|Farewell Bolivia, here we come Peru!|
Onward to Peru via Lima. A scenic drive from Cuzco into the Urubamba valley
I am half alive again after at least some hours of sleep tonight. At 8.15 we check out and get a taxi to the airport. The views of the mountains this morning are stunning. Our flight to Lima with Lan leaves 30 minutes early and the plane is half empty.
|over the Andes on approach to Cuzco|
How nice. Great scenery during the flight crossing more mountains and deep valleys. Two hours of transit in Lima Airport give us the chance to send 30 emails and to have a decent coffee.
By 13.40 we take off again to fly back towards Cuzco. This is scary! We are right in the middle of huge mountains and the approach to the valley of Cuzco makes me freeze.
|aerial view of Cuzco and the runway in the centre!|
Jeff Hall and his driver await us at the airport. Jeff is another ballooning contact of Phil (it’s really incredible how many people Phil knows around the world!).
He is a ca. 50 years old American from New Hampshire, aircraft mechanic and balloon pilot and he has been living out here for 8 years. His ballooning operation is the only one in Peru and of course we are eager to fly with him.
The drive from Cuzco to the small town of Urubamba takes around 90minutes with a couple of scenic photo stops on the way. The snow peaks of the sacred mountain Nevada Chicon (5530m) rise in front of purple blue fields and green pastures. “This is the area where he fly”, Jeff points out to us, “and you have to respect the spirits and the mountain Gods or something bad will happen!”
|our little B&B in the Urubamba valley|
We arrive at our little bed & breakfast pension in Urubamba at 16.30 pm. It’s called ‘Quinta Patavasi‘ and run by Jeff, an American Peruvian and his wife. He has got 7 rooms around a lovely little courtyard and from the balcony there are great views to the mountains. A place to relax and chill out.
For dinner Jeff takes us to a wonderful restaurant called ‘El Huacatay‘ which is run by the German girl Iris and her Peruvian husband. The food is absolutely excellent and nicely presented.
|dinner at a very nice restaurant with Jeff|
Phil tries the lama dish and I the local trusca (trout). Phil and Jeff talk lots about ballooning and aircraft friends and find that they know a lot of similar people. Small world!
Day 78/2 May
The flight to
via Lima involves some very spectacular mountain
scenery – and we even identify the tiny ……..where
we flew the balloon yesterday. village of B
The approach into
is a particularly hair-raising
procedural approach curving round the mountains. Cuzco
|what stunning scenery!|
Another remarkable coincidence is revealed when Jeff describes his father as having once owned a
|spectacular mountain views|
The journey to
All the while Jeff tells tales of enviable balloon flights he has made in Nazca, the Peruvian historic site, and on the Equator in
The evening meal at an eclectic adobe restaurant run by a young Peruvian and his German wife includes Alpaca steaks and excellent Argentinian red. The style is described as Peru Nouveau.