Friday, May 24, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
If you don’t want to take the train and bus to Machu Picchu you can also do the 4 day Inka Trail hike which several in our group did. Due to my uncooperative knees, lack of toilets/running water and just general laziness we opted to stay a few extra days in Cusco instead.
If you know me there’s not much I consider getting up before sunrise for. Fortunately the sunrises a bit later and we were there for it.
You are officially limited to 4 hours to visit the site but another limit on your time is the fact that there are no bathrooms on site. There is one outside the gates costing 2 Peruvian Sols (about 80 cents CAD) but you can’t re-enter. Apparently the revenue for the bathroom is 10,000 Sols/day. It’s owned by a high end hotel that is right at the gate.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
There are some very distinctive culinary traditions in Peru. First of all they are avid meat eaters - that includes alpaca, llama and of course guinea pig which is sold at roadside stands roasted on a stick. Roasted chicken is very popular as is ceviche - fish ‘cooked’ in lime juice. At street stands you’ll find empanadas, churros and the corn with the giant niblets.Ceviche:
Now we were ready for the main course - Lomo Saltado or Loin stir fry - a Peruvian dish with a Chinese influence.
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