19.10.2012 - 19.10.2012 25 °C
After a quite good night – only a small scorpion in the bathroom during brushing our teeth and a guy scaring me so much by knocking on our window that my heart almost stopped – we woke up rather earlier and prepared some breakfast as one of the workers from the salineras walked by and asked if we could give him a ride to the next village. Of course we wanted to finish breakfast first, so we just invited him to eat with us and afterwards gave him a ride. Again, it was a pretty informative drive – he told us that the salineras sell 50kg of salt for about 18 Soles. So yes, we were totally ripped off with the 100gr for 1 Sol as 1kg costs about 0,36 Soles… but OK
Well and so the drive that seemed to be never-ending started – right after a stop at the market in Urubamba… We kept driving and driving and driving until shortly after Abra Malaga (the mountain pass), where we stopped for lunch in a tiny town and ate with a really nice señor, who prepared the best pollo durado for us and we were already sure that we will stop here again on our way back! Furthermore, it was a really nice familiar atmosphere with cuys (guinea pigs) running around underneath the table But well, we had to continue driving – the way till Santa Maria was rather unspectacular and also there we didn’t have time for a break as we needed to get to Santa Teresa. And once you hit the road from Santa Maria, there is no more stopping on the way!
The drive from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa was much more exciting, or should I say scary, adventurous and breathtaking (but more in the way of stopping to breath because of fear, not because something is wonderful hahaha). This street was definitely the most narrow, with a steep slope, sometimes very steep so we needed to go rather fast to make it up.. yes really exciting as I said
But finally we made it to Santa Teresa, asked a few people for the Baños Termals and actually found them quite quick. As we saw the Baños we already know that it was all worth it! We couldn’t wait to get into the pools with clear water so one could even see the ground at night and so hot water that the steam was rising into the air. A quick dinner, a well-deserved beer, and by chances sneaking into a trekking tour to whom we told our travelling story for the first time – quite nice to see peoples faces when they here our story and even want to take pictures with our car And then we finally went to relax in the steaming warm water before we had an amazingly quiet night in the Dodge.