03.10.2006 - 05.10.2006 21 °C
2 days ago I arrived on what should be a comfortable 6 hour bustrip from Puno. Unfortunetaly, me and some other travellers were put on a very basic and slow bus full of peruvians and even more full with their stuff. Some people even asked me and others to put away some of their stuff, because on the road there are checkpoints and people need to pay tax for that....? Now, that`s strange for just a domestic bus ride isn`t it?
Well, all in all it was some experience and later that day I finally arrived in Cuzco, probably the oldest inhabited city in South America.
In contrast to that horrible hostal in Puno, I know stay in a decent place close to Plaza de Armas.
So what about Cuzco? Well, it`s a very welcoming and lovely place to walk, visit some (rather boring) museums, the beautifully decorated cathedral and other churches and plazas. But actually, after about 2 days I am glad to visit Machu Pichu and the Sacred Valley the next days.
Cuzco isn`t that big, most churches look very much alike (same building style and colour) and I am really getting tired of people who want to clean my shoes, sell me postcards, drag in me into restaurants, asking for money, or sell me stuff that they imported from Taiwan. The city does seem to absorb the tourists quite well on the other hand.
Maybe I am just staying here as a starting point for Machu Pichu I don`t know, but it certainly is not nicer than the former places I have been to during this trip. Actually, since Uyuni most cities are rather boring and I liked Buenos Aires, Colonia, Salta or Tupiza better. Also the landscapes in northwest argentina and southwest bolivia were more beautiful. So yeah, probably I am just here to visit Machu Pichu.
More about that to come in the near future....cheers, Michael.