered most of the awesome landscape below. From the airport, I took a taxi to my hotel and have since spent my day wandering around Cuzco. I feel a little dizzy and very thirsty and I think it´s due to the altitude. I´m up at over 9000 feet and it´s a bit much for the body in one quick jump. Cuzco itself seems to be built on a slant, with criss-crossing streets housing stores and places to eat and populated with people asking to shine your shoes, sell you postcards, or change currency about every 5 feet. The fog rolls in here pretty early and there is already a slight drizzle on the ground. I´ll take some pictures tomorrow and put them up. I´m gonna meet my buddy Martin at a pub tonight to watch a soccer game and I think tomorrow we will see about hiking the Inca Trail which is about a 4 day hike and drops you off at Machu Pichu (do a search on Google for pictures if you want to see). Other than that, not much exciting going on.
Lima was pretty cool. As I already mentioned – it´s huge and very modernized, with the exception of not having railways or trams.
The city tour was nice and we got to see some religious historical stuff, the government buildings and the catacombs in the church. I don´t know how well the pictures came out because everything looks really dark on this monitor, but they were pretty cool. A long time ago, if you were really important, you got to be put in the catacombs (which entails them letting you rot, and then putting each bone in a pile of other like-bones).
Although the hostel at which I stayed was one of the better ones I’ve seen (hot water, clean bathrooms, TV and cable, PlayStation, DVD, ping pong table, laundry, internet), the backpackers there were a bunch of stuck up French and Israelis who wouldn’t even return a hello (even though they spoke English). I think a day was enough to see Lima, although, if I wanted to buy stuff, like electronics or what have you, that´s definitely the place.