Day 1 Sacred Valley
We arrived to Peru this morning after an overnight flight from New York that we both happily slept through. I find it necessary to say that we saw someone eating a burger with a knife and fork in the New York airport..has anyone seen such a ridiculous thing? Anyways, we landed in Lima and took another flight to Cusco city. My big concern coming to Peru was altitude sickness due to the high elevation in and around Machu Picchu . Our bodies aren't used to the lower oxygen levels and so symptoms can be mild with a headache, feeling tired, nausea, dizzy, some fast heart rate and short of breath or it can be really bad. The elevation is the highest in Cusco (3300m) but our tour guide picked us up and we drove to whats called the Sacred Valley which is at a lower elevation (2900m). I was really worried but so far we haven't felt barely anything maybe a little bit of lightheadness and feeling a bit tired but come on we just got off an overnight flight. On our way to the sacred valley we made a few stops. First we stopped at an Incan ruin site that is called Moroy. It basically looks like an amphitheatre built into the mountains, but was used for farming...I know it doesn't sound cool, but you have to see the pics. We were pretty winded after that little climb but we are totally blaming it on the altitude rather than our lack of fitness. We then headed to a village called Maras and had lunch in a villagers house..it was pretty neat. They served a piece of corn that you ate with cheese..the kernels of this corn was the size if my thumbnail! They then gave us a corn and potato soup followed by this chicken and potato curry thing served with rice...talk about carbs! Peru has 4000 types of potatoes..this isnt going to be good for the waistline. We had a drink made out of black corn called cheecha..not bad and some sweet tomato for dessert. We then made our way to the sacred valley which basically is a valley surrounded by huge green mountains, some of them snow topped, with water running through it that comes from the above glaciers. I tried to tell Tyler it looked like a scene from the sound of music..you know when they are on the mountains singing but he has no idea what I'm talking about. We met up with Felix, a Peruvian cowboy looking man, and went on a horseback ride through the valley and countryside...so beautiful. I know we sound cool going for a "horseback ride" but in reality I was scared because instead of helmets we had cowboy hats but it turned our really well...it was really sunny but started spitting rain a bit, but that was perfect because it meant we got to see a rainbow. Tyler was walking like he had just gotten off a horse. After a long day we finally headed to our hotel and set out for dinner. we ate guinea pig! Guinea pig is all the rage here so we had to try it, basically tasted like chewy beef. Apparently sometimes it comes with the head in but thankfully ours did not...lol. We are pooped and ready for bed!