09.04.2011 - 17.04.2011 28 °C
Another border crossing, another country...off to the UNESCO-heritage city of Cusco. We arrived early in the morning, a few hours before Zaid flew in to meet us (how come his flights were all on time?!). It's a beautiful city, with several huge churches adorning the place. We had a few days to let Zaid acclimatise to the altitude (we were at about 3500m above sea level) before we set off on the Inca trail, so what better way than spending a lazy Sunday on a boat...we had arranged to go white-water rafting!! Due to the rainy season, the Urubamba river was at it's highest as we set off, paddles in-hand. Great weather accompanied a great day out as we tackled the rapids, and it ended with us hurtling along 50m long zip lines just to ensure we'd had our fill of adrenaline-filled adventure!
We spent the next few days wondering around the city, visiting some of the other Inca ruins. Cusco had been the heart of the Inca empire, and so many of the sacred sites had been built nearby (though some had been destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors). Zaid was moaning about seeing so much..I don't blame him as there were some pretty steep walks to negotiate! Roops kept saying how it was good training for the Inca trail...I bet he's regretting coming out already!