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2010 - Peru - Lima y Cuzco

a travel blog by Kennyboy12


One week.

My birthday present to myself.

Lima -> Cuzco -> Machu Picchu -> Cuzco -> Lima

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PERU!!!

Lima, Peru


So 5:12 this morning I landed in Lima! My taxi wasn't there when i passed customs but luckily one of the other taxi guys let me use their cell to call my hostal who then said my ride should be there in 1 monite (He was). I got to Hostal el Patio and and they had my room ready. I pretty much slept 'till 4:00pm, I was sooo tired. Anyways I finally dragged myself out of bed and headed out to see a little part of Lima. I walked around and saw the pizza street Adrian mentioned. I had a quick lunch, crawfish, then headed back to my hostal to just chill. It was extremely overcast and starting to drizzle by now. I was in the rest of the night getting ready for my flight to Cuzco!

permalink written by  Kennyboy12 on July 7, 2010 from Lima, Peru
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Cuzco, Peru, Peru




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Day 2! Cuzco!

Cuzco, Peru, Peru


So this morning I almost missed my flight to Cuzco but luckily my hostal called my room and woke me up when my taxi showed up.I got to the airport around 8:30am. After I had a ticket agent print out my ticket I found a Starbucks outside of security so I just had to stop by and get my drink. They didn't mess up my drink!!! Peru ftw for making my drink correctly! Aaanyways after paying the stupid airport tax and sitting at gate 12 waiting to board my flight I in Cuzco! (I'll upload some pics onto this site into these entries when I get home. Cuzco is so beautiful and full of life. I got to my hostal where I sipped some coca leaf tea as I waited to check in. I still need to pay for my room.... I forgot to today. Ok so I walked around my immediate area to get a feel for things when I started to get really hungry. I stopped into this restaurant where I tried Pisco sour, cebiche, and alpaca. Oh and Pisco sour is boooomb. Well it's like 7:14pm an pretty dark out I'm tired so I'm callin it a nigh. Tomorrow I get my bus and entrance tickets for Machu picchu and start exploring further out.

Machu Picchu in 4 days!

permalink written by  Kennyboy12 on July 8, 2010 from Cuzco, Peru, Peru
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Cuzco broke my phone :[

Cuzco, Peru, Peru


So today was a very basic day. I walked around looking for the place to purchase bus tickets from Agua Calientes to Machu Picchu and the entrance tickets for Machu Picchu but after getting lost both places were closed. Okay actually one place was the closed the other I just couln'dt find... I had the most orgasmic alpaca strogonoff. It was amazing. I aso decided to buy some bracelets to get rid of this lady who kept bugging me and I also invested in a band by purchasing their CD. I also made a little friend, christain, who wanted to scrub my shoes but I wouldn't let him. He said the one sole would be for school and stuff, I just looked at him then he startedd to grin and I called him out, "No it's not dude" he laughed and still tried to scrub my shoes for a sole. Okay so, After eating an amazing lunch I decided to walk up the mountain for some photo shots. I walked up some really awesome corridors/steps 'till I got to a ledge looking down on the Plaza De Armas. It was amazing I sat there for a little while. I also watched this baby llama hop around while it's owners packed up thier crafts and such, cutest thing I have ever seen srsly. So after that nice break I decided to try my way further up the mountain, I took a picture of three ladies and their babies and llama but then ended up paying them 10 USD for that picture. They were asking for 50 soles total but I happen to lose them in the math when converting to USD. I walked up and up 'till I saw a sign for Cristo Blanco and Sacsayhuaman. A man I passed earlier and talked to for a short bit said Cristo Blanco was free to get to so I decided to trek all the way up to the VERY top of th hill. I almost died... 8 times... I finally made it and the view was amazing even though I only had minutes of sunlight left. The walk down was muuuuch easier and even though it was after dark it was still pleasent. I met this couple (totally forgot their names, a loud truck drove by as we exchanged names) who were traveling with their parents and so the reaso they were staying in a converted cathedral. It was super nice looking, from the outside. Anways it was only like 15 min walking down with them they were pretty cool. I got back to my hotel and took a shower with my music playing on my phone on a shelf by the sink.. Next thing I know I hear a crash... SHIT PHONE FELL! OH NOES!! I jump out and take a look at it. No cracks on the front there might be one on the back but eeh it's all good. My phone is now toast... And by toast I mean I can't use it until I plug it into itunes... Stupid thing wiped itself and now I have to reactivate it... A man here let me try plugging my phone into his apple laptop which has iTunes but my phone wont stay on for some reason. I tried his PC laptop, and the hostals desktop phone still wont stay on long enough to ask to be plugged into itunes... When I plug my phone into a wall outlet I get that stupid screen no prolem... :(

So I have no phone for the next five days... even longer if I can't get it fixed at home...

I did, however, find a way to pack up my pictures from my camera's memory stick for free so I will have more space for the ruins tomorrow and Machu Picchu. The man who has the two laptops, his PC netbook has a card reader! so he's letting me upload all my photos and videos onto Photobucket. yay.

Tomorrow morning I head out EARLY to get my bus and entrance tickets for Machu Picchu and my tickets to see Sacsayhuaman and Pisac. :)

It's 11:52 pm and my pictures are almost done uploading.
Night!

permalink written by  Kennyboy12 on July 9, 2010 from Cuzco, Peru, Peru
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Chill Day in Cuzco

Cuzco, Peru, Peru


So today was gonna be the day I finally got my bus tickets and entrance tickets for Machu Picchu then visit Sacsayhuaman & Pisac. But that didn't exactly go as planned. I did however get my two tickets, beforenoon, so now I'm all set to see Machu Picchu! I decided to just stay in town and relax which I think was a good choice. Now I have a reason to come back, to see all the ruins around Cuzco. Then come back again to visit the north and again to visit the south, and again to visit the central part of Peru :). For lunch I got the alpaca strogonoff again because it's soooo good. By this time I had sandals on which discouraged the shoe cleaning people from bugging me. Score! One type down 4 others to go. Funny thing is I kept running into this one kid who was selling paintings. He would go through the exact same speech everytime he came across me haha, even he started to laugh. After this I walked around some more just sitting in random places it was a very slow day. Uuummm I was starting to get hungry again, it was about 4pm so I decided to try my luck with CUY! I found this nice little place where it was 10 soles cheaper. OKay so, overall... It was really weird, I was so not prepaired for it. I don't know if it was seeing a guinnea pig cut in half the long ways laying on my plate or if it was just the whole severed head sitting right there between it's body.... Also, I was kinda expecting more meat than organs but eh I at least got through half the guinnea pig. w00t. After I ate as much as I could I ordered a Pisco sour and woooow this was the strongest one I've had all week.

Well, I have to be up at 5:00am and catch my 5:30am taxi to Poroy where I'll depart from the train station around 6:50am. TO Machu PICCHU!

Goodnight!

permalink written by  Kennyboy12 on July 10, 2010 from Cuzco, Peru, Peru
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Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes, Peru


So 5:00am I was called by the front desk as requested. I had all my things packed for my one night in Aguas Calientes and I was out the door with my taxi by 5:30am(when he showed up as requested) It was about a 25 min ride to Poroy train station. It was bloody cold as hell this morning so cold I could see my breath while sitting in the partially hollow train station. Only a few people were there already for our 6:50am departure to Aguas Calientes. By 6:10 it was packed, sunny and still frickin cold. After boarding I swapped my seat with a dad who was in a different seat than the rest of his family and luckily I did cause I met this married couple who is living in Colombia right now and we ended up talking by the end of the journey. Oh on a side note, the lady must have had like applied touretts or something cause she would yell (not loudly though but loud enough for people to hear lol) every type of animal we passed. Okay im kinda exaggerating but she did do it a few times haha. The train ride was about three and a half hours long and IT WAS AMAZING! Ah I couldn't believe the views Peru offers. At exactly 10:30am we stopped in Aguas Calientes where after I departed the train, grabbed my backpack and made my way to where the hostals pick you up I never say my name... Well it turns out, after I came back to look once more, that they spelled my name funky and luckily I saw the name of the hotel on the sign or I wouldn't have ever caught on to my name that they were trying to yell. haha. This place is epic. It's amazing here. It's on a whole different level than Cuzco but the same level nontheles, if that makes any sense. They are both two of the coolest cities I have ever seen, in their own unique ways. for lunch I had sopa de zapallo which was awesome a coke followed by a pisco sour haha. Then the World Cup Final was gonna start in like 30 min so I stayed, had another coke and some crepes for dessert then watched the first half of the game there, at the restaurant I had lunch. Before the game started I tried to ask, in my broken spanish, who he was for, Hollanda or España. He said España of course and so was I which I shared. Afterwards he helped an older couple in to a table, then after that he walked by me patted my shoulder and whispered, "hollanda" as he pointed to the new people haha. After Lunch I walked all over the very small city where I ran into a boy I knew from Cuzco. Christian! The little shoe polisher boy! He ran up to me asking if I remembered him from Cuzco. I asked what his name was and as soon as he said it it clicked. haha cool little kid. He was still askin to clean my shoes for a sole and I kept saying no. As we said ciao and I was about halfway up the hill (it was a tiny hill) I decided to give him a few soles just for being cool. I ran back just as two policias asked him and another boy that was walking around too to pollish their boots, I gave christian seven soles to take a picture with me. The other boy was in it to and I had one of the policia take the picture. Well I was back at the hostel to watch the second half of the soccer match along with a new group that showed up. Only one of them, me and the two front desk ladies were for España... They won btw. :D
Well, I walked around a lot today, took many photos and even had some pizza. What is up with Peru and pizza? Oh and massage clubs. Well, I will have someone knocking on my door at 5:00am tomorrow so I can catch the 5:30am bus to MACHU PICCHU! The weather has been fantastic just cold at nights. Well, tomorrow will be my last big day in Peru before I head back home to Washington.

Adios.

permalink written by  Kennyboy12 on July 11, 2010 from Aguas Calientes, Peru
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Words can't even begin to explain-

Aguas Calientes, Peru


Three Words...

Best Birthday Ever.

permalink written by  Kennyboy12 on July 12, 2010 from Aguas Calientes, Peru
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