Well i made it to Cuzco safe and sound! Let me tell you, 21 hours on a bus with a head cold has got to be one of the most painful things I’ve done! Luckily my ears have finally popped after 4 days and I’m starting to feel better. Yay!
Anyhow, we made it into the city and to our hotel, Q’orich’aska, which is super cute and homey feeling.
We hadn’t eaten a real meal in over a day so we bee lined it to the nearest place that Jenny had been to and knew i would be able to eat at: Aldea Yanapay. It’s a restaurant that helps an orphanage and after school program for kids near by and was definitely kid based, check out our menus!
I ended up getting the avocado salad and the vegetable burrito, which is nothing like the American kind as it’s simply a corn tortillas folded over some vegetables. It was good enough for me though as i needed some good food but wouldn’t be able to handle too much at this point!
We also got hot tea, a chica morada that i really enjoyed, and flan for dessert. I ate about two bites ofthe flan before handing it over to Jenny as it was too sweet for me.
We came back to our hotel to chill out before going to bed at a crazy early hour and getting some much needed sleep after that bus ride!
Today was nice as we finally picked ourselves up and got in some exploring and bird watching! But first, a nice breakfast at the hotel of some bread, jam, coca tea and eggs. Great breakfast before our hike!
We bush wacked our way up the side of Cuzco to a big white Christ statue and a nice view of the city:
We looked at a few birds while we were up there then made our way down the hard way through the bushes to a great riparian birding area where i got to see FOUR hummingbird species!!! I was so excited, it was kind of nuts. We saw the giant hummingbird, the great sapphire hummingbird, the green tailed trainbearer and another one we couldn’t id. It was simply amazing though!
I also made a new friend…but couldn’t pet him. Too dangerous…
We started get a bit too cold and made our way down back to the city to get a snack and then lunch:
Seriously, best corn ever.
Lunch, quinoa soup and lentils with rice.
There was also jello for dessert but i forgot a picture. I’m sure you can imagine a red jiggly bowl of it.
We spent the rest of the afternoon working on stuff for the jungle and finally made our way out to dinner. I forgot the camera but just imagine the best vegetable soup you could ever imagine. This was it, no joke. I also got a lentil burger with fries but was too full to eat more than fourth of it. At least now i have lunch for tomorrow!
We are hitting up the market tomorrow so hopefully I’ll have some more pictures for you! We go to our first field site on Friday so then you’ll really get to see the jungle.
Until then, ciao!