10.03.2013 - 10.03.2013
This morning we woke up refreshed and ready to meet our guide, Chino, at 9am. We were out there with our backpacks on and waited, then waited some more and by 9:30 we thought he might have forgot about us and Tyler was ready to ask the hotel to call him and give him heck! But then I got to thinking. There is no time change between home and Peru which is cool, except that Peru does not have daylight savings time. We are using our phones as our watch and the time on our phones had sprung forward whereas Peru did not...so we were an hour early..oops. We spent the time to practice our Spanish, Tyler has a little post it note with a bunch of phrases on it and is trying it out on everyone..we are even trying to roll our r's. Our tour guide showed up at the right time and we spent the day checking out more sites of the sacred valley. In the car ride he asked us what we had for dinner last night and we excitedly told him we had guinea pig. Well remember how in the last post I said it tasted like chewy beef..that's exactly what it was..chewy beef. The menu was in Spanish but I thought I knew the translation for guinea pig but it turns out I did not. So ya..we ate beef and are still on the hunt for the elusive guinea pig..oops again. We first stopped at some Incan ruins and then headed to the Pisaq market which was quite nice. We had some empanadas which were delicious and tried on alpaca sweaters and hats, even bought some souvenirs! The people all wear traditional clothing so we tried to take lots of pictures of them without them knowing..like pretend we are taking a picture of the mountains in the background even though the camera is pointed in their face. We then had lunch and stopped by a little bar where an old lady makes corn beer. She showed us how to make it and we sampled it. It's definitely not the best thing I've tasted here so far but tolerable. We then headed out to some more Incan ruins and saw some condors flying overhead. Up until today I didn't even know what a condor was, it's a type of huge vulture found in the Andean mountains which is a symbol of the upper world (maybe like heaven?) to the Peruvians. When our guide spotted them he was incredibly excited and kept telling us how lucky we are since he has only seen them twice in the last 12 years. He said it was a sign to us that we should have kids soon and I asked him if our moms told him to say that. Anyways after the "condor" excitement we just spent a bit of time to walk about the little town and take pictures of more people..I even paid one lady $1 to take a picture of her cute little toddler wearing her traditional clothes. We sat down for a small dinner and finally had a Pisco Sour which is Peru's national drink. Pisco is a type of alcohol that is made from peruvian grape and they combine it with some lime juice, syrup, egg white and bitter..it was delicious and went down very easy..I even forgot there was egg in it until right this moment. It tasted like a margarita really and I think we might have to try it again! We then jumped on a train and took a 2 hour ride to Agua Caliente which is the town at the base of Machu Picchu and are getting pumped about our day tomorrow. Oh ya, one more thing I thought of was that our tour guide was very insistent the first day that we put sunscreen on, he made us put it on in front of him. The weather is about 16-18 degrees Celsius and goes from cloudy to sunny so we are basically wearing long pants and a sweater so this morning we decided to skip the sunscreen and when he asked if we had put it on we lied and told him that of course we had. Welllll, my face is quite red tonight, as is Tyler's neck..I guess he knew what was talking about...oops for the third time today . I'm trying to include a picture with this post, Tyler says this is the most beautiful country he's been to which is a pretty bold statement to make after only 2 days!