Aguas Calientes

I’ve got a bit of catching up to do on my blog, so this will be my second post of the day. Don’t miss “A Work of Pure Fiction” below.

Aguas Calientes, as you may recall, is the town that everyone must go through in order to visit Machu Picchu. It may as well be on Mars, because it sure isn’t much like the rest of Peru. Mike took a few photos in town that he was proud of, so they’re featured below. Enjoy.

This is a special collage that Mike worked up. Literally every eatery in Aguas Calientes is called a “restaurant pizzeria” — no joke. These restaurants serve a mind-boggling combination of Peruvian, Italian, Mexican, American, and French food ranging from cuy to crepes. Nobody specializes and therefore everything is crap.

The only cool thing about the restaurant pizzerias was that each one had a nifty wood-fire oven. This one is decorated like an anaconda.

Pretty yarn.

These little hooligans kept getting whistled at by the tourist police. Their crime: playing in a fountain.

More hooligans. These tykes are playing in the gutters.

The only vehicles in A.C. are buses going up to Machu Picchu and trains coming from Cuzco. That’s why this man is hauling a load of bricks in a wheelbarrow. This is a very common sight since there is an awful lot of construction going on in town.

Well, that’s it for my Aguas Calientes wrap-up, but I do have a couple more random odds and ends to share with you:

1) The answer to the last trivia question is “Cheese of Pig.” This was a trick question, however. All of the items in the list appeared on menus in Cuzco, but “Cheese of Pig” was one that Mike and I saw earlier in the week.

2) There’s a new trivia question, very similar to the last one. We can’t help but find the menu items amusing. Don’t forget to make a guess.

3) Mike and I will soon be publishing a list of things we are looking forward to in America. Keep your eyes peeled for that addition.

One Response to “Aguas Calientes”
  1. Anonymous says:

    Good stuff, Jackie & Mike. I love your blog, too. Always makes my day. Wow – just 2 more weeks!! Hope the culture shock of sleeping indoors and having a closet full of clothes to choose from isn’t too much for you!Love you! Ma

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