Ow yes… the bed at our hostel in Cusco was slightly hard and fresh air was hard to find but that didn’t prevent us from waking up early with a huge smile upon our faces. Breakfast time! We were craving fresh fruit so we just went behind the corner to our local Peruvian market for some grapes, mango, passion fruit and bananas. King’s breakfast!
Bags (way to many btw, girls you know…) packed, all set to go to our next stop in the beautiful Andes: Pisac! We took a local bus for only 2.5 soles a person, squeezed between the typical old Peruvian inhabitants. Nice! After a bumpy yet stunning bus ride of about an hour we arrived in sunny Pisac. Again we were warmly welcomed by the locals and they guided us to our ho(s)tel Chaska Pisac. Lovely green garden where you could relax all day! But that wasn’t on our programme…. A citadel climb it was! So time to swop those skinny jeans and all stars for mountain shoes and sporty shorts. Yes, tourists we were, to the bone!
We were heading towards the ruins of Cusco and according to the information centre it would take us about 1,5hours up and about an hour down. Perfect! But we would need some energy first. Have I mentioned before how delicious the food in Peru is? The smaller, local, restaurants offer such healthy, lean, unprocessed food. If you are a vegetarian, like me and Griet, you can easily eat your belly full. For lunch we had a steamed vegetable salad and quinoa tabouleh. Hmm! Ready to hike that ruin!
Since we thought it would only be about 1,5 hour up the hill, we didn’t really bother about taking enough water and maybe some extra snacks with us. We’re tough kids, and we had a good lunch, we can handle it! Again, the weather was lovely and the sun was burning. Beautiful hike with stunning views! Only did we forget about the altitude… I’m more used to it than Griet since I’m in Switzerland quite often, but still, it’s noticeable. Exercise is a bit heavier than normal. Soon we were thirsty and hungry and we started to get trembling legs. At the same time rainy clouds started to enter the valley. Time to head back… We missed the main ruin… what a pity! But we did met a fellow knie-trembling hiker, with whom we shared a well-deserved mango juice and salty corn snacks!
After a warm bath and some fresh clothes we headed back into the cosy little town for a Machu-Picchu-raincoat stroll through town. The Easters festivities seem to be very important here in the Andes. We were so lucky to experience the local Pisac one. Fanfare style music, serene singings, … Simply peaceful.
We had to end this lovely day with another culinary delight… At the Pisac Inn, near the Market, we enjoyed one of the best pastas we ever had. Yes, amazing pasta in Peru. Peru, you seem to keep us surprising? Excited for tomorrow. After the popular Pisac morning craft market we head to the Sacred Valley and… Machu Picchu.
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