Friday, 2 October 2015

Cusco - Peru

We got back from the Manu Jungle tour at night and we were a little hungry, so we decided to wander around Cusco in search of food and found Amorino En Helados with empanadas in the window:

So we got some snacks! Pretty good and rather filling for a snack. 

The next morning, we finally got to eat the hostel's free breakfast (and they had bread but it wasn't as good as the one we got at the Manu Jungle tour). 

Then we were off to explore the city - first up was the San Pedro market:
Which had so much stuff to see and buy! The mercado had everything from home stuff like kitchen supplies to restaurant stalls and souvenir shops. And the chocolate selection here was pretty cool! (The milk chocolate I bought as a souvenir was AMAZING)

Then we went for another empanada run to a place recommended by the hostel staff:
They had Bolivian empanadas:
Definitely different and a lot heartier than the empanadas from the night before - really good. 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Amazon Wildlife Tour (Day 3) - Peru

Putting our feet up at the Bird Watching site (the muddy wall up ahead is Parrot Clay Lick)
Apparently the parrots eat the clay here to detoxify the poison from the berries and nuts they eat in the Amazon rainforest. 

We had breakfast of that delicious bread again:
So flaky on the outside with the crust and so soft and fluffy inside...yum (and it can keep for days!)

Then we got pancakes with dulce de leche syrup and designs! 

After that, it was time to drive back to Cusco, but on the way we made a detour to see the Animal Sanctuary:
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A parrot with a damaged tail feather (meaning he can't fly and protect himself from predators) and some adorable baby hogs. 

Then we had lunch on our way back:
Quinoa with sausage and egg - it was like fried rice, but better! A simple and delicious meal. 

Then we headed back to Paucartambo:

We got some snacks:
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The ice cream was 50 cents! We could barely believe it! The ice cream was pretty colourful - but tasted kind of like vanilla. 
Tres Leche cake
Pretty good - but rather sweet.  I really like the dulce de leche sauce! 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Amazon Wildlife Tour (Day 2) - Peru

Our jungle lodge:

Breakfast of fresh fruit! 
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The amazingly delicious bread and some kind of granola which was pretty tasty (and a bottle of peach yogurt - were we supposed to somehow mix them on our plates?)
Then I had my fresh fruit that I bought at Paucartambo - a pepino which was like an apple/pear, Capulin which were cherries and a passionfruit. All very yummy! 

After that we hit the road again to the Amazon river! 
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It's dry season, so the waters weren't rapids - but it made it a little difficult to navigate some spots. 

We got to our second jungle lodge and had lunch
Some kind of vegetable puree (which turned out to be the sauce for the fettuccine) and cheese and a chicken salad
Real meat and potatoes and these absolutely amazing ripe and delicious avocados stuffed with veggies and topped with queso. 

Fettuccine and yuca with vegetable ceviche

After our filling meal, we headed out to the jungle for a hike and to find some animals (like the capybara and hoatzin)
Rather serene - but really humid and hot. 

Then it was back for a snack of popcorn and dinner at the lodge:
Popcorn and yummy soup

Some kind of frittata with queso on top


And for dessert, we had chocolate pudding and a cracker. 

Overall: I had a pretty good day - my friends were a little miserable in the humidity and with the crazy small mosquitoes biting them.