October 24, 2005
To start the day today, I got together with Tom, Henry, and Lisa to plan our rafting trip. We decided to do a two day trip down the Urubamba river. We will camp overnight after day 1, so it should be a good time. The only problem is that I won't have any free time before my Inca Trail trek begins, so I will basically be away from civilization for six days.
After buying the tickets, we checked out the Inca Museum, which is supposed to be the best museum in town. Of course, being a good museum, it wasn't included in my tourism ticket, so I had to pay another entrance fee. The museum was really great, but it didn't get to the Inca culture until the very end, so its name was a bit misleading. Still, all of the artifacts from the various cultures that existed in Peru over 500 years ago were very interesting. Of course, they didn't let me take any pictures, so you'll have to take my word for it.
After seeing the museum, we decided to go to a movie. Batman Begins looked good, so off we went. I soon realized that the movie was in fact being played in a bar, not a movie theater. This was a good thing because it was free, but it also kind of sucked because the sound system was horrible. There was so much bass that it was almost impossible to make out what the people were saying. I got more from reading the Spanish subtitles than listening to the movie. Anyway, I still thought it was pretty good, but maybe I'll have to watch it again when I get home.
After the movie, I went back to the hostel to try and get some sleep in preparation for my upcoming excursions.