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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

Walking in Machupicchu I hiked more than a hundred times in the park of Machupicchu, the area is quite big about 32000 hectares, but from its center, I mean from the entrance gate of the complex it takes around three hours to look around; however if you want go farther such as the Sun Gate which is part of the secondary royal trails, you should add an extra two more hours. Remember that your entrance fee allow you to be in Machupicchu no more than 6 hours in a whole day and keep in mind that facilities and toilets are outside by the entrance. What is common for those ones who want to see in Machupicchu in a enjoyable way, is that they split their visits in two days, the first day visiting around two hours ... read more
Machupicchu walking

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco August 19th 2016

Free day at the city of Cusco: There are many things to do in free day in Cusco, here some suggestions: Morning Shopping: If your first priority is shopping, so you could take a tour through the stores of Peruvian fine textiles, local handicraft, wood art, canvases with local style, jewelry, so it might take you all morning around Cusco downtown by the neighborhood of artisans known as San Blas. But if you are looking the traditional food market as well as things like trimmings such as yarns, skeins, fabrics or even folklore like witchcraft, so visit the Market of San Pedro. Regarding Textiles, there are many kinds and the prices changes as the quality increases from synthetic products (very cheap) until fine natural baby alpaca (which means the first shear) or even better but more ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco August 5th 2016

Cusco, Jul 7, 2016 It was hard arriving at Cusco at 5:00 am after a long flight initiated in San Diego. We were lucky that our hotel manager accepted an early check in at no additional cost. Our room was colorfully decorated with Andean themes, it was small but comfortable and included a private bathroom, free airport pick up, and daily breakfast. We were very tired, I personally don't do well sleeping during flights, so my son and I decided to take a long nap before going to our 1:30 pm city tour that I had previously arranged with the hotel. The beds were very comfortable and had enough blankets to keep you warm, even though that day it was extremely cold. We had the option of having the tour bus coming to pick us up ... read more
Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco July 14th 2016

Cusco, the Inca capital is incredible, not only for its history but it's friendly people. Our guesthouse, run by a local Cusco lady and her awesome dog Godart, was in her house behind a flooring shop which occupied the narrow corridor to her house. We only realised this was a shop after a few nights and always wondered why there was a lady with her baby surrounded by bits of wood sitting there as we would pass through to the house. Our first day in Cusco we checked out the cathedral, a building made up of 3 parts, then because the cathedral ticket gave you access to more religious stuff, we ended up doing a religious museum, another traditional church and a church at the top of Cusco, with great views out of Cusco, after a ... read more
Main square

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco June 13th 2016

Today just had a relaxing day in Cusco with no real plans. I woke up about 630 and laid in bed till about 9 before getting ready. No hangover which was great but tired and lacked energy to get up and go. Took it pretty easy today. Had a walk around Cusco and went back to the markets to have a look. Impressed with myself I actually found the way and recognised everywhere Andreas took us. It didn't take me as long to explore the markets as I expected. I ended up only buying a small pink Peru hat for Sarah's baby. Today was a big festival in the plaza so watched a bit of that lots of schools competing. I then went for an Inca massage somewhere near the hotel. For 100 soles it was ... read more

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

Today we travelled to Cuzco. The place everyone raves about. It's our last public bus trip which is nice but in saying that I have also been so impressed by the comfort level of them. Hate to say it but undeniably better then plane travel. Andreas was able to secure us a bus with wider seats in a 2-1 configuration. Most of the group was seated downstairs with 5 of us upstairs. I was in a 1 seater. There was 1 stop on the way to use public toilets and a few ladies were there with alpacas so I got my token alpaca photo. We arrived in Cuzco 330pm and met Andreas 4pm to go for a quick orientation walk. First he took us to the chocolate museum where we got to sample chocolate tea, 5 ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco June 3rd 2016

An early start to catch a short flight to Cuzco from Lima. This will be flight number 3 of 9 for this trip and I am pushing myself hard with my fear of flying by deciding to sit in a window seat for the first time ever. I am really glad I did as the views of the Andes are absolutely stunning! Once we arrive at Cuzco airport we are greeted by our G Adventures guide who will be taking us all the way to see Machu Picchu. The tour group is large with 16 of us in total. Apart from myself there is only one other solo traveller and the rest are couples. It does feel slightly awkward there being so many couples in the group, but everyone seems friendly. The age group very mixed, ... read more
Coca tea
Cathedral of Santo Domingo
Tasty pumpkin soup

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