A huge part of the travel is just about the journey. Today I took a 10 hour bus ride from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco. Though that seems like a really long time for a bus ride it really was not bad at all. In fact it was really fun to see the scenery change from flat flood plain to cloudforest to mountain top. Also it went from being not quite hot enough to make me sweat, but still uncomfortable to snowing and quite chilly. I think I was only the white person and English speaker on the bus but that’s okay.
I chose to travel with Palomino based on Dave’s recommendation combined the fact with the fact a top level front window seat was available. Movil tours is also recommended. It was pretty easy to arrange with my friends’ help. Dave drove me to the ticket office the day before to book my seat. Then in the morning Ian took me to the station and kept me company until departure time. We said some sad goodbyes, and then I was off on the bus.
I bought some snacks to take with me on the journey and we also stopped around 3pm for dinner that only cost 5 soles for soup, rice, chicken, lentils and tea. At dinner I managed to kind of have a conversation with the Peruvian guy that sat next to me. It was kind of cool that we could even sort of communicate past the language barrier, but once again it made me wish that I knew Spanish. This same guy was actually super nice and helped me a get a cheap taxi (5 soles) from the bus station to my hostel as well as taking me to an internet cafe because I had forgot to write down the address of my hostel.
Lesson of the day: Don’t forget to write down the address of your hostel so you can show it to taxi drivers. But if you do forget, make a friend and find an internet cafe to figure it out, or if all else fails and you’re in Cusco just ask to go to the Plaza de Armes and go from there.