Peru Day 4: Pisac site and market
5:30am... up and "at them"!!! Ugh... :)
Actually, it was TOTALLY fine. We are practicing, getting ready for the early-to-bed, early-to-rise vibe we're gonna be rockin' on the Inca Trail so this was good. Going to bed at 9:30pm the night before means you can get up at absurd early morning times and it actually works! Fancy that. :)
We got brekkie in the hostel again which roccccked and then headed to the front door area waiting for a cab. A cab pulled up... and kinda signaled to us... and the guy at the front desk of the hostel was chatting on some walkie-talkie, so we figured it was ours. We had next to no Spanish so we tried to ask if he was "our" cab (the one the hostel had arranged for us) and it wasn't really working out :) Bah, I really should have learned more Spanish before this trip. Oh well, we shrugged it off and took off on an epic day! (As it turns out, this was NOT actually the cab we were supposed to take, but our driver, Jorge, was super awesome and very helpful anyway!).
|On the way out of Cusco|
|Excited for the day|
|Misty Sacred Valley|
|Cool terraces on the way to Pisac|
|Cool little villages and lots of open spaces|
After an hour or so we arrived at the Pisac ruins. There were some very beautiful terraces there as well as some thatched roof homes that were built up to look like they would have looked in the past. It was very cool. We took a nice long walk for a few hours, eventually splitting off and wandering our own directions. Frank and the others found some cool cave thing, and Jess and I wandered around a different hill. At one point I sat down for a little reflection time and that was a nice quiet moment, chilling out and looking across the way at some farmers who were carrying huge bales of hay on their backs. What an awesome place to hang out.
|At Pisac ruins|
|Awesome day for a hike!|
|More pics of the Pisac site|
|Sunny grass tips|
|Frank walking on some ledgy thing|
|I watched as these guys across the hill carried these huge bales of hay|
|Awesome place to hike!|
|A soft dog at the Pisac market|
|Chicha Morada!!!!!! Purple Corn!!!|
After looking at clothing and souvenirs for a while, Kev and I went off to the fruit market section. I got a think called a Peppino, which looked a bit like a small melon. I also got some Passionfruit (she called them "Grenadilla", same as South Africa!) - this is not actually the Maracuya, which is the fruit I'm still searching for :) Kev and I went into a nice looking shop to get out of the sun for a bit, and I got a Maracuya juice there which ROCKED.
|Pisac market (the fruit section)|
|Lots of interesting people in cool clothes here|
|Those mangos looked epic. I bought some passion fruits (grenadillas)|
|Loved this print but there was no easy way to get it home|
|Juice and the fruit I bought|
|Awesome bag I got|
|Socks for Mom!|
|This guy was making rugs with this loom|
|Cute cat at the market|
|My new buddy|
|Massive corn with huge kernels|
|Sweet shoulder bags, Jess and Christy both got one|
|Facetime with Jutan Clan at the hostel|
Dinner was friggin' epiiiic. I got Chicha Morada AGAIN, my new favourite drink. The salad bar at Los Toldos Chicken was fantastic again and we tried everything. After dinner we did some wandering and went back to that cake place we went to on the first night. Frank got the "Lengua de Suegra" which is a really funny and weird name for a dessert, it means "Mother-in-Law's Tongue", so there must be some hilarious cultural reference I am missing there. It's sweet though! So you would think if they are making a joke about Mother-in-Law's, that it would be a sour dessert instead! Anyway, it rocked, and Alicia bought us an alfajore cookie to share the next morning on the way to our hike. Very thoughtful... and man that cookie was TASTY. That rocked.
Back we went to the hostel and I did a FULL and ENTIRE re-pack of my backpack. My mantra for the evening? "Minimize, Minimize, Minimize!" We had intentionally brought the expandable duffel bags for this exact situation - so we could easily dump as much stuff as possible into the duffel and leave it at the hostel during our hike.
|Packing for the Inca Trail: 1 word... MINIMIZE!!!!|
After all that packing I was pretty tired, so I just sent off a couple of emails and then headed to sleep early. Another awesome day!