Thursday, April 17, 2008

Peru Day 1

Beautiful start to our Peru trip. The flight down was pleasant and we spend last night in Lima. Lima is a city of 10 million and I think a pretty typical 3rd world city of that size. We didn´t see much of it and left this morning for Cusco, our main destination and departure point for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Our hotel in Cusco is fantastic. It has a gorgeous courtyard with a fountain and reminds me of the riad we stayed at in Marrakech, but nicer. They even have free internet right here!

Mikko and I spent the afternoon walking around the city, familiarizing ourselves with it. It´s a great city. Plaza Armadas has beautiful gardens and we had an unforgettable lunch at the central market. The market featured lots of locals selling their wares like alpaca wool sweaters, mittens, hats, etc. It also included lots of amazing local food. We each had a large bowl of soup with noodles, chicken, potatoes, carrots and spices, 2 bottled waters, 1 bottled coke, a bag of cocoa leaves to fight altitude sickness, some cheese and the most gigantic kernels of corn (maize) I have ever seen. all for a grand total of $3.

While walking back to our hotel we happened upon one of my goals for the trip: chicha de jora (local corn booze). We walked into this little room about 10 feet by 8 feet and sat down with the locals. Dos chicha de jora por gringos, por favor.

We´re making friends fast and off to a great start. Next on my list is a dinner of cuy (guinea pig). We´ll see if we find a good place for it tonight or not.

Beautiful day. 11,000 feet elevation and feeling good. More later....

3 comments:

Kristen said...
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Kristen said...

Awesome update, thanks. My beef, or cuy perhaps, is that you ordered the booze but no mention of your review upon consumption... tell me more.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, more about the booze!!