Saturday, April 19, 2008

Peru Day 3

We took it easy today in preparation for the 4-day hike to Machu Picchu beginning tomorrow (Sunday) morning. In the shower this morning I realized I got a little sun yesterday, so we bought another thing of sunscreen. Normally when I´m at this altitude I am skiing and the temp is in the 20s. But here the temp has been in the 60s and sunny and the sun is scorching. Of course it doesn´t bother the locals, and I think the sunscreen was the most relatively expensive thing on the trip - about the same price as at home. Otherwise the dollar is still quite strong down here. Beers are around $2. The most expensive item at the nice restaurants in town is around $10-$15. Thursday´s chicha was $0.30.

I won´t be online for the next 5 days, probably, but the schedule goes like this: Sunday 5:45am meet at the bus for the 3 hour ride to kilometer 82, our starting point. Then we hike about 10 miles of moderate terrain. Monday is the big day - 10 hours of hiking up and down Dead Woman Pass at almost 14,000 feet. Tuesday is an easier day and Wednesday we get up at 3:45am to watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu. We´re staying at a fancy hotel Wednesday night right at Machu Picchu and return to Cusco Thursday by train.

Fun fact about Peru: Peru is in the eastern time zone, but is not on daylight savings time. Hence, we´re in the central U.S. time zone. Since the equator passes through Peru, the sunlight is pretty much the same year ´round. Sun rises around 6am and sets around 6pm.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

I'm so excited for you! It's sounds so beautiful. Can't wait to see the pics and here the tales when you return!