Can't handle the altitude in Cusco, Peru
07.11.2012 - 10.11.2012
The more I think about this, the more I believe that traveled from sea level at Easter Island to Cusco which is 3300m above sea level may not be the smartest idea. I am writing this one in Urubambo (staying at Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection) with a cup of Coca tea….. I really couldn't function when I was in Cusco, I thought I was young enough to handle this altitude.. but I was wrong. Headache plus super fast heartbeat from simply walking to the restaurant for breakfast..
We had a great dinner at Limo, which is right on the town square, with modern Peruvian cuisine. The same night, there were hundreds of students marching and performing brass orchestra. I somehow enjoyed Cusco a lot, really charming small town, and almost european feeling. And of course I shopped a little bit, as you know… beijing can be very cold, so baby alpaca scarf will be just right for me to have.
After one night in Cusco, we moved to Urubambo. Which is a lot lower altitude than Cusco, enroute we visited Moray and pink salt area of Maras
Today, we went to Ollantaytambo and Pisac. The ruin at Ollantaytambo is just as amazing as Sacsaythuman in Cusco. A lot of walking of course, but totally lucky with the weather. Our lunch spot was at Hacienda Huayoccari, a private estate, which was tastefully done.
Tomorrow, we will head down to Machu Picchu.