So besides the fact that I’m currently laying in a hospital bed in Cusco instead of exploring Machu Picchu, I’ve actually had a pretty good experience here so far. 

Paredes Clinica Cusco

Paredes Clinica Cusco

This little situation began last Wednesday morning when I was packing up my gear after camping in the most amazing campsite I’ve found so far. 

river crossing

Beware – spiders live here!

As I was putting my pants on I felt something bite me on the bum. I felt around in an attempt to find out what it was but I was unable to locate any insects or spider. Unconcerned, I continued to get ready. 

That day Pablo and I had a heavy day on the bike cycling 76km including 2129 meters in elevation. That night I had a fever and spent a lot of the night on the Banyo. 

The next morning I was feeling a little better and Pablo and I continued on to Cusco which was only another 25km. (it felt further as I was pretty drained – literally).

Pablo and I arriving in Cusco

Pablo and I arriving in Cusco

After arriving I gained my energy back and Pablo and I explored the city. Its a huge place with different events and parades on everyday. I also caught up with my German mates and Jun my Korean mate.

Exploring the Markets with Jun

Exploring the Markets with Jun

During the following days I noticed I was developing a pretty impressive bruise on my bum where the insect had bitten me but I wasn’t sure if it was because of the bite or I was just badly bruised from the bike seat as it happened to be the exact same position. It started getting so bad that I could no longer sit and even laying down became very painful.

I continued exploring the markets and city with everyone and even booked a 5 day trek to Machu Picchu. 

Cusco Markets

Cusco Markets

I was getting concerned that my bum wouldn’t recover in time for the trek so I visited one of the thousands of pharmacies in Cusco and with a fairly substantial language barrier and a pretty full on photo on my camera, I explained my situation to the pharmacist. He gave me some cream and I thought my problems were behind me (excuse the pun).

The next day it was even more painful so I spoke with a good pharmacist friend in Australia who advised me to get some antibiotics ASAP as it was getting worse. I again visited my Pharmacy mate who loaded me up with Antibiotics. After another day it didn’t seem to be getting any better now causing me to walk with a bit of a limp. 

I postponed my trek until Friday and made my way to the local hospital and to my surprise I ended up with an english speaking doctor!! After some rather painful poking and squeezing she decided that I needed to be admitted to hospital and put on an IV drip with a strong Antibiotic. She reckons I should come good in a day or two. 

IV drip... I should be spiderman in no time!

IV drip… I should be spiderman in no time!

So here I am sitting in a little room watching the news in Spanish, hoping that I will be able to do my trek on Friday.