17 April 2010
Sat 17 Apr 2010 - Sat 17 Apr 2010
We got up and had breakfast then caught a bus for 1 sole for the two of us to a town called Urumbamba. From there we caught a taxi for 5 soles to Ollantaytambo.
In Ollantaytambo we had lunch at a little hole in the wall – Seth had alpaca with a cheese and Andean herb sauce and Monica had an empanada.
We walked around the Ollantaytambo ruins, which is a cool fortress that was used as one of the Inca’s last stands against the Spaniards.
We had over an hour before our train was supposed to leave so we thought we’d get a cup of coffee. We’d heard of a place down by the train station that was supposed to be good so we headed down there. When we walked down to the train station we asked a local tour guide where the Peru Rail pick up was. She emphatically stated that we had missed the final bus and that we needed to quickly go talk to the ticket agents. We were at the wrong station! After some running around we found a taxi and took a speedy, bumpy ride to Piscacucho. We jumped on the train about 5 minutes before it pulled out of the station.
The train ride up was pretty slow. We were thankful we weren’t on the river side of the train as it probably would have made us more nervous as the bank seemed to practically disappear under us at times.
The scenery was beautiful as it changed to much more jungle atmosphere.
Our hotel had a person waiting for us at the station so we walked with him up to the lodging.
We went out for dinner at one of the many tourist trap joints and had a fair pizza and free lemonade. Everything was at list a third more expensive than in other parts of Peru.
We asked a local shop lady about where to get a good desert and she recommended Indio Feliz. We’re not sure what a Happy Indian has to do with a pirate ship theme but the dessert and coffee were some of the best we’ve had in Peru though a bit pricey.
We were pretty tired so and ready for a good nights rest so we headed back to our hotel. Muyurina is located close to the river so we thought the gentle roar would put us to sleep quickly. We got a little concerned when we could hear the owners baby crying for quite some time and her kids were also watching TV in the lobby which our room looked out on. After spending about 15 minutes trying to get hot water, Monica called the front desk who apologized and said she’d call back in 5 minutes. After a half hour Monica went down and informed her that there was still no hot water. – it was now 9:30pm. She again apologized and said that the pilot light had gone out and it would be another 25 minutes. We decided that we were not going to spend another minute there when we could have gotten the same service at a dormitory and spent $15 as opposed to $55.
We grabbed our backpacks (as we’d only brought one change of clothes) and walked about 30 seconds to a nice looking hotel that offered us a huge room for $15 less, had immediate hot shower and aside from a little outside noise was much better.