21.06.2007 -17 °C
Taking the slow boat into Peru from Colombia was great. Bought a hammock, some water and a book to read. Fantastic. Things are nice and easy on the slow boat down the Amazon River. The boat left much to be desired. Luckily we were able to hang our hammocks upstairs where it wasn´t as crowded (or smelly).
Did some chilling in Huaraz, Peru. Beautiful mountains, lots of serious trekkers. Emma and i opted for a nice horseback trip into the mounatins. Extremely cold the night we camped. Yes. I AM from alaska. No. I do not like the cold.
Peru took some time to grow on me. I did fall in love with the local women´s dress. Full skirts brightly colored skirts, with equally as bright shawls and hats perched on their heads. Absolutely gorgeous. Of course once again had a hard time blending in...don´t think they get many blacks in the northern part of Peru.
Finally made our way to Cusco. Complete change. Tourists everywhere. Tons of bars. Stayed at a great hostel up a steep hill called hostal inka i think. kick ass backyard with an amazing view or cusco. i believe this is where my love for mate de coca started -- tea made from coca leaves, helps with altitude sickness and warms you up too.
We took the 'alternative' route to Macchu Picchu. A night bus on a very bumpy road (unable to sleep). Followed by a mini van ride that was too crowed. Emma and i were not allowed to sit on the top (even though the locals just hopped up there no problem). Instead we were crammed in like fricken sardines. Having to listen to the bitchiest group of israeli princess-want-to-bes, who had the most room in the whole van (being in the front seat). Then we walked for a couple hours in the early morning to Hydroelectrica (not a town at all). Walked for a few more hours along the railroad tracks until we got to the strangest town called Aguas Caliente. Found a cheap hotel, got some much needed sleep. Woke up the next morning at 4:30 to climb an hour and a half to see Macchu Picchu at sunrise.
Macchu Picchu was surreal. Hardly any of the lazy asses that take the train and bus up were there yet. There was an early morning mist and the most amazing inca ruins. Breathtaking. We spent the day exploring. As the day wore on huge groups of before mentioned lazy asses also arrived. Apparently over 1500 people visit Macchu Picchu everyday. Not only were the ruins amazing, but also the llamas everywhere were cool too.
Peru was the first counrty that i truely felt like i was in south america. Tons of ruins in Peru, locals wore their heritage with pride and all the damn llamas, llamas everywhere!