“People don’t take trips. . .trips take people.” ~ John Steinbeck
After all the plans were made, the schedules created, the TO DO list written – I packed my bag (last minute) meticulously sorting out the Cusco bag, the mountain bag and the ‘relaxing at the spa on top of the mountain’ bag. Woke up at 3:30 am to do the last check on email, took the dogs for a walk at 6am and then…our ride to airport didn’t arrive! Is this an OMG moment or what?!?! Sometimes I’m slow to react and I waited 15minutes before I phoned the company – the driver wasn’t aware … long story short the amazing Brad made it to my door in 20 minutes. Poor Sharon was pacing outside – she couldn’t understand how we could make an international flight in an hour.
But from that moment everything was perfect. The airport was empty, customs very quick and security a breeze. The plane was not full giving us lots of room to spread out and relax. The Ramada Hotel at Lima airport is the perfect place to stay after a long day – I fell into bed, unconscious.
No one told me how beautiful the flight to Cusco is. Check out the snow capped mountain and the plains below. Cusco is in the valley.
We arrived in Cusco at 7:30am and there was Disnalda waving a paddle with huge smile on her face. In a moment of madness we had booked a Half-Day Local Ruins Tour in Private Service, including Tambomachay, Q’enko, and Saqsayhuaman ( pronounced Sexy Woman) before we checked into the hotel.
I wasn’t prepared for the magnitude of the boulders at Saqsayhuaman. We walked through the ruins – up hills – down cobble stoned steps. Sometimes I felt a little wobbly but then I’d grab an outstretched arm and feel safe and very content. Today we hiked for 3 hours. It was exhilarating and magical. I’ve never felt better. The air is sweet, the sun was shining and the sky – the brightest blue I’ve ever seen.
Tomorrow we booked, with the lovely Disnalda, a Half-Day Cuzco City Walking Tour including the Koricancha Sun Temple, the adjacent Cusicancha, Calle Loreto and Calle Triunfo, the Hatun Rumiyoq. When I get back I’m determined to pronounce one of these destinations correctly. Today the only word I can pronounce almost perfectly is Saqsayhuaman – Sexy Woman!
Perhaps this is a sign…..