After the trek, we finally saw the wonderous Machu Picchu. "Wonderous" is quite possibly the understatement of the century, but a better description is beyond me at the moment. Definitely worth seeing in one´s lifetime.
Our plans following Machu Picchu are where the frustration comes in. Ongoing riots in Puno (where lake Titicaca is located) have caused some serious uproar and civil unrest over the last two months. Things got ugly at the end of May, but subsided, so we thought we´d be ok to visit. However, the riots escalated while we were on our trek and we weren´t aware of the situation until we arrived to the airport to go to Puno. Turns out the airport was closed. Lovely. After a few minutes of my tantrums (what airlines don´t notify you that an airport is closed and your flight is cancelled? Foreign ones.) and Dave´s usual calmness, we decided to just head straight to Arequipa. We had planned to come here after Puno, now we just ended up with a little more time in "The White City." We´ve loved it so far and are enjoying every minute of our urban and gastronomical adventures. I must say, Peruvian Chinese food, or Chifa, gives the ole´ US takeout a run for its money.
Just a few days left...then back to reality. Better eat as much autherntic ceviche and chifa as we can.