Customs... went smoothly with no hold ups! A thing that occurs few and far between! So we landed in Peru to a better reception than we had in Kenya – there was a single bus waiting for us
McDonalds was the usual breakfast sandwiches, but after seeing the prices of other food, it was
probably the most expensive meal we ate all day with only a fraction of the food. Little did we know, the 20 minute McD trip would be immediately followed by an 8 hour hike... It was an amazing hike, though it would have been better if everyone had proper gear (for example: running shoes, sweater, water bottles and deodorant). The Peruvian Scouts showed us to the brand name mall with a Starbucks, Tony Romas, Guess and all those high end and extremely expensive stores! An hour and 2 or 3 coffees later (for most people) one of the Scout girls who spoke a fair amount of English (awesome!) took us, by busy Peruvian bus, to her favourite restaurant on the other side of town for lunch. Best. Meal. Ever. We had a fun time trying to order food, as the girl who spoke English had to leave because she had to go to a dance class that she was veeeeery late for! We thanked her profusely! The food was a seriously scrumptious 2 course meal consisting of one of 4 appetizers and one of 3 main courses. After lunch we bused back to another point on the coast where we proceeded to train for Machu Picchu with another 6 hours of walking up the coast line, dodging traffic and running up extreme hills.
Dinner. Miscommunication with the Peruvian Scouts was decently limited, though everything seemed to work out! For dinner they were taking us to a market where we could sit down and eat. As it turned out, the market was actually a grocery store with a few tables in the Peruvian version of McDonalds. After buying a few cooked chickens, salad, French fries and fruit, we begged utensils from the staff and ate till our hearts content in the middle of the grocery store. The walk back to the Scout Shop was slightly awful cause after sitting down for like an hour after 8 hours of non-stop walking, the feet tend to get very sore!! Bedtime wasn’t too far after this point, and after a lot of stretching and feet-taking-care-of we were all in bed and ready for 8am Salsa class!
Written by Kristin and Mikey