DAY 18.. PHASE ONE COMPLETE

Day 18..... Sitrep

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Woke this morning feeling slightly better than death warmed up and swearing I'm never going to drink a lot of wine at 12,000 feet again. Yesterday was not fun and drinking at altitude is not big or clever.

Off today to Tiwanaku today and Puma Punku, which I've bee looking forward to since I started planning this little jaunt. (See 'The Signs').

  'Gate of The Sun' at Tiwanaku. carved from a single block of stone.... was it really just hammers & Chisels??

'Gate of The Sun' at Tiwanaku. carved from a single block of stone.... was it really just hammers & Chisels??

  The H Blocks at Puma Punku..is the precision carving of these megaliths too advanced to be done by primitive tools.

The H Blocks at Puma Punku..is the precision carving of these megaliths too advanced to be done by primitive tools.

I was met early doors by Patia who was my guide for the day. We then spent an hour and a half picking other people up then drove straight past my hotel again. Drove out to Tiwanaku first through stunning countryside. Anyone who has done a 'Ex Med Man' (if you don't know what I mean you haven't done one) the terrain is very similar with the Andes on the edge..... stunning.

  precise, in depth, razor sharp angle's....??

precise, in depth, razor sharp angle's....??

Patia would make a good Provost Sargent in the military, as she used fear and precision as her main tools of group control, instantly coming down hard on anyone who even moved whilst she was talking; when I jumped over the ropes to take a pic of one particular stone carving (yes McElwee I know!), the world almost came to an end and I had to sit on the naughty seat on the way back.

  Machine Precision???

Machine Precision???

Today brings an end to phase one of this trip. The time I have spent in Peru and Bolivia have been superb. My arse has just stopped hurting after the horse ride to Markawasi, the night I spent camping at the Band of Holes was awesome. Nasca, Olantaytambo, Michu Picchi & Saccuhuwan have just added to my theories on human history & Bolivian street parties leave me with memories of a historic hangover and a great nights partying that I will never forget.

Tomorrow morning 'Phase 2' begins

Hey you there ... Yes you World Cup Brazil.. You sexy looking beast you... Mind if I join you??