July 21, 2015
I am not a fan of arriving in new destinations before sunrise and on this occasion we have managed to arrive in Cusco ahead of schedule at 5am. I am not complaining though as that bus ride was a bit fraught at times, and fortunately, I find a couple of affable Chileanos to accompany us for the taxi ride into Cusco where after a daybreak stroll around the almost completely deserted main plaza I find an ensuite room at a reasonable rate slap bang in the middle of this world famous city.
CNN is reporting a deteriating situation in La Paz with fresh riots against the police, which knowing their quality of journalism and truth quite possibly means things are actually beginning to calm down in Bolivia.
Cusco is a world away from Bolivia. Everything is spotlessly clean and the choice of decent very affordable restaurants is off the scale. Not that you come to Cusco for this but it is quite pleasurable to be here in the seemingly ''civilized world" after the obvious limitations of some parts of Bolivia.
Many punters come to Cusco to organise their trips to Machu Picchu, a train journey away from here. The rich and the well organised usually organise it back home. With our extremely limited budget-for-two, Cusco is ideal for spending a day or two shopping around finding ways of making it to Machu Picchu that can save you hundreds of pounds in the process.
Annoyingly I have been offered cocaine at least half a dozen times since we arrived here. Is it my beard and look of exhaustion after Bolivia?! I also manage to spot the two English Muppets wandering around in a daze. It makes you wonder how some people make it through a week.
There are so many options for dinner in this city that it is difficult to make a decision where to end up dining. Near us is a lovely, friendly place called Tinto. It is fantastic value for money, set in a colonial courtyard. The owner is genuinely friendly and goes out of his way to keep us happy. And the food is absolutely delicious. All of this for a fraction of what you would pay at home for a meal.
It has been a day of lying low and recharging the batteries. Subsequently, today's blog is about as interesting as watching paint dry.