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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco July 16th 2017

Most of us felt some effects from the altitude, I was a little dizzy and it felt as though the airport was swaying, rather like the feeling you have when you first land after a sea voyage. We left Cuzco to go to the market at Pisac,; unfortunately we had to take the longer route there to avoid the Teachers’ strike as they were demonstrating in the streets. Pisac was a pretty little town nestled in the Andes with a bright and colourful market. We were told by our guide that all the artifacts were locally made although the market goods would not be of such good quality as that sold in the galleries. I bought a lovely blanket, part Alpaca, to take home. We then went to Ollantaytambo an old Inca fortified city destroyed by ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco May 16th 2017

On our last day in Cusco we once again organised for our lovely driver, Mario, to take us to some more of the interesting historical sites in the area. We began by visiting the remains of the Inca capital - called Sacsayhuaman - which sits on a hill overlooking the present town of Cusco. Some sections were built by the Killke culture around the year 1100 who had occupied the area since the year 900. Sitting at 3701 metres, it was added to by the Incas from the 13th century. Only around 20% of the original area remains since the Spanish used some of the huge rocks to build Cusco. In 1983 Cusco and Sacsayhuaman were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Sitting as it does on a hill overlooking the present day Cusco it ... read more
The young honeymooners

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco May 10th 2017

Our last day in Bogotá was rained out to some extent which meant that we gave the plan to visit the Botanical Gardens away. Never mind we had lots of packing to do anyway. Nevertheless we still managed a couple of excursions, the first one being lunch with Marian, JD, Sienna and Marian's parents - Gloria and Alvaro - at El Dorida which is the most popular eatery in Bogotá. It was good to spend some time with Gloria and Alvaro who are lovely people; we hope it won't be too long until we get together again. Then in the evening we went with Marian and JD to their favourite French Restaurant in Bogotá. The four of us then caught an early flight to Cusco, Peru where we were met at the airport by what seemed ... read more
Cusko airport waiting for all e tourists to arrive
Meal at Greens Restaurant, Cusco
Church in Cusco's main square

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco March 21st 2017

David here... We arrived back into Cusco around 12:30 at a bus station a 10 minute walk away from Net House B&B. It took us a while to find it as the doorway only had a little card on it and it was shared with another B&B. Once inside we found a clean, small, friendly and pleasant place, with a nice room and access to a shared kitchen. We had plans for the afternoon so dumped our bags and headed out. Our first stop was the Qorikancha site, which was small but pretty good. Some interesting Inca and pre-Inca artifacts on display including skulls that had been purposely deformed from infancy to show status, and others with trepanation holes. This, and all the sights and museums we would be visiting while in Cusco, were included on ... read more
Puca Pucara

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco January 22nd 2017

Cusco My dream: I asked to see information about Peru, but was presented with a series of marginally related images, such as things beginning with the letter A because A stands for Alcoa which makes aluminum foil, and aluminum is from Peru. (Is it?) I woke up to discover the true source of my frustration. I couldn't breathe. Cusco is over 11,000 feet. I'd been drinking tumblers of chlorophyll for weeks in preparation for the altitude. To no avail. Even the slightest exertion, lying in bed asleep for example, might cause my lungs to suddenly claw for air. I was staying in a hostel in the Bohemian San Blas barrio of Cusco. It was the offseason, so I was the only guest. I was given the "penthouse," a charming room with a balcony that overlooked the ... read more
Coca Matte
Cusco roofscape
On the Edge

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco January 17th 2017

On ne s'arrête pas en si bon chemin ! Aussitôt redescendus du Machu, nous prenons une journée de repos à Cusco et en profitons pour booker notre transfert pour la Montagne Arc-en-ciel 🌈. Forts de nos expériences précédentes et des rencontres faites sur la route, nous ne voulons pas partir avec un guide et tour organisé car peu de services sont ajoutés à la sortie. Nous nous lançons donc en fin de journée à la recherche d'un transfert uniquement. Ça négocie sec, et on obtient le fameux transfert pour notre journée en montagne. Le lendemain, départ à 3h00 du matin de Cusco... Autant vous dire qu'on avait pas des supers têtes au réveil et qu'on ne sait pas fait prier pour poursuivre notre nuit dans le van malgré la musique péruvienne a fond !Après un peu ... read more
Rainbow Mountain 2
Rainbow mountain 3
Rainbow mountain 4

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco November 16th 2016

Cusco is the very famous city that leads to a lot of hiking possibilities in the peruvian Andes, the most famous being Macchu Picchu. I have been here over a year ago with my wonderful friend Ellie to see the Inca city so I was not going to go there again. However, while I was volunteering in Trujillo, I was told of a new hike that became available to the public since last february this year called Rainbow mountain for tourists, Vinicunca for the pros ;) and it looked amazing. It is very high up so I had to stay in Cusco for a few days to acclimatise and took the opportunity to go round all the craft markets to find some small christmas presents for the family. (small I said, cause I dont trust the ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco October 28th 2016

Martin recovered and was able to come with us to visit various Inca sites around Cusco; the guide was very good and explained how the Incas had built so many religious structures to worship their many gods like the sun moon and elements like water. Its hard to appreciate how they ver managed to construct such large structures with massive stone blocks cut to fit together with almost no gaps between them. Afterwards we went into the main square and Cusca and looked at the cathedral and some other buildings which were primarily Spanish but were often built using the stones they stole from the Inca temples and the gold which they also stole. Everyone else seems to be feeling a bit tired and just wants to have a sleep; I plan to walk into town ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco October 8th 2016

I know that pictures of my food is a little cliché, but Cusco, Peru really deserves some limelight. As vegans, Orion and I know the struggle of finding a balanced vegan meal. We honestly had no idea what typical Peruvian cuisine would consist of, but we imagined there would be beans and plantains. Our first few meals were a hassle. It seems that Peruvians will not answer “I don’t know” and will instead send you on a goose chase to somewhere that possibly doesn’t exist. Fortunately after scouring the city for vegetarian restaurants, we stumbled upon a cornucopia of vegan delicacies in the San Blas neighborhood. Without further ado, a bit on the things we ate: Prasada (Pura Vida!) on Qanchapata: Owned and operated by a Peruvian that embodies the Pura Vida attitude of Costa Rica ... read more
Ceviche at PerUK
Potato appetizer thing at PerUk
Salad at Salud De Luz

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco September 7th 2016

Traveling to Machupicchu by train I traveled more than a hundred of times by train and by car to Machupicchu, and train is the most comfortable and easiest way so far. Nowadays the Train leaves from Poroy or from Ollantaytambo Station the latter is the only option during the rainy season. If you leave from Poroy Station, it means some Pros and Cons. It means that you are closer to the city of Cusco (about 20 minutes driving van), but it also means that the trip to Machupicchu will take more time (almost 4 hours) and therefore you will enjoy the scenery more because the topography and landscapes of the mountains are quite beautiful, impressive, unique geomorphology and fractal geometry. On the other hand leaving for Machupicchu from Ollantaytambo at the Sacred Valley means that you ... read more
train to machupicchu

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