We got into Cuzco early Saturday morning and after finding the hostel a fellow traveller recommended, Felix House (see Mel’s Cusco post for some wonderful pictures of this high class spot), we decided to just solider on without any rest/naps. We had 2 days for the rest of our party to acclimatized to the altitude, so our schedule consisted of beers, shopping, eating and general wandering.
The goal of coming to Cuzco was to hopefully join our friends from Vancouver while they did the 5 Day Salkantay Trek. We initially thought that joining them wouldn’t be a hassle and we might even get a bit of a discount as we were a last minute addition to the trek and every second person on the street was offering us a trip with their tour company.
After being told we would be charged the same amount as our friends we told them we would have to think about and check back with them later in the day. We decided a few hours later to “bite the bullet” and join the group, but when we returned the only person left at the tour company didn’t have the language skills and/or the power to make the decision. She asked us to return in the evening so that we could confirm. We tried returning twice before finally getting someone in the know just before our friends had their briefing, we were rudely told we could not join the group. We walked away disappointed and generally confused but held our tongues as to not ruin the trip for our friends.
We had agreed to meet for supper after our friends finished their briefing and when we did we found out that our friends had negotiated for us to join the group and had even gotten us a small discount. We are still at a lose as to what changed, but took the opportunity agreeing to meet for our briefing the following evening.
After our night in the infamous Felix house we moved around the corner to our new home away from home, Hostal Suecia 2. We both enjoyed the hostel very much and would recommend it to anyone staying in Cuzco.
After our 2 days of acclimatization and all our unnecessary luggage in storage we were off to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay trail.
We finished the hike with a short train ride to Aguas Calientes where we had a hotel room, a meal in a restaurant and more importantly hot showers waiting for us. They were all very much appreciated, next an early bus to Machu Picchu and at 10 am a hike up to Wayna Picchu!