Peru Day 2: Lima to Cusco
|Arrived in Lima! And now to Cusco...|
Things were pretty quick-quick and efficient in the airport which was great since we pretty much hadn't slept all night. We met up with Kev (since he had come in on a different flight) and walked pretty directly through the terminal, checking out the food court on the way. There was a McDonald's there (anyone who has read my trip blogs before knows that I LOVE seeing all the localized foreign McDonald's menu items in other countries - it was kinda cool but nothing super weird and wild like Japan. A ham sandwich/tostada thing on the menu, otherwise it looked pretty standard). There was a Dunkin Donuts, but didn't have hilariously unusual garlic or avocado donuts like they did in Dunkin Donuts in South Korea. Meh. :) The place that did rock was one of the souvenir stores which had chocolate covered passion fruit, macadamias, bananas. We helped ourselves heartily to the free samples! Then on we went to Cusco.
|On the way to Cusco|
|More awesome mountains|
We arrived in Cusco and the air felt a little thin but not too bad. Jose from our hostel was already there and waiting and very organized. He sorted out the cab for us and off we went towards the city center. There were so many buildings up on the hillsides, so amazing! It was just so inspiring and exciting to arriving in a new country, so many unusual new things and unexpected surprises. You really feel ALIVE at a moment like this! That was nice given the lack of sleep the night before, haha.
|Kev and I chillin' with some Coca Tea at the hostel|
After a good nap we got rollin' and headed out to "El Buen Pastor", a pastry shop a few doors down which is run by nuns! It was amazing!! I got a queso empenadea (cheese) and it was great. The winner though was the peach custard pastry - man!!!!
|THIS WAS AMAZING|
|Awesome selection of pastries near our hostel|
|Kev excited for breakfast|
|Pastry-fest at the "Nun" bakery!|
|Plaza San Blas|
|Cusco hills from Plaza San Blas|
|VWs seem REALLY popular here|
|Taking photos, note the girl with the baby lamb (or llama) in the background|
|This was amazing|
|and in English... "Soursap" juice. It was sweet and weird and good.|
Back at the hostel, we were so tired so we slept for another few hours. Lonely Planet suggested it was very important to take it easy on the first day at high altitude and we were certainly chillin' out.
Then we headed to Peru Treks to pay the remainder of our hiking fees for the Inca Trail in a few days. We talked to the lady for a while there and she was very nice. She helped answer a lot of our questions. I joked about a few things, like the form asked us to check "Male or Female" and "Male" said "Masculino". I laughed and said, "Si, Muy Masculino!" trying to play-on-words Masculino with "Masculine". I have no idea if that translated but she laughed at my effort in any case. :)
Then off to dinner! The guidebook suggested this excellent chicken place called Los Toldos Chicken. It was some AMAZING BBQ Chicken!!! Or, shall I say, "Pollo Brassa". It was BBQ'd style, rotisserie, char-broiled. Amazing stuff. The salad bar was free and epic - pickled carrots, veggies, potato salad, salad with this great olive dressing... awesome. We got a 1L coke and it was so good too.
|To Peru treks to check in|
|Salad bar at the BBQ restaurant|
|The dressing was made of black olives, so frickin' good|
|Sauces for the chicken|
|One of many insanely scary mannequins we saw|
|Another terrifying mannequin... why?!??!?!?!|
|Haha, wow so much blantant copyright infringement in Peru|
|These were suppper good too|
|The most epic orange hot chocolate ever, made from Andean chocolate|
|View of the city from our coffee place|
|Oreo Ice Cream mmmmm|