Day 73 – Back to Havana Again!

Our last day in Varadero….of course we spent it on the beach!!!!

It is truly like a Sandals TV advert there, so peaceful, so perfect. The only thing that ruins it is the rubbish. We sat lounging on the deck chairs under the umbrella all morning except for the occasional dip in the sea.

We checked out the market and hit the shower before the taxi turned up at 4pm to take us back to Havana (a two hour journey back – luckily with air conditioning!).

Back in Havana, it was school for dinner and then packing for more travelling tomorrow! It has been such a laid back weekend, I have so enjoyed it. I really needed it and with great company too!!!

Day 72 – Varadero

Oh dear. I was so hungover today it was ridiculous. It is so easy to get dehydrated here with how hot it is, the alcohol hit me like a tonne of bricks this morning. I felt awful. We were supposed to be ready to leave by 10:30am….because of me, we didn’t get to the beach until 12pm!

I was feeling extremely sorry for myself. The beach is the BEST place to be hungover. Laying under an umbrella on a sun lounger with water to sip, sun, sea and sand with the occasional nap. Ignoring the sick feeling…perfection!

We spent the whole day at the back relaxing and swimming and soaking the sun. When we left I was feeling human again!

We went back and showered to try and get rid of the sand….I’m sure it will be with me for the next month!!!! It gets everywhere! I was fairly presentable afterwards though and Roger decided he wanted lobster for dinner. We headed off to the best lobster restaurant in Varadero and man was it good! The presentation itself was amazing, but the taste….yum! I think I will dream about it for a while.

We went for a drink at the fated location from the night before and then headed home as we were tired from the night before and the days escapades.

The bestie made it to Varadero too!!!! (Before I forget!)

Day 40 – Machu Picchu

I can’t believe I made it to Machu Picchu. It doesn’t feel real even when I look at the pictures. Getting up at 5am was totally worth every second.

We joined the queue in Aguas Calientes and were soon on the bus on the way up. The views on the way up were undescribable. You were surrounded by mountains and could see the river cutting through, at a certain point you cut above the clouds. It was magnificent.

Upon arriving we had to climb maybe 100 steps to get to the famous viewpoint. As you rounded the corner to the viewpoint I felt the need to stop in awe. If the view coming up was magnificent, I don’t even have a word for this….

We were given some time for pictures before starting the guided tour of Machu Picchu. It was fascinating hearing how it was discovered by a professor a long time ago who disregarded and forgot about it as there was no gold obviously found at the site and how the various temples and symbols around the site related to the Inca’s belief in reincarnation and many Gods.

Once the tour had finished I decided to take a seat on a terrace for a little while and take it all in. It was a great feeling trying to get the reality of where you were to sink in. How often can you find yourself at a wonder if the world!

One of the guys from the hiking trek joined me and we decided to tackle to the stairs to the top guard building to get a good view and photos of course. Naturally the bestie had to make it all the way to Machu Picchu.

The sun was shining which was amazing but it was so intense, after a few hours I needed to get into the shade and so started towards the exit. At the restaurant by the exit I was reunited with Christine after her trek, it was great to hear all about it and how well they had all done! Back as a little group we headed back to Aguas Calientes to get some lunch.

This afternoon consisted of a 2 hour train journey back to Ollytaytambo, then a 2 hour bus journey back to Cusco and our stuff! Safe to say we all hit the laundry hard this evening and all alarms have been switched off for tomorrow….