Cuzco (2), Machu Piccu, Puno/Lake Titicaca
Cuzco is a lot of fun – at least at night. During the day there is not so much around except experience the small alleyways and taste the atmosphere of the holy Inca city.
For time reasons and since I have not booked anything ahead I made the trip to Machu Piccu in two days with the bus and train. (Moreover trekking in Patagonia seems more tempting than the famous touristy Inca Trail.)
And indeed it is a very special place and definitely worth the trip to the mysterious Inca city that the Conquistadores did not find (& destroy) and thus is so well preserved.
It is just impressive to walk around the place (and up Waynapiccu) and see all this stonework and well preserved ruins of Inca culture. I hope I can give you (those who have not been yet) an idea with my photos of the scene (and my unshaved face but hey! It’s easy for me and the ‘chicas’ like it here and I like them…).
Puno is kind of a boring city but considering all the activities and fiestas I have seen by coincidence full of life. The trip to the floating islands and to ‘Taquile’ – a real island –on Lake Titicaca was nice. Again very impressive landscape and a good day trip.
Well that’s it then in Peru …for now! It is an amazing country, much more than one would expect, and I was more than positively surprised! I could have spent a lot more time here. Thank you PERU!
Tomorrow I am going to Bolivia. However I am still between a rock and a hard place – or rather rocks and hard places – of how to arrange the next two weeks. I have lots of ideas and opportunites but also time pressure caused by the year end festivities… But well that’s my problem and I’ll let you know the outcome…
- Since I have no Maestro Card anymore since Quito I have to get my cash with a Credit Card – for insane fees. Did you know that for cash withdrawals you get only 40% of your actual limit, not on a monthly limit by the way, but till your bill is paid? Well I know now after having a liquid problem for a few days…
- On the losing front I’m not doing so badly lately. I haven’t lost anything besides leaving my grey pullover in a night club. Considering that they cost only 10 bucks and that I can’t wash them with normal laundry service it’s not too bad getting a new one from time to time
- Ohh yeah and I found out why there are so many unfinished houses in Peru (and probably also Ecuador ect.). Because when they finish building a house they have to pay a tax. So much again to: “People react to incentives!”
- The weather is not that great anymore. Rain almost every day but luckily just for about an hour… No big issue, though.
…numerous photos will follow…