I was very pleased to be leaving my accommodation today as I hadn’t been overimpressed with it. JJ is very friendly but the room itself is very basic and the mattress is diabolical. It was also very cold, although that is true of most rooms in Cusco, and it never got any sun. The best part was actually the view and the fact, with two windows, it was very light.
I had booked an Airbnb room in Huarocondo, which is totally off the tourist trail, but the room looked very nice and luxurious by comparison to my accommodation of this week (and only a couple of dollars more). I had intended to take collectivos to get there but Lyle, my host, was dropping off guests at the airport so I arranged to go back with him (for a fee, of course!) This meant I had most of the morning to fill in, as he wasn’t picking me up until 1pm.
I sorted my belongings and walked down town to my cafe, where I am now recognised! I sat for a while over coffee and then strolled over to the plaza, in which I was to meet Lyle. Whilst waiting, I ate a sandwich and people watched, an occupation with which I am now becoming quite expert.
Lyle arrived right on time and we headed off, stopping at Izcuchaca to go to the market and bakery on the way back to the house. Thankfully, my room lived up to expectations and, for the first time in several weeks, I unpacked a few things out of my pack.
In the late afternoon, I took a short walk around the town, which is quite small with most houses made of adobe. I was the only gringo (or should I say, gringa) around so felt as though I was sticking out like a sore thumb but I am sure people here must be used to seeing Lyle and Lily’s (who is Peruvian) guests around town.
The town itself is renowned for its roast pig (lechon) and there are stalls set up around the main plaza with ladies selling it. I shall certainly have to try it. For this evening though, I have arranged to have dinner with Lyle and Lily, an option which strikes me as being extremely easy, particularly as there are few choices for dinner in town.