|We left Puno at 7.30 and boarded the public bus to Cuzco. 7 hours on rough terrain just flew by as the scenery is constantly changing. It´s so different from the coast. The mountains are beautiful and green with lots of farms and small villages. People just put houses everwhere. We saw some doing laundry and bathing in rivers. Water seems to be an issue here which seems odd as there's lots of it.
The hotel here in Cuzco is again very quaint and within walking distance of everything. We´ve already checked out some of the markets. There are SO many! The streets are made of cobble stone and the Cathedral is a central building, some of which was built by the Incas.
We met tonight with our tour guide for the trail. We´re all a little nervous even though he says after 6 years he´s never had anyone not finish. I don´t believe him as we spoke to someone today who said someone quit half way through the first day. There´s a lot of climbing and descending so we´re renting trekking poles along with the sleeping bag and thermo rest. We´re all feeling much healthier today and ready to take on the trail.
We didn´t have dinner tonight until 9. It was another interesting one but yummy. One day I WILL try the cuy (guinea pig) before we leave Cuzco. I'm really enjoying the Peruvian food. There's so much variety and lots of different flavours.