view down from the ruins to Pisaq
The ruins of Pisaq have a very misthic fame. We went there on a sunday, one of the market days a week to visit the beautiful traditional market.
later we climbed up to the ruins of Pisaq from where we´ve had a beautiful view to the village.
ability to laugh
Cusco's weather is very variable. It can be roasting hot one moment and quite cool the next. It's best to dress in layers. Always carry toilet paper, only touristy restaurants have it on hand. Wide angle and polarizer to cut down on glare. Zoom for people pictures. It's good to keep a good attitude when people try and sell you things on the street. We found it best to just totally ignore them or they would not give up. Nice to have some friends to laugh about it all with too and the quinta was our favorite place to do it.
Pisac is one of the towns in the Sacred Valley known for its ruins and huge Sunday market. There are also smaller markets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We went on a Tuesday and there were more than enough variety of wares to choose from. You can also visit a traditional Quechuan bakery while you are there.
Getting around Cusco is easy, you can:
Walk.... fine in the centre. Not late at night though.
Taxis are very cheap... fixed fare about 2 soles (3 at night) or $0.60, but try for a licensed cab/ ones with telephone numbers if you can. In cusco 90% of cars are taxis.
Buses.. or 'Combi's are great too. Cost little(0.15c) and run frequently. They can be crowded, but its a good experience. You say 'bajar' (down), when you want to get off.
Great views of the Plaza de Armas
This restaurant serving Peruvian and International specialities is named after a German cult movie. Although we had never heard of this movie, we dined here for the postcard views of the Plaza de Armas from its balcony. This is a nice way to enjoy the activity of this square in a relaxed manner. The menu is several pages long and offers a nice variety to choose from. ranging from Italian to traditional Peruvian dishes . The servings are WAY too large! I had corn and cheese ,which is a traditionial Peruvian dish.The kernals on the corn cobs were the biggest I had ever seen!