Cuzco is muy beautiful - mountains, narrow cobble stone alleyways, llamas and a variety of cosmopolitan restaurants and bars. We really like it here, there's less traffic and a 10 minute walk takes you to the countryside and Inca ruins.
slippery cobblestone and Alpacas
We splashed out a bit on our accommodation here. We have our own bathroom, hot water on demand, a comfy bed and even TV. We've watched two starwars movies as we've acclimatized to the 3500 metre altitude.
We start the Inca trail tomorrow morning. While we are looking forward to it and Machu Pichu at the end, we are under no illusions that this will be any easy trek. The second day will take us steeply to 4200 meters over a pass aptly named 'dead woman's pass'. Anna is really looking forward to the downhill part, especially as it will take us into cloud forest. Orchids! and Butterflies. We will fill you in on the details of the trek when we return to civilization - in about 5 days.
ancient giant rocks that formed Incan castle walls
Right now we have to head into town to go to our pre-trek briefing. Then it's chicken soup for dinner and an early night as we have to get up at 5 am. Nighty night.