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Cusco

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  • Day75

    Rainbow Mountain

    May 23 in Peru

    Bereits um 03:30 Uhr wurde ich abgeholt, um dann während mehr als 2 Stunden andere Passagiere aufzuladen (offiziell sollte es nicht so lange dauern, aber es schien auch niemanden gross zu überraschen).
    Nach einem Frühstücks-Stopp und knapp 4 Stunden Fahrt erreichten wir den Ausgangspunkt der Wanderung. Es zeigte sich, dass ich trotz meines Aufenthalts auf Meereshöhe nicht das ganze Wandertraining auf über 4'400 - 5'200 m.ü.M. verloren hatte. Als eine der Ersten unserer Gruppe bestaunte ich dann also den berühmten Rainbow Mountain. Nach allem, was ich gelesen hatte, stellte ich mich auf einen nüchternen Eindruck ein und war umso mehr begeistert, wie farbig der Berg wirklich ist. Das ganze Panorama rundherum ist aber mindestens genau so beeindruckend - trotz Schweisstropfen und dünner Luft - es hat sich VOLL und GANZ gelohnt.

    Zurück im Hotel hatte ich noch eine Stunde Zeit, bevor es um 21:30 nun endgültig heisst, Abschied zu nehmen von Cusco 😓
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  • Day1

    Cusco 1

    June 10 in Peru

    Saw procession after Mass statue of the Virgin Mary. Inca ruins near Cusco which was center of Inca empire. Some dancers in square getting ready for winter solstice

  • Day4

    Cusco

    July 24 in Peru

    Abends noch in die Altstadt von Cusco, ein Meer von Eindrücken ^^
    Cusco leitet sich wohl vom Quechua für König ab, Königsstadt also.
    Interessante Zahlen:
    - ca. 70 %-Einkommen der Stadt aus Tourismus
    - 2012 ca. 200.000 Einwohner und 30.000 Autos
    - heute ca. 500.000 Einwohner und 200.000 Autos, daher ständig Stau. Der Verkehr wird noch überwiegend über Verkehrspolizisten geregelt, an Ampeln kann ich mich nicht erinnern?
    - Einwohnerzuwachs von überall, auch viele Einwanderer
    - Region Cusco:
    Nr. 2 der Welt für Kupfer und Silber Mining
    Nr. 6 für Gold Mining
    Nr. 1 für Kokain 😝
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  • Day7

    Cusco freier Tag

    July 27 in Peru

    Oh so viel passiert, ich komme gar nicht hinterher.
    Cusco als Stadt, schön und schmutzig, Autos verpesten die Luft. Architektur geprägt vom Kolonialstil, in der Umgebung dann diverse “Tambos“ (Ruheplätze der Inkas).
    1996 Beginn des Tourismus, ca. 300.000 Touristen p.a.
    Heute 2.000.000 Touristen, Tendenz steigend.
    Politik ist spannend, überall sind Polizisten, Militär nur zu den vielen Paraden, bei denen grundsätzlich Studentenproteste sein sollen, die aber kaum sichtbar sind.
    Im Oktober sind Wahlen, daher ist alles mit Werbung zugekleistert. Anscheinend besteht Wahlpflicht, kein Wahlrecht, denn es gibt Strafen bei Nichtwahl, fragt sich, ob die Ergebnisse echt sind.
    Gehe den Tag entspannt an, Streetfood, Schokoladenmuseum und eins der vielen Inkamuseen. Auf einem Platz im Künstlerviertel schreibe ich Postkarten und werde permanent angequatscht von den Händlern. Und von Luis.
    Luis kommt aus dem Norden Perus, wo es wohl Küste gibt, denn er ist Surfer. Überall mit Prä-Inka-Tatoos verziert, will er wissen, was ich so mache.
    Das alles auf spanisch, denn englisch kann er noch nicht.
    Und er erzählt von sich: Anfang 30, in der Welt zu Hause. Wenn er arbeiten will, arbeitet er, wenn nicht, dann nicht. Er war 3 Monate in Finnland und spricht finnisch. War 5 Jahre in Brasilien und spricht portugiesisch. Jetzt ist er zwei Monate in Cusco, denn unter anderem macht er Martial Arts und ein besonderer Lehrer ist gerade hier. Eigentlich ist es ihm auch zu kalt in Cusco.
    Als ich von meinem bevorstehenden Trip in 5000 Meter und der Angst vor der Kälte berichte, zögert er nicht, und bietet mir an, von zu Hause eine warme Jacke zu holen, wenn ich sie zurück gebe.
    Unglaublich, aber wahr, ich begleite ihn in sein Viertel, bekomme zwischendurch doch etwas Angst vor der eigenen Courage. Man weiß ja nie.
    Aber alles gut, ich warte vor seinem Haus und genieße einen herrschaftlichen Blick über die Stadt. Und gehe zurück ins Hotel mit warmer Jacke 💓
    Als Dank will ich ihm auch eine Postkarte aus Lübeck schreiben, denn das findet er total toll. Nur, dass er keinen Briefkasten hat, denn hier muss man wohl dafür bezahlen. Also werde ich sie wahrscheinlich an irgendjemanden in einem Restaurant in der Nähe schicken müssen ^^
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  • Day9

    Saqsaywaman, Q'enqo

    July 29 in Peru

    Wohl eine der bekanntesten Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Umgebung von Cusco neben Ollantaytambo ist Saqsaywaman, was sich “Sexywoman“ ausspricht. Alte Höhlen, z.T. eher in den Naturstein eingearbeitet sind wirklich beeindruckend. Für mich an diesem Tag noch viel schöner ist allerdings zu sehen, wie Kinder und Familien diese friedvolle Gegend mit Leben erfüllen. Der Weg ist von vielen picknickenden Familien geprägt, die Ball spielen, Drachen steigen lassen oder in zermoniellen Öfen Kartoffeln grillen anlässlich des Jahrestages der Unabhängigkeit.
    Q'enqo als letzte Station für mich nicht weiter interessant, die Natur ist schöner ^^ Auf dem Rückweg noch schnell ein Foto vom weißen Christus, perfekter Tag zu Ende ^^
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  • Day9

    Heute wird das Kombiticket abgearbeitet.
    Eintritt frei für alle möglichen Museen und Ausgrabungsstätten.
    Der Plan: mit dem Bus den Berg 6 km hoch fahren und dann 4 Ausgrabungsstätten bergab zu Fuß abgrasen. Spazierengehen mit Trümmerschau ^^
    Die Busverbindung ist schon mal super, für 1 Sol und 80 Centimos (etwa 50 Cent) komme ich schnell und sicher oben ans Ziel.
    Den Anfang macht Tambomachay, ein wunderschöner Kontrast zum gestrigen Touristenrummel. Ganz friedlich, wie ein Naturpark ist dieser alte Ruheplatz der Inkas. Kaum Touristen, klare Luft, wirklich erholsam. Ein paar alte Steine sind zu sehen, der Rest ist Natur pur, man kann laufen so weit man mag.
    Das mache ich auch, in den entlegenen Ecken findet sich dann leider doch wieder entsorgter Müll, also drehe ich um.
    Und lande über ein Bergdorf später wieder an der Hauptstraße, direkt am Eingang zu Puka Pukara, ein paar weitere Inka-Relikte, die mich aber nach allem was ich gesehen habe, nicht mehr sonderlich beeindrucken.
    Also folge ich der Hauptstraße zu einer der größeren Attraktionen der Gegend, Saqsaywaman.
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  • Day10

    Cusco letzter Tag

    July 30 in Peru

    Der letzte Tag in Cusco, bevor es in den Amazonas Dschungel geht, wo es weder WLAN, noch Strom gibt. Naja, Strom gibt es doch, aber nur zwischen 17 Uhr und 20 Uhr.
    In meinem Kombiticket sind noch unheimlich viele Museen enthalten, am Ende schaffe ich nur drei, glaube aber, das reicht auch.
    Die Geschichte Perus ist sehr interessant , aber was die Museen daraus machen hält sich in Grenzen. Was alle gemeinsam haben, ist dass man keine Fotos machen darf, was die Anzahl der Bilder beschränkt. Und in den Museen herrscht die christliche Kolonialisierung vor.
    Inka oder Prä-Inka Geschichte? Fehlanzeige.
    Im Museum zeitgenössischer Kunst gibt es Bilder zu sehen, wie man sie auch auf der Straße kaufen kann. Alles in allem halte ich mich lieber selber auf der Straße auf und beobachte die Leute und das Tagesgeschehen.
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  • Day17

    Cusco was not only the capital of the entire Incan Empire, but the street layout of the city is based on the outline of the Puma- one of the sacred animals of the Incas. Even today you can clearly see the outline in the street pattern. On this outline the main plaza (The Plaza de Armas) constitutes the stomach of the Puma and the huge Incan fort of Sacsayhuaman constitutes the head.

    This fort was once a huge fortified stronghold to defend the city, but when the Spaniards came they destroyed the city of Cusco and the impressive fort. Today only about 20% of the original structure remains, the rest was carried away to rebuild the city and to construct the 13 large churches and cathedrals that dominate the city centre. Even so, the remains of Sacsayhuaman (pronounced "sexy woman") are still breathtaking.

    Our plan for our first full day in Cusco was to continue our process of acclimatisation by exploring some more of the city and the numerous ruins that still remain. Our first stop was at the 9 m high statue of Christ that is perched high on one of the nearby hills. With arms outstretched this statue is a little like the much larger and more famous one that dominates Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

    We then spent the next few hours exploring Sacsayhuaman. In order to enter the fort we had to make our way through a dark and very claustrophobic tunnel through the rock. This would have been easy for the diminutive Incans, but quite hazardous for much taller westerners. The new bumps on my head will be reminder of this experience.

    It was then a downhill drive back to Cusco for lunch, followed by a tour of the oldest colonial cathedral. This was built on the site of the Incan palace, out of materials plundered from the destroyed fort and temples. It is now filled with literally tonnes of gold and silver, ornate carvings and numerous images of Mary, especially remodelled to appear like the Incan Mother Goddess of the Earth.

    By late afternoon I was getting very tired and returned to my hotel and set about destroying my room. Well not exactly the whole room, in fact just the top sheet on my bed. In all fariness it was not my fault. After all, how was I to know that the pen I was about to open was still pressurised to sea level ? When I popped the cap off the pen, blue ink sprayed forth all over the brilliant white sheet. All I could do was look on in horror and try to think of what to do next. After the surprise wore off, I decided that there was nothing I could do, except leave it there for all to see. Oh well, worse things can happen.

    Later in the day we met the rest of our cycling guides - Jimmy and Diego. Tomorrow morning we will be getting on the bikes and then we will find out just how much the altitude has reduced us to cycling ruins.

    The weather has continued to be fine and clear. During the day the sun shines with a vengeance and at night the temperatures drop quickly under a clear starry sky. As we walked the plaza after dark we were mesmerised by the beauty of the lights on all the surrounding mountains. It looked like some sort of beautiful Christmas light display. It is only a pity that pictures can never do such moments justice - you simply have to be there.
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  • Day16

    The flight from Lima to Cusco takes about 75 mins by plane, however we have been told that the same journey takes 24 hours by road. As I gazed from my plane window down at the rugged terrain below, it was very easy to see why this would be the case.

    For the traveller the main challenge of taking this short flight is the extreme gain in altitude in such a short time. While Lima is obviously at sea level, Cusco sits at an oxygen starved altitude of 3500 metres. The flight is spectacular and the landing at the small airport is enough to keep the knuckles white. Fortunately we landed safely although the sudden impact with the runway would have only scored a 3/10 on the pilot's skill scale.

    We were met at the baggage carousel by a diminutive Peruvian who introduced himself as "Abel Puma" and then ushered us to the waiting bus. "Do not exert yourselves today", he advised. We didn't need any encouragement to move slowly as our heads were already spinning and our lungs gasping as we made our way along.

    Our hotel is situated right in the centre of town, right next to the Plaza Major and the ancient cathedral. All around are reminders that Cusco was the magnificent capital of the entire Incan Empire. This empire flourished and spread for around 500 years, before it was almost wiped out by the Spanish in the 1500s. This city will also become our base of operations for the next few days. Our first task ? To acclimatise to the thin air.

    After our arrival at the hotel we decided to walk (stagger) to the nearby Plaza to search for somewhere to have lunch. We found a balcony cafe with a panoramic view of the plaza and the surrounding mountains and settled down for our first high altitude meal. For one of our group, the pressures of the past two days has already proven to be too much, so he decided to stay flat on his back in the hotel instead.

    Cusco reminds me of a frontier town, lacking the polish and sophistication of a modern city, but absolutely steeped in history and folklore. The legacy of the Incas is all around with many of the current buildings actually built on the solid foundations crafted by the Incas over 500 years previously. It is also favoured by the neo hippy types that wander the streets in search of hash. I had not walked far before I was asked several times if I wanted to "buy some weed".

    My wanderings were cut short as I only lasted a couple of hours later before exhaustion overcame me as well and I headed back for a rest.

    After an evening briefing by our cycling guide we walked a short distance to a nearby restaurant for dinner. Without our presence the place would have had a quiet night as we were the only ones there. As I ate my meal I gazed at the huge mural that covered the wall of the restaurant. It depicted Mother Earth supplying the needs of the people and was liberally highlighted with shining gold sections. I suggested that David could paint a similar mural on his living room wall when he gets home, but he looked back at me with glazed eyes. I think he needs sleep.

    On the walk back to the hotel I heard the unmistakable sounds of a talented busker singing a succession of Bob Marley songs. I had jokingly asked earlier in the day when we were going to hear Bob Marley and here he was. This music was a feature of all our early Ghostrider overseas rides and I took this as a favourable omen for the success of this trip. I could hear the music long after I returned to my room.

    Compared to the smog and humidity of Lima, the weather in Cusco is clear and dry at this time of the year. I think the pattern will be warm days and chilly nights under the Andean skies.
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  • Day18

    After a couple of days of acclimatisation to the high altitude, it was time for the hour of reckoning. Today was the time for us to get our first taste of cycling the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a short bus ride to the outskirts of the city we were introduced to our bikes for the first time. To our great relief they were high end Specialised brand bikes with dual suspension and hydraulic brakes.

    As it was the first time that most of us had ever ridden a dual suspension bike, they did take a little getting used to, but soon we were looking for potholes in which to test how good the bikes were.

    We didn't have long to wait because most of the day's ride was along very rough back roads, liberally covered with rocks and culverts. The enormous tyres and the suspension certainly worked well, although most of our lungs did not work so well. Every time we encountered a hill our hearts and lungs went into overdrive, gasping for every molecule of oxygen we could catch.

    For the third day in a row we were favoured with blue skies and a very warm sun. The warm clothing we had packed was quickly discarded and the sunscreen was applied thickly. At this altitude it is very easy to become very badly sunburnt in a short space of time.

    We bounced and puffed our way along a succession of rough dirt roads and through some small settlements. In these places our progress was closely monitored by numerous stray dogs that barked menacingly each time we approached them. We had previously been warned that, in the event of a dog attack, we were to stop and take refuge behind our bike. Fortunately this strategy was never put to the test.

    After a couple of hours of cycling we stopped for lunch beside a beautiful lake in the sacred valley and then were driven to the top of a nearby hill to wander some extensive pre Incan ruins.

    We knew that the final two members of our team were due to arrive in Cusco today. Steve and Gil Wilson had to attend a family wedding in the UK and were taking the long and circuitous route from Manchester to Cusco to join us for the rest of our time in South America. Each time a plane flew overhead we imagined that it could be them on board.

    It was only when we arrived back at our hotel we heard just what a trying time they had experienced. Not only had they been in continuous transit for over thirty hours, visiting Manchester, Helsinki, New York and Lima along the way, but their final flight from Lima to Cusco had been altered. This meant that they did not know that someone would be waiting for them on arrival in Cusco. They proceeded through the airport and caught a taxi instead.

    That would have been OK, except for the fact that our hotel had also been changed and, when they arrived at the original hotel, they found it locked and bolted. This was not the welcome they had been looking forward to after such an horrendous time in the air. After a series of phone calls they eventually arrived at the correct hotel some four hours later. Although this was not the start they had been wanting, they took it in surprisingly good spirits and are looking forward to begin their own personal acclimatisation process.

    Tomorrow we head to Olantaytambo where the more serious riding will begin.

    In case you might have been wondering what had happened after my unfortunate incident with the exploding blue pen in my hotel room, I can now complete the story. After an unsuccessful personal attempt to remove the ink, I gave up, carefully folded the sheet on top of my bed and wrote a letter of apology to the cleaning staff. To add some extra gravitas to my apology I added a crying face at the bottom to emphasise that I was truly sorry for my sins. I expected to return to my room and be welcomed with a stern letter of rebuke and a hefty invoice. I found neither of these. My room and bed was made up and my stained sheet replaced with a pristine new white one. I have learnt my lesson.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Cusco, Cosco, قوسقو, Qusqu, Горад Куска, Куско, কোস্কো, Cuscu, Cuzco, Κούσκο, Kusko, Ciudad del Cuzco, کوزکو, קוסקו, कुज़्को, Կուսկո, CUZ, クスコ, კუსკო, 쿠스코, Cuschum, Kuskas, कुस्को, குசுக்கோ, กุสโก, 庫斯科

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