Free day at leisure - dinner Scenic Free Choice - El Tupay Restaurant
07.04.2015 - 07.04.2015 18 °C
We have a free day today so no alarm. We had a late breakfast and then wandered down to the main square as we had to pick up Phil's ring at 11 am. They did a really good job and while we were there, I suddenly remembered that I had my broken gold bracelet in my purse so I asked them to fix it too. Lili said to come back in an hour and charged us 70 soles for the repairs, which is about $35 AUD. Pretty reasonable we thought. We wandered around taking photos of the square and some of the locals.
Isn't she a cute little thing. Two things have struck us. The Peruvians are a very short race and yet, all the stairs are even huge for us! Also, while trying on Alpaca jumpers, the arms are so long for me, so what must they be like for them?
On our way back to the jewellers, we came across this guy and I had my photo taken with him. It cost 10 soles, ($5 AUD) and Phil is still moaning!
We had a very light lunch at our favourite Italian restaurant as we have a dinner this evening.
The weather was slightly overcast this morning but when the sun came out, it was hot. Then the clouds rolled in and it got quite cold and then started to rain about mid afternoon. Seems to be the weather pattern here.
We did probably our last bit of souvenir buying and came back to the hotel to prepare for our departure tomorrow and have a rest. Patricia and Jenny2 are both in the clinic receiving oxygen. Poor things. I think they both had an upset stomach which is probably exacerbated by the lack of oxygen. I don't know that for sure, but I am so glad that the altitude has not affected me. Phil is taking altitude sickness tablets. Tomorrow will be the test because Lake Titicaca is the highest place we will be going - 3810 metres above sea level.
John and Sharon came to see our room and then we went to visit theirs. It is small but very, very cute. Just the sort of room you would imagine in a monastery. If we had been given a room like that, I would have been very happy too. They have a great view of Sacsayhuaman from their tiny little window. We also had a look at Josh and Mary's room. It is different from John and Sharon's, but cute too.
Phil had an afternoon nap and I tried to catch up on my blogging. We all met just before dinner to hear the timings for tomorrow. Apparently there is going to be some sort of strike in Cusco tomorrow which means that at some stage the roads will close. So, we will be going to the station a little bit earlier as the train leaves at 8am. Breakfast starts at 5am, bags out at 5.45am and meeting at 6.50am in the bar area.
We had a lovely dinner in the El Tupay restaurant in the hotel. During the dinner we were entertained by these two singing popular opera. Very nice. Phil and I had Chateaubriand. It was delicious and cooked exactly how we both like it. Poor Jenny2. She was in the clinic overnight with altitude sickness and a tummy upset so she was on chicken and rice!
Into bed to be ready for the train trip of a life time, from Cuzco to Puno through the Andes.