60 Hours in the Incan Capital – in pictures
Cusco receives 2 million visitors each year. We were just a grain of sand (or kernel of corn) in that wave of tourism that has spiked as Peru has becomes an uber-trendy place to vacation. With only 60 hours in the Cusco area, Luis and I didn’t have time to properly do anything but we gave it a go. There are countless ways you can “do” Cusco and Machu Picchu, so we played pin the tail on the donkey and jumped on a plan that seemed to make decent use of our short time. Our snippet of Cusco and surrounding area included a few highlights:
Luis found and booked an excellent hostel for the 2 nights we’d be sleeping in Cusco. I just loved it. It’s only a few blocks from the plaza and has an excellent view from the rooftop terrace and some of the rooms. I loved the colorful décor and cozy feeling of the rooms. There are a LOT of accommodations in Cusco so I’m sure there are many great options, but we loved our little home sweet home.
After living in the gastronomic black hole of Tarapoto, walking past restaurant after restaurant was a treat for the eyes and kept my mouth constantly watering. Unfortunately we were able to only eat one meal in Cusco and go for drinks once but loved both Bodega 78 and Fallen Angels.
Exploring the area
We decided to hire a private driver/guide to take us from Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo, by way of Moras and Moray.
Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
Just as magnificent as I remembered it; sweetened with my honey along this time.
Flash tour of the city
With a few hours on the day of our arrival and an hour or two after returning from Machu Picchu, we were able to walk around a little bit and get a very brief feel for the central plaza and a few blocks in either direction.
I’ve now been to Cusco twice, and yet haven’t seen Cusco. Both visits only allowed for hours in Cusco, when days are warranted. Both of my visits also focused on Machu Picchu, so I also haven’t been able to properly explore all of the other things this area has to offer and explore. I guess the good news is that now that both Luis and I have visited Machu Picchu, if we return we can forego that attraction and focus on everything else.