|Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on November 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM|
Oh My God.....what a stunning place is the Sacred Valley! We arrived here after landing in Cuzco and being bused for about 2 hours. What magnificent vistas of the Andes we saw. About an hour into our bus trip we stopped for a photo & bathroom stop & were lucky to meet some local ladies & children. They were there to display & sell local woollen & Alpaca items & other goods to those who stop to take advantage of the photo opportunity. I couldn't help myself & purchased that first of what I am sure will be numerous Alpaca scarves & wraps.....I am determined to come home with a few!
After leaving the photo stop we drove for another hour to a Hacienda, which was amazingly beautiful. Our 3 course lunch with drinks was all provided. The food, like the environment was amazing. Following on from lunch was a 20 minute drive into the town of Urubambra for an unbelievable hotel for the next 3 days. Our room is so lovely that I actually took photos of it! The hotel is called Tambo Del Inka (Tambo Del Inca meaning resting place for the Incas). Our room actually looks out at the over a river! A small piece of trivia - the Amazon River is 6756 Klms long, starts in Peru & is 91 Klms longer than the Nile.
The reason we are based here for 3 nights is an attempt at acclimatisation to the high altitude before heading to Machu Picchu. I totally understand the reason for it as, even the short walk from the plane to the airport concourse let most of us struggling slightly for breath. As we left the airport, Mick Hill our Tour Director, advised that it is normal to fall asleep during our 2 hours bus trip, especially the first part whilst we were travelling at of 3769 metres above sea level. It is also normal whilst here to forget things (so we don't need to blame that on the ageing process for a week). At this altitude most people struggle to sleep properly & we were recommended to have some oxygen before retiring, which should enable us to get some decent sleep. We have been told that to help combat the effects of altitude sickness that we should drink about 4 bottles of water plus 2 bottles of Gatorade, to replace the electrolytes that are urinated out with all the water. It seems like spending a lot of time in the toilet will be something we do for a week or so! From what we have seen so far, it will be so very worth it though!
Unfortunately, whilst we were sitting having lunch I started to really struggle for breath & was administered oxygen for 10 minutes. Apparently this 10 mins of oxygen will assist me for about 6 hours. Given I take chemo daily, I've been advised that I may not get the 6 hours, especially when performing any activity.....we shall see. Either way it won't be a problem.
I am going to try & post some photos of Santiago, Lima & what we have seen today....fingers crossed it all works ok.
We are both so very impressed with Scenic Tours that we are already talking about doing another tour with them....destination unknown at this stage.
Categories: 2012 - South America