And I was still in the Lima airport food court, and it was still only 8:30am.
Watch dmvflickr for a couple of pictures. The shot I haven't taken yet is the "road that was just steps up" that my sister subjected me to when I arrived. She found a lovely hostel, but it was at one of the high points of the city (12000 ft). And I had felt fine, and still feel mostly fine, but this altitude exhaustion is bullshit. Your body is fine, its just that your heart quickly starts pounding, and takes forever to settle down. Fitness level means nothing.
So in 2 hours we start our camping/hiking expedition. Feel for me on Monday, when we hit the morning uphill climb from 3400m to 4200m.