Craig and Steph's First Adventure Life Trip: Peru
We got to Machu Picchu and resumed our tour, walking through a royal house. After climbing some of the steps Craig found he had no energy. Vidal was a total sweetheart and made two trips to the store for Gatorade. Craig drank the Gatorade and started to rehydrate, but he still had no energy. At 1:30, he urged Vidal and I to finish the tour on our own. We found a nice bench overlooking the valley, and he sat there while we continued on. It started sprinkling, just enough that a rainbow appeared above the valley. Vidal and I saw a room that was used for skull trepanation surgery. There were some small houses used by dwarves, and a storehouse for llama food which was built in such a way that llamas could not get around the sharp corner. We saw a hummingbird and a lizard. We saw the Temple of the Sun (which has one window facing the summer solstice and one facing the winter). We also saw the royal tombs. At 2:45 we picked up Craig and boarded a bus. Our chasquis looked especially tired today. At 4:00, we caught a train to Ollantaytambo. In the market near the train station I bought a yellow Inca Kola shirt for 12 soles. On the train we sat across from Deano (a British trance d.j.) and a guy from Chile. We had very interesting conversations with them for the entire ride. Carlos picked us and Vidal up in Ollantaytambo. After a stop at the Ollantaytambo hotel to use their restroom, we drove to Cusco. We checked into the hotel and collected the luggage that we had stored there. I dropped Craig in the room. The rooms here were great; they had little doors within a door so you could open it and have a view of the entire Plaza de Armas. Vidal and I went to the drugstore and bought Craig an Electrolight drink. Then we went to a restaurant to get Craig some take-out chicken soup. I ordered a Hawaiian sandwich (four slices of bread, ham, cheese, and pineapple, all toasted). Vidal and I drank Fantas while waiting for the food. We chatted and I tried the sapo game. When the food arrived, Vidal walked me back to the hotel. Craig and I ate in the room and went to bed. Vidal was so helpful during Craig's illness...we really appreciated it!