Qorichaska Hostal

Calle Nueva Alta 458, Cusco, Peru
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Forum Posts

Moray Maras Salinas Hike - Independent hikers looking for details

by JoyZ

Hi- My husband & I would like to see Moray, Maras & Salinas (1 day hike, in whatever order is best) by hiking on our own. I read the 2006 posting from gonzo747. Is there anyone else who has done this who could help me with any additional details (pertinent landmarks, what to avoid doing, etc)?


Re: Moray Maras Salinas Hike - Independent hikers looking for details

by cium

I took the local bus to Maras (the bus that takes you to Ollantaytambo I believe) drops you off on the desvio (path that takes you to Maras). There are collectivos there that wait to get filled up and take people to Maras. From there you can hire a cab to take you to Moray (it's inexpensive but can't remember how much). I was so into Moray that I never made it to Salinas, but there is a path to follow that can take you there from Moray.

Travel Tips for Cusco

Flex Your Plans According to the Weather

by AKtravelers

The weather in Cusco during February can be quite wet. After all, it is the rainy season. Often, your days will be marked with showers, drizzle and even some quite heavy rain, but you''ll also get clear skies and sun. Since Cusco has plenty of museums and indoor activities, the weather should not ruin your visit. However, whenever the sun bursts out, you might want to alter your plans to enjoy the beautiful and interesting streets and plazas of Cusco -- and save that planned museum visit until the next rainy patch. Many of the localss will take advantage of nice weather, so you should too -- if for no other reason than to watch them.

Best Party is a City's Anniversary

by centerofgravity

Every single village in Peru has an Anniversary, and they typically each celebrate it in a spectacular way. Ollantaytambo's Anniversary is October 28-29th. The event begins with a daytime procession by every local diplomat, professor, and student. There are many special foods served on the street during the Anniversary including cuy and trucha. In the evening, an enormous stage was set up in the town square and bands performed all night long. I only lasted until 4am, dancing with Carlos who had gold stars on his teeth, but the square was still packed when I left.
I stumbled upon these events by accident when my bus couldn't go any farther on the road to Ollantaytambo due to the number of people in the streets, and we all had to walk the remaining distance to town. A few weeks later is was Quillabamba and Urabamba's anniversary. Quillabamba is a smaller town, so all of the men from there road motor bikes through the Sacred Valley to celebrate, and you could offer them crates of soda and pour confetti on them as they passed through your village. Urubamba's Anniversary was similar to Ollantaytambo's but larger and raining, because it is in mid-November. If you can, definitely try to attend a town's anniversary!

Visit the Town of Maras

by AKtravelers

Maras is a typical farming village of the high plains above the Sacred Valley. It has a small plaza de armas and one or two paved roads. But therest of the village is laced with muddy alleys, stucco buildings and people going about their daily business.

A Sunset Train Ride from Machu Picchu to Cusco

by AKtravelers

One of the most beautiful and entertaining train rides we have ever taken is the 3:30 Machu Picchu to Cusco train. The four hour ride lumbered up the Urubamba and Santa Ana Valleys and gave us stunning sunset views. The summer lighting was the envy of artists as the sun slipped behind the Andes. We passed farmers plowing their fields with oxen, kids playing soccer/football, women herding sheep and a market town. This was in addition to the entertainment on board, which consisted of a traditional Inca dance (in costume) and an alpaca fashion show put on by the attractive crew. All this with fabulous mountain views too!
The coup de grace, though, was the descent into Cusco. By the time we arrived, it was completely dark, so we had a great view of the illuminated Plaza de Armas as we descended into the city. For the whole trip, our eyes were riveted to the view. This definitely was NOT the train ride on which to get some reading done!

Great Cusquena Food with Entertainment Thrown In

by AKtravelers about Tunupu's Restaurant on the Plaza de Armas

Tunupu's was recommended to us by the owner of our guesthouse in Cusco, and we're glad we listened to him. The upstairs dining room is decorated in a colonial motif and we got to sit by a warm fire (always appreciated on the cool wet days of February at this altitude). We ordered traditional Peruvian fare, including Lomo Saltado and got complementary Pisco Sours to go with our meal.
Then, as we were finding everything completely delicious, a group of musicians took the stage, dressed in Andean clothes and sporting guitars and antars. Soon they were playing Peruvian songs and were occassionally accompanied by dancers. It was a fine evening.
Even though this meal was probably expensive by Cuzco standars -- I'm sure you can find plenty of meals for under $10 -- it was cheap by North American standards, especially when you consider the high quality.


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