We didn't do a whole lot on our last full day in Cusco. We had to return our rental gear to Loki hostel. We mostly planned to eat at a few more places and walk around the city. Luckily it was a beautiful day! We walked around, checked out the cocoa museum shop, bought some really tasty chocolates. We had crepes for lunch at the crepe place we'd found earlier in our trip. For dinner we went to a restaurant called La Cicciolina, known for tapas.
Our flight the next morning would be at 7:25am so we went to bed early, as usual. Unfortunately, it was raining and the airport at Cusco is really tricky to fly out of in the rain. We ended up being delayed over 2 hours...our flight was the last one to make it out of that airport that day. We missed our next two connecting flights. This got us stuck in the Lima airport for 10 hours as we waited for our flight to Bogota, Colombia. Then we had to kill another 9 hours in the Colombia airport (overnight, too). Fortunately, that airport is pretty nice. So after 36 hours of travel, and a day later, we finally made it home!
Monday, November 4, 2013
We arrived at the base gate (luckily, we were able to leave our packs in the hostel) to a line of about 30 people. They quickly processed us all (passports and tickets) and we began the long hike up the stairs. So here we are hiking in the dark with our headlamps...everyone trudging up the stairs.
So we spent several hours at MP before beginning the decent to Aguas Calientes. We had bought return train tickets to Cusco for 9:30pm. I figured the later the better so we could have as much time as possible. Well, we were so exhausted we ended up buying earlier tickets, 6:45 train. The train would take us to Ollanta, then we had to catch a bus back to Cusco. Our initial arrival time back to Cusco would have been 1:30am...with the 6:45 train, we'd get back around 10:30. Much better!
There were several places I'd researched for food in Aguas Calientes (as I wanted to avoid having touristy restaurants). One was called The Tree House. Alex and I headed out in search of that restaurant or any others I'd read about. We ended up finding The Tree House, though not easily.