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Day 23 - Santiago, Chile to Cuzco, Peru

sunny 18 °C

We had a very early start today, our taxi to the airport was booked for 04:30am.

Our first flight to Lima went smoothly and was on time. It took just under 4 hours but as Peru is 2 hours behind Chile, it was still only 09:30 when we landed.

Although the International and Domestic airport are in the same building, you have to collect your suitcase and walk outside to get from one to the other.

The flight to Cuzco is supposed to be 1hr35 and we seemed to get close to the airport on time but then spent about 40 minutes circling - this was particularly unpleasant as the clouds were quite heavy so there was a lot of turbulence as we flew in and out of the clouds.

Our guide (Jose) was waiting for us and it only took 20 minutes to get to the hotel.

Cuzco was once capital of the Inca Empire. It is 3,400 m above sea level and we were warned to acclimatize slowly, our guide told us to take things easy and only have something light to eat. The hotel welcomed us with a cup of coco-leaf tea which is supposed to help with altitude-sickness.

We had a gentle walk around the area near the hotel but with the early start today and another early start tomorrow we decided not to explore too far. We sat on a bench in the sunshine near the Convent of Santo Domingo and ate some empanadas and cake and watched a humming bird collecting flower nectar.

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I feel a little odd - a bit dizzy and queasy.

Posted by JenBuckley 14:38 Archived in Peru

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