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Cusco - The capitol of the Inca empire
2000-08-16 12:00:00
Cusco was our originating point for the Inca trial, and the name of the city means the navel of the world.
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Cusco is a very beautiful city, and it is situated 3.300m. above sea level. In the Inca period, Cusco was the centrum and the capitol of the Inca empire. Out from this city alone around 20.000Km of Inca paths and trials stretches out to the four corners of the lost empire.

After a nice meal on the first day of three in Cusco, we went to the English pub Cross Keys and had a nice beer. This pub is owned by a English man, Barry Walker, who has settled down in Cusco, and it was a nice pub with a very tired interior and squirking everywhere.

We then went on the Inca Trial, and you all have probably read our story from this magnificient trip. If not, we suggest you do it as soon as possible.

After the Inca Trail we came back to Cusco again. Hege had been longing all the way to do some serious shopping activity in this beautiful city, but unfortunately sha had to stay in bed with stomach problems and fever. Odd used this oppurtunity to become the shopping king, but this effort drained him of energy and he fell a bit sick too. We all felt more to the altitude, and against all Odds Lars was the one who handled the altitude the best. Another part of the story is that Lars is the tallest, and therefore more accustomed to high altitude. After a couple of days, we all were accustomed to the altitude again, and felt good.

The hotel we stayed in, Hostal San Augustin, was a very noisy hotel because of heavy traffic outside. When the alarm clock started to beep in the morning, it was in fact the lowest sound in the room, and snoaring was not a problem at all. One thing is the regular traffic noise, another is the caracteristic of the Peruvian car. When they have a 5000Km check, they change two things - oil and horn. The horns just have to be worne out after such a time, because all drivers are banging on it all the time. The safety belt by the way, is totally unused still on very old cars.

We had our last breakfast in Cusco, and prepared ourselves for an eight hour train expirience to the city Puno.
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